We have been full steam ahead with the hay and so far it is (if I do say so myself) fantastic! We even have a really good second cut growing like crazy which has scuppered Rufus’s driving lessons in that field. I love the contrast of pictures of haymaking now and in the 1940’s. One is James and the other his grandad.
As always when dealing with cattle we have had our dramas. One beast (only one with horns) managed to get its head well and truly stuck in a hollow tree. This was in the evening on a Saturday night just as I had poured a glass of wine and put on Netflix (well it would, wouldn’t it?) I could not cut down a 300 year old oak tree or use a chainsaw perilously near its head.
When we tried to lift up it resisted and pushed down, so I tried pushing down and it lifted up but not enough. In the end we noticed it kept lifting alternative feet so as it was on an old logging track and there were plenty of flat stones around, we shoved one under each time the foot lifted until after only 5 minutes there was enough height for the head to ping out. This method used minimal stress, for the beast anyway. We then filled the tree with old branches to stop it happening again.
At last with the reopening of fast food outlets the beef price has gone back to where it should be. I do hope that many of you out there will have signed the food standards petition to ensure that meat is not imported which we would not be allowed to sell here.
You really are best off buying locally and buying British. Maybe this will be a positive aspect of Covid 19. Longhope is so grateful and proud of our little village shop and the tireless work that has been done to keep us all supplied with essentials.
This is my very last chance to save the old stone barn. Attempt number one was just before the 2008 crash so all work stopped.
Attempt number two was just before Mike became so ill and it was just impossible to proceed.
Attempt number three is now. Let's hope the financial boys see it the same way I do. We will then use the barn and field for weddings. It would be a great ‘bounce back’ project. I have a really competent, young, enthusiastic builder who even sent me a kiss on the bottom of his text by mistake and was subsequently mortified at his error. As I pointed out it could have been a lot worse and it made me smile.