Internet weather forecasts make weather watching while hay making a different game from the past, with multiple updates during the day and hourly predictions.
You can still get caught out though. When Phil started mowing last Friday (26th June) a relatively stable period of weather was forecast. This slowly changed into a mix of hot sunshine and heavy, thundery showers.
For the first time in a long time we were caught with hay down that was nearly cured but not up on racks or otherwise protected when heavy showers hit on Wednesday (1st July). During this last 24 hours of settled weather we have been hard at work to save the hay and get it in before the next showers hit. Spreading, rowing, hauling, racking and making haycocks from several days worth of mowing to get it all safe.
The full story is to follow, right now I’m done in. Anyway, the hay is safe now – let it rain!