Tag Archives: hand hay making

Peening, Tai Chi Mowing and the rain

What a busy end to the week we had last week! Thursday and Friday were a mad rush to finish off and bring in the hay that we had saved from the rain last week and that which had been cut on the Introductory Scythe Course on 4th July. Then we were busy preparing for the next round of workshops. Six people joined us on … Continue reading Peening, Tai Chi Mowing and the rain »

Watching the Weather

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 … Continue reading Watching the Weather »

Back Home and Back Mowing

Phil got back from the West Country Scythe Festival last night. He was back out mowing for hay first thing this morning. Essential parts of an early morning mowing kit! Coffee sweetened with honey from our own bees As usual, much fun was had at the scythe festival and during the courses in the run up – teaching, talking, the Scythe Association AGM, scythe displays … Continue reading Back Home and Back Mowing »

Frosty Hay Making

What unusual hay making weather it has been. The wind has blown from all four quadrants and has now settled in the North. We have had at least two June grass frosts this week, including one last night (emergency fleece has been deployed in the garden to protect tender crops!). Usually when hay making work in the day is hot and rowing up and hauling … Continue reading Frosty Hay Making »

Mowing with a Scythe

Here is Phil mowing in the Top Field early yesterday morning. The crop is shorter then usual after a cool spring, although it never grows very long on the majority of this herb rich meadow dominated by Rough Hawkbit (Leontodon hispidus ). We have about quarter of an acre down now, cut in three morning sessions of about an hour each. Phil will mow for … Continue reading Mowing with a Scythe »