Saturday, 1 August 2009
On the farm in August.
These photos are characteristic of many farms in August. The Combine Harvester can be see working away on arable farms throughout this month. The farther south you travel in the country the earlier the harvest usually begins.
Our land is all hill land consequently it doesn't lend itself to the vast open plains that many arable farmers work. We don't harvest any of their crops but we do buy the straw once the barley or wheat have passed through the machine.
The straw is collected and stored on our farm and used for bedding the sheep pens in lambing time. As seen in the top photo, round straw bales are often seen in fields prior to collection. In a large building this shape can literally be rolled out onto the ground after the tractor has dropped it into the most convenient place, therefore making life a little easier for the farmer.
So once the weather improves and combining begins we will be seen on the highways and byways straw collecting.
On a more personal note this month of August is going to be very special as our first grandchild is due during the fourth week. I will keep you posted!!!! A grandma to be !!!