Lots and lots of sunshine. The weather may break tonight, which will be a relief. Meanwhile, it is ideal hay/haylage making weather. Our neighbour was out, lickety split and had the field opposite cut in no time.
The lad who rents the field from us wasn’t quite as fast; though he is baling for hay rather than haylage. Still, all done ahead of the potential change in weather. It’s so much easier to rent the grazing to someone else rather than chasing a contractor to cut and bale. Everyone wants the hay cut at the same time. The fields are looking quite bleached but within a fortnight they will be green again.
On a much smaller scale, the lovely OH cut the grass in front of the polytunnel with the sickle bar mower. Not for hay or haylage. I’m using the grass to earth up potatoes. I’m afraid, given the heat, I just gathered up the cut grass as fast as I could and lumped it over the potato haulms. Not very elegant but hopefully will produce a crop. I must go and investigate the earlies.We are finding that it pays to set the alarm a little earlier and get out onto the holding before the sun becomes too hot. By midday we are finished with working outdoors and retreat from the heat. In the tunnel the nasturtiums are blooming – another flower to add to the evening’s salad.
Reading this week: 60 Degrees North by Malachy Tallack