July 2009
51mm of rain for June quite dry for the last two years and we have now cut our hay the weather is certainly hot enough at over 28c yesterday and so far we have avoided the thunderstorms although we have heard of flooding a town centre only 4 miles away from here. The topping is more or less finished on the meadows and there are just two paddocks on the key field to finish. Part of today’s job however is to fix a weld on the haybob’s headstock and collect two escapee heifers from Chris next door.
Sorry for the lack of posts for the last 20 days but I’m on Dorothy’s laptop as my usual machine is refusing to talk to the internet. We baled the hay two weeks ago tomorrow and it is still under the cubicle shed on trailers as it has rained nearly every day at some time since and the gague at present says 72mm. We had a successful day at the opening of the refurbished Sandbach cobbles and the morning’s drizzle cleared to a nice day with a similar story at the Blakemere craft centre however sadly Sunday’s second day of the Romiley young farmers show was rained off. I had dropped off the trailer the previous evening and met torrential rain on the M56 on my journey home and the A556 was down to two lanes as the outer lanes were awash as the drains couldn’t cope. I really feel for Romiley as bad luck with the weather had dogged them for the last 3 years in succession. Our quiz night’s at the Three Greyhounds seem to be a success with 15 teams competing last night. Next weeks request has been for “younger” questions. Several teams have already learned to be careful what they wish for so we’ll see next week !!.
Back on the farm and I need to do some more fencing on the top of the middle banks so tomorrows job seems to have sorted its self.
The hay is still on the trailers but we have now got as far as pulling the elevator out and it has been test started and it went without a hitch. The cows are grazing on the farm side of the drive field and Anthony along with Emma our latest victim who has just finished A levels and wants to be a vet have also repaired the fence on the middle banks which have grown like mad due to this wet spell and need the heifers back on them. Today has seen Emma helping de-horn a heifer calf and we have been collecting log wood ready for cutting up for the stove next winter.That is another job we have now started putting another log burner in the dining room as it has had a slight damp problem since the double glazing was installed and re-opening the chimney will allow better air circulation and the dining room is below our bedroom (Dorothy likes this idea) More soon PHIL.