Whilst we’ve had a lot of hot dry weather up here, the ground was so wet that we’ve seen very little sign of grass burning off. Indeed everything still looked pretty green even before the last lot of rain. This is especially true of anything deep rooted. When you look at the photo above, I’ve got to get through there with a quad bike at times.
We aren’t a big farm but we have an interesting collection of soil types. Down on our bottom land we’re right on the clay, and as you can see by this photo, it’s cracked nicely. We really need a dry spell at some point in the year to crack the clay. It lets the air in and also improves the drainage. Indeed if it cracks like this, when it rains, the ground holds the water rather than having it just run off the surface and into the beck.
There are other signs that we’ve moved firmly from spring to summer. Even a quick glance at this field of barley will show that it’s starting to ‘turn.’ From now on it’s going to stop growing and start ripening. I suspect further south the combines will be working in a month.
One thing I’ve stopped doing is feeding sheep. The lambs are old enough to be able to get their nutrition out of grass. At the same time the ewes will be slowly cutting down the amount of milk they produce so they too can manage entirely on the grass they eat.
Now Sal and I walk round sheep, and their reaction to me is different. Whereas when I was on the quad they’d mob me looking for concentrates, now when I walk in they might drift across just to check. But all in all they’re starting to lose interest and a lot of them would rather sit in the shade and just watch me go past.
Still, it has to be said that on a fine morning, looking sheep isn’t a bad job. I worked out it took me about an hour and that means I must be walking nearly three miles.
Luckily my co-worker, who is faster than me, is happy enough to wait for me to catch up.
Well actually I was, as they say, proper chuffed recently. Somebody was writing about my books on one forum or another and made the comment
“but in all seriousness, they are great fun, intelligent, whimsical and a very easy read.
Ankh-Morpork meets the City State of the Invincible Overlord… or something.”
So what’s not to be chuffed about? If you’re interested I’ve got another one out.
A licence to print money: The Port Naain Intelligencer
An honest cartographer attempts to steer his way though grasping bureaucrats, bent bookmakers, magistrates who practice performance poetry and a young lady who wishes to end an ‘arrangement.’
Can Benor see justice done? Will Mutt finally meet his match? What do they teach aspiring temple dancers nowadays?
Oh and there’s another story coming out in installments as part of a blog tour
If you want to catch it, it’ll be on these blogs
|A licence to print money tour, addresses|
|Wednesday 20th June||Annette Rochelle Aben||Episode 1||https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com/
|Thursday 21st June||Suzanne Joshi||Episode 2||https://patriciaruthsusan.wordpress.com/
|Friday 22nd June||Chris Graham||Episode 3||http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2018/06/22/tales-from-the-port-naain-intelligencer-collection-blog-tour-episode-3/
|Saturday 23rd June||Robbie Cheadle||Episode 4||https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/
|Sunday 24th June||Craig Boyack||Episode 5||https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2018/06/24/a-license-to-print-money/
|Monday 25th June||Sue Vincent||Episode 6||https://scvincent.com/
|Tuesday 26th June||Chris Graham||Episode 7||http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2018/06/26/reserved-for-jim-webster-2/
|Wednesday 27th June||Sue Vincent||Episode 8||https://wp.me/p1wss8-fyz|
|Thursday 28th June||Annette Rochelle Aben||Episode 9||https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com/