2017 hays harvest is now finished, during the hottest week farmer J was in his tractor cutting, turning, lining and bailing. Not as much as last year due to the weather with early frosts that stopped the grass from growing and dry periods but hopefully with last years left over bales there will be enough.
Again this year there was tractor problems, the exhaust feel off during cutting so a make shift tin can and metal tape measure made a temporary mend, oil leaks and other technical stuff saw Farmer J popping by the local tractor mechanic who's garage is between us and La Contie, he to has been working flat out on all the other farmers emergency repairs and machine breakdowns. The machinery does get a hammering around here due to the terrain, flat fields have a lot going for them.
The fields around now have bobbins dotted around in them as we have had a week of rainy weather (which has been lovely) they will be out for a while in order for their outsides to dry out, at least they won't be conbusting, which is why they are left out in the first place.
So this week farmer J has had a break from being in the tractor,our beef came back so has been vacuum packed, boxed, delivered and collected. Tomorrow a log splitter is being picked up which works off the tractor ready to start work on clearing all the wood from the trees that were felled in the chestnut woods and those that fell in the wind.