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Friday, 21 August 2009

Scene change

summer•shorts no:13


The view from The Wild Wood was transformed from summer to early autumn this week. The dust in the air and rumble of the combine harvester signalled the end of summer – a quick scene change this year as the 24/7 mechanical munching endeavours to out-smart the weather.

Now the scuffle and thud of the baler, leaving the field dotted with rectangular blocks of straw. Soon a new back-drop will fill the view from The Wild Wood – brown earth furrows, spiky skeletal trees and hedgerows and dark birds against the sky.

14 comments:

  1. We hear the balers going all night here - but ours are the massive round-section bales. The scene does look very different.

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  2. Your words are so poetic and evocative Celia but no no no! Not yet! Not just yet!

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  3. Oh yes, I could feel it in the air this morning...

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  4. I love the changing seasons,but I'm not quite ready for autumn yet!

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  5. We are not too far from you and the combine has been. I saw the first ploughing in today as I went down the A134 to the allotment!

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  6. Hi Petoskystone - The Wild Wood is coming along, I've planted lots of ferns and scattered foxglove seeds.

    Hi Veg Heaven - most of the local fields have the massive round bales too.

    Hi Silverpebble - I think we're in for a few weeks of late summer sun before it gets really autumnal.

    Hi Michelle - we've had a warm week with mild nights, but chilly mornings aren't far away.

    Hi Chrissie - I love autumn and enjoy wearing cosy jumpers and socks, so it's not so bad!

    Hi Feltmaker - the A 134, that's one side of 'the Suffolk Triangle' - if you venture off the main road it will be hours before you find your way back!

    Celia
    x

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  7. Yes, Autumn is certainly on its way - there was a definite chill in the air this morning and the nights are drawing in. I love the change of seasons but summer was so fleeting, I'm not sure that I'm ready for Autumn just yet!
    Jeanne x

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  8. Yep, I was thinking the same thing today about autumn. It's sneaking in. I can't wait for the holidays.

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  9. We have been living with the distant hum of combines for a couple of weeks, and my son has been corn-carting which means 15 hour days every day of the week - but it's nearly finished, and then it will be hop-picking - and that means summer is really ending.

    Pomona x

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  10. How great to see rectangular bales of straw, instead of the more recent invention of round ones. They were like this in my childhood days on the farm, and many an hour was spent playing in them. I'd imagine quite dangerous, but at the time we had lots of fun! x

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  11. I agree that there is a lot to be said for autumn and winter - a good excuse not to actually do ANYTHING after dinner except snuggle round the fire and perhaps knit! Just now I am being swamped by appled, blackberries, crab apples - I am really quite fed up with stirring cauldrons !
    'Just a thimbleful'

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  12. We've had the combine harvesters out in force around here. We sat at the peak of the Dunstable Downs yesterday and watched one in the distance, throwing up dust as it went.

    It always makes me feel like summer is coming to a close too; almost a signal to wind down and ease into a new quarter. It also reminds me of how it signalled how close we were to the end of the summer holidays... that 'back to school' feeling that I quite like now.

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  13. Hi Cottage Garden - looks like we've got some lovely late summer days to enjoy after all.

    Hi Anna - we have a delicious mix of late summer and autumn fruits - the best of both seasons.

    Hi Pomona - I love the smell of hops.

    Hi Louise - the round bales are still about, but the local estate seems to have changed to big square bales this year.

    Hi Mavis - lots of cauldron stirring will be going on here too :-)

    Hi Lucy - good to hear from you. Hope you're enjoying the sun and the end of season harvest.

    Celia
    x

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