Why did we think they’d get it right? We believed them too. And we began to plan ahead. Strange in the circumstances…

Let’s face it; they’d got it wrong so badly so much. But last week we were told the sun was going to shine.

It happened. Just like they said!

After a grisly start to the week, on Wednesday, as promised, the sun broke through and shone, and shone and shone.

But dry conditions + shining sun = total mayhem! A summer’s worth of jobs to do in days.

meadows-in-waiting - abundant red clover our 2nd cut grass

meadows-in-waiting - abundant red clover our 2nd cut grass

Apart from our window saga (see tomorrow’s post), our second cut haylage was well overdue. By Friday the ground was tentatively dry enough for machinery to drive over. On Friday afternoon we cut. I was pleasantly surprised by the shear too – more than I thought.

willow and skye in the freshly cut Rutleigh

willow and skye in the freshly cut Rutleigh

We turned the grass on Saturday in the shining sun with a good drying wind. On Sunday, eventually, after seven gruelling hours of  machinery breakdowns (our contractor’s) all our second cut haylage was baled and wrapped. In organic systems  second cut forage is jam-packed full of proteins from the clovers; it’s also soft and palatable. We call it ‘rocket-fuel’ – perfect for calves and freshly calved cows.

at last! the baler works...

at last! the baler works...

From an ideal vantage point. Ness and Willow observe the frantic activity.

ness and willow

ness and willow