on the farm in July

Great Forest field

Great Forest field *

On the farm, all is calm. Today.  Weather reports are checked every couple of hours, the barns have been swept and wheel nuts checked on trailers. All working parts on anything that moves have been cleaned with the air line or greased or banged with a large hammer.

Little Forest field

Little Forest field

The fields have gradually changed in colour from green to gold and the heads of wheat are bowing over, a sure sign that the wheat will soon be ready to harvest. Tomorrow, all being well, the combine should start cutting the oilseed rape. Life will move up a gear as tractors and trailers bring the oilseed rape back along the road that only last week was filled with bicycles as Le Tour de France passed through. Then there should be a short break before the wheat harvest starts.

hazelnuts ripening

The hazelnuts are ripening in the hedges around the farm. It’s a good year for these, though I know that the squirrels will take most of them before they’re ripen, so I may have to be content with photos.

gloucestershire old spots pigs

The two pigs press their noses to the fence every time someone walks by, in the hope they may get fed extra rations. They’re particularly dirty at the moment as they’ve been wallowing in the muddy water to keep cool.

Meanwhile, Morris the fox terrier would happily spend all day jumping into the pond. A very sensible pastime on a hot day like today.

 

* You can see this view photographed each month [here]

23 thoughts on “on the farm in July

  1. Farming is not for the faint of heart. You have quite a place there and I imagine the dogs absolutely love it. Morris got really good distance on his first dive in.
    I am very jealous of those hazelnuts.

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  2. I can’t keep a couple of the whippets out of the river, the other three though stand on the bank and look at them as if they’re mad. Looks like Nelson will soon be braving getting his feet wet!

    I do hope this ridiculous weather isn’t causing too much harm to your crops.

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    • It’s funny how some dogs can’t wait to jump into any water while others refuse to get their toes wet. I dog sit for one that jumps in every muddy puddle it sees even in the middle of winter.
      So far I don’t think the rain has done any damage but I think we may be getting more thunderstorms later. Haven’t they been spectacular?

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