The arrival of July meant we could finally get down to making our feed for winter. Although we always hope for hay, the weather rarely plays ball with calendar farming, and our traditional hay meadows tend to become silage.

Most years we’d get a small window of opportunity to make a couple of fields into hay, but this year it just didn’t work out. I found this rather disappointing as there is something very enjoyable about working hay outside in the sunshine, and the contentment of looking at a full hayshed after a hard day’s work would do your heart good.