I'm going to start a new theme to blog about from time to time - 'Life on the Farm'. My husband, Mark, is the main farmer around here, but me and the boys have plans to get more involved as time goes by (i.e. as the boys get older!). I jumped at the chance this week to help Mark out with a lift to the Barley Field we have bought straw from this year, and watch him stacking everything up ready to haul back to the barn. Over the winter we need approximatley 4 bales of this stuff a day as 'bedding' for our cows, who come in to the barns during the cold and generally wet Winters. This amounts to about 500 bales in total needed to cover us for 120+ days of the cows being housed. Barley straw is lovely and soft, and a really bright yellow. It can also have Molasses added to it to feed the cows. It's therefore a good variety to have in, as it can double up as bedding and a feed if feed is tight.
Anyway, I think the boys loved coming out for an hour or so in the beautiful Quantock countryside. This was a huge field (not our field - we have just bought the straw from a neighbour, and have to bring it back to our farm).
I have been looking at some recent blog posts of beautiful Lavender fields (Manneskjur, Actually Mummy, Podcastdove) so this is my version! Not quite the same, but beautiful and sensory in its own way, too.