Blogtober 2023 : Day 2

It’s a bit of a damp and gloomy day today – not unlike most of the weekend, to be honest!  The dog and I dodged the rain showers this morning to take a quick walk out into the fields.

I was writing about these particular fields in last month’s Monthly Musing as I’d seen trees being taken down by the new farmer (or whoever works for them) and I was sad as they’ve been here for as long as we’ve lived in Winwick and probably longer.  The good news was that they didn’t take out the whole copse of trees as I’d worried, but instead had taken out a line of them so that a field could be extended.  They’ve also ploughed the field in a different direction to the previous farmers which has caused a bit of a problem with following the footpath!

A black dog stands at the edge of a footpath where the rest of it has been ploughed

It was very definitely a welly walk!

Christine is standing on a muddy field with the dog, wearing her purple welliesA footpath through hedges is cut off by a ploughed field A flock of seagulls is following a tractor as it ploughs a field

It was quite heavy going walking across those furrows, but there is still a designated footpath there, people are allowed to walk on it even if it means traversing the furrows and the farmer is obliged to reinstate the footpath within two weeks, so hopefully it will be easier going soon enough!

Shiny furrows in a ploughed field A tractor ploughing a field.  The field looks very wet because of recent rain

The ground is really wet, even the tractor was struggling to get across at one point.  I did wonder who would rescue the tractor if it got stuck!

You can see in this photo below where the trees have gone – there was a line of them from behind where tractor is out to the pylon but now that’s all one big field.  Oh, I know all about progress and economics so this is more for my memory than muttering to you about it, but I am glad that they didn’t take all the trees down.

A view across a harvested field from underneath a tree. The shadow of the tree is on the ground and beyond that, the field is both golden from the cut barley stalks and green where the grass is starting to grow through. The sky is blue with a few clouds.

And this, my friends, is the joy of Blogtober – me rambling on even more than usual!  See you tomorrow!  🙂


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10 Responses

  1. Barbara says:

    Nothing like a good ramble. That field really does look hard going at the moment. We had a field opposite us that they ploughed in the opposite direction one year. The down side was massive flooding into the lane when it rained. They only did it once. ! B x

    • winwickmum says:

      Oh no! That was a bit of a disaster! I don’t think that will happen here – I think they’ve probably chosen to plough the other way so that they get long runs up and down the slope rather than across, but we’ll see if it’s a regular thing! 🙂 xx

  2. Annette says:

    I know sometimes it has to be done but it’s always sad to see trees being cut down. we all need more nature I our life

  3. Caz says:

    Good for us that you’re doing Blogtober…it’ll be lovely to get more posts from you!🥰🥰
    I hate it when I see trees being cut down like that….I do hope the farmer has plans to do some replacement planting elsewhere on his farm!
    Today started miserable for us but fortunately dried up so me and fourpaws could get out for a bit of exercise- she’s not too happy though as it’s Dad’s golf day today so she has to put up with a shorter walk cause she pulls too much for my arthritic shoulders to cope with for long 🙄

  4. Joy Wilson says:

    I always feel sad when trees are cut down. They add so much quality to our lives without us noticing much of the time. 🌳

    • winwickmum says:

      I think that’s part of the trouble sometimes – we don’t notice them until suddenly they’re gone. Hopefully more will be planted somewhere else, though! xx

  5. Lindsay says:

    I commiserate re ploughed up footpaths, I got rather bogged down in one last year, had to give up 😡
    I absolutely appreciate what farming is about (married to a former one, now retired) but it’s frustrating isn’t it? Not to mention all that mud!
    The dog had a lovely sniffy walk earlier, followed by a chase around with her loopy Labrador friend 😊

    • winwickmum says:

      I bet you’ve seen a lot of mud over your husband’s career! I haven’t been up to the path since my photos but I know it’s a well-used footpath so I expect it’s easier to get across now, and hopefully it won’t be long before it’s properly flattened again. I’m glad your dog had a good walk! 🙂 xx

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