boys and their toys

Nothing quite like a quiet Bank Holiday weekend!

I expect the Tamworth gilt to have her very first piglets by tomorrow so I am spending the day trotting between the garden and her pen and to cheer her up along the way I am bearing little gifts of weeds [fat hen] and shot lettuces.

In the meanwhile my Jethro has just resorted to the largest scale farm machinery he has in order to prepare the brassica bed for planting out of the many seedlings. The untilled ground in the veg garden has set like cement and the rotavator, which he normally uses could not cope with the rock hard ground. I hope to post a picture later it is really too funny to see!

However, the total lack of precipitation is beginning to look very serious with yields of grain, hay, silage and British grown vegetables all predicted to be well down. We may enjoy the dry weather to work in every day but by golly the land needs the rain. Even if we get a lot of rain now it may actually be too late for some crops. A very dry April AND May is unusual.


Filed under Country Life, food and farming, rural musings, Food, Life

3 responses to “boys and their toys

  1. I don’t know what part of the country you hail from but we should have rain in the south before tomorrow. Fingers crossed. The veg patch needs it.

  2. Tiggywinkle

    Is the weather ever right. Here in Ireland we have had an extremely wet May. Crops rotting in the ground, and cattle in sheds. I love Tamworths, do let us know how many she has. Hope the right horse turns up for you. You have a big job ahead planting out all your vegs. Reading your blog is my personal weekly farm visit, and I am learning so much.

  3. Over here around the Great Lakes we got all our precipitation as snow. The spring has been pretty dry, and the danger of wildfire is high. But the fruit farmers are planting new trees and Mark White’s barn is whole again after the roof collapsed under the weight of December, so there’s an air of optimism abroad.

    Your posts are a delight. I’m glad I wandered over here from Mrs. Uhdd’s blogroll. I wish you gentle rains at just the right time.

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