By Bernie Bell
At the front of our house we have a wildflower meadow, with paths and a spiral mown into it. https://theorkneynews.scot/2017/08/14/bernie-bell-i-can-hear-the-grass-grow/
Each autumn, The D Team (aka Dean & Doug) come and strim the grass, rake it up, and take it to our neighbours for their piggies. Initially as bedding – then – the piggies eat their bedding – then – the neighbours – eat the piggies!
A productive cycle of grass management and providing food. Nothing wasted, everyone happy – including the pigs, who have a grand life, and a clean, swift death. https://theorkneynews.scot/2018/02/17/another-piggin-pig-story/
The D Team had got to the stage of raking the grass into heaps, when the light started to go, so they left it to finish off on the next fine day. I looked out, and it reminded me of an old-fashioned hay-making scene – getting the grass into little heaps, for the cart to come and take it to be made into a hay–rick. I remember that happening on my Aunt & Uncle’s farm – the farm was too small to warrant machinery, everything was done by hand. I took a picture because the scene reminded me of the old ways of farming, then I thought it might bring back memories for other folk, too.
The light, the hayfield, the leaves on the bushes turned to brown, the year, turning – an autumn, Orkney day. We’re still waiting for the next fine one!
NB – The D Team are available for garden work – call Dean on 751 487 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org