The fine weather makes it possible to get a late cut of grass for haylage, very welcome after such a difficult year. It will provide the cows with some tasty winter feed. It is always scary to see the laden trailer squeeze past our stone gateposts!
With snow until March and the summer drought it's been a really difficult year for livestock farmers. This means that the fine sunny weather forecast for this week provides the chance to cut a late crop of grass from our fields. It will help feed neighbouring cows through the winter.
Woke to fine rain which has been falling most of the night. Again this morning I can hear geese flying over the farmhouse calling to eachother, I wonder where they go on their daily journeys. Little birds chatter in the hedge and the sheep have spread themselves out to enjoy the lush, damp grass.
The light on the woodland opposite us looks beautiful this afternoon as the trees start to develop their autumn colours, helped by two frosts this week. I can't believe we've reached the end of September already.
The wind brought down quite a few crab apples so on the spur of the moment I decided to make crab apple and chilli jelly, unfortunately I couldn't find my jelly straining bag and then I had to dash to the shops to buy some more small jars! I had some dried chillies so I thought it would look pretty to put one in each jar ... I hope this isn't a mistake!!
Yesterday evening we had sheep arrive in the field opposite, my favourite way to waste time is to watch them. They are this year's bottle fed lambs. Two were born blind and are still with their mums. The first night there is a lot of baa-ing as they orientate themselves.