Even when Mike was too ill to venture out I would pop back in every half an hour or so, often with a list of questions. Actually Mike did go out once in the landy to look at the hay, he got out of the car and told us it was ready to mow. Then declared, “I bet I’m the only person to stand in this field in pyjamas and dressing gown”. I bet he was!
With farming everything has to continue whether we like it or not. When I had the phone call to say Mike had died James and I were in the hay field, we stopped and sat in the cool of the trailer…talked for a while, then one of us (cannot remember who) said we’d better get on with the hay. I could hear Mike saying “back to work then”.
Coming from recruitment to farming has resulted in some (one off) rookie mistakes. Poor James started to load a trailer at very back which caused it to lift from the tractor and gently roll down the slope. Of course in the time honoured way any mistake always has to have an audience, on this occasion Mark Sealey our hard working contractor and his drivers who were rowing up, wrapping and baling while laughing and giving a ‘thumbs up’…..it was only a slight slope and miraculously the trailer drifted straight through a gateway and was stopped by the hedge with no damage to anything. Somebody was looking out for us that day. There aren’t many of us in farming who haven’t had kit ‘run away’; I just want to know why we all run after it knowing full well there is literally nothing we can do?
My Grandma used to say “if the Lord don’t come he do send” and this has been the case with our lovely workaways Jack and Kerry. They contacted me and said they didn’t need me to feed them or take them out as we usually do, they just wanted peace and quiet, a caravan to live in and they would help out on the farm. My goodness it’s been great! Jack has been pointing up the walls of the stone barn (he helped in Boscastle after the flood with the renovations years ago). They have lots of ideas and have tamed the garden. We usually have younger workaways but at a time like this being just a bit older suits us well.
Forage supply is starting to pick up winter approaches. There is a good supply, but no small bales this year. Big are much better value for money anyway.
We are all so very proud of our Saturday boy, Jacob. A fantastic set of A level results and a place at Liverpool to study Veterinary Science. His quiet calmness in just about every situation will stand him in good stead.