July at No.fifty6 – Record temperatures, personal reflections and harvest time
Posted on 31st July 2019 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.
"I hear a voice that grieves for battle’s fruitless harvest." Siegried Sassoon.
The farmers have been harvesting in a month that has been dry, blue skies and very, very hot. Record temperatures with an unprecedented 42 degrees here, too, too hot. The ground is arid and golden. Just before the heatwave last week the farmers toiled night and day to bring in the wheat and barley harvest. There have even been field fires through Picardie as any little spark can ignite the arid crop stalks. An entire field behind Mouquet Farm has been turned to black ash due to a fire.
We have had a busy month, always stories to tell and among the many smiles and much laughter there is sad rabbit news.