The swallows are gone. Last Thursday, the weather changed. A harsh wind circled around the farm and temperatures dropped. It’s been a good dairy farming year to date. Winter is now definitely on the way. My grandson Ricky woke crying during the night. My daughter Julie thought he was just cold. It feels early to be putting on heating, but on it will have to go.

Still, all the farming activities are pointing towards winter arrangements and preparation for spring. Tom Healy, who supplies our straw has made several trips over the last few days. The familiar clanging of the bale trailer and the sight of golden straw bruss along the edges of the drive means winter bedding is stowed. Tim spread out bark mulch across the cow sheds to allow it to dry out before the straw will go on top. It will add soakage and reduces the cost of the straw.