Unlike mechanical mowers a scythe is perfectly happy cutting wet vegetation ….which is lucky really, considering the weather we have been having. The view out of the window may not be very enticing, but sometimes you just have to get out there and mow! In fact, damp drizzly days can be an ideal chance to catch up on some mowing jobs. Mowing in the Rain … Continue reading You Can Scythe in the Rain.
National Meadows Day last Sunday saw us spending a fair part of the day out in one of the Trust’s meadows, saving the hay. This is grass that was cut in the rain on our last scythe course. We would not normally choose to cut hay in such weather, but it is an interesting challenge to save it despite the less then favourable conditions. The … Continue reading Saving the Hay
The late summer weather has not been easy haying weather. If we waited for 4 or 5 days of sunny weather in a row, as is commonly suggested as needed for hay making, we wouldn’t have made much! In fact, there have only been two occasions which might qualify in the last two months, 7th – 10th July and 15th -18th August, and neither … Continue reading Late Summer Haying and Mowing Grains with a Scythe
The haycocks made on Thursday were spread this morning to finish drying and then brought into the barn this evening. The green mowings from this morning and yesterday were spread and then rowed up again. All ready for the next lot of rain due to arrive by tomorrow morning…….
On Sunday evening, the “Tai Chi hay” cut on the weekend course was rowed up to hold it safe over the forecast drizzly days. Monday was damp as expected and Tuesday was even wetter. On Wednesday, Phil spread the hay to dry it as much as possible with the help of our volunteer. Rain was forecast for Thursday afternoon and the aim was to have … Continue reading Tai Chi Hay
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
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