Cut for the Haymaking

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Getting ready for winter… at the start of summer

So nice to be back on the farm for a minute this Sunday. Here’s a calm moment from this time of year that’s worth sharing with you – it’s about cutting the grass.

Even the footage alone reminds me vividly of something really odd. Spearmint Chewing Gum.

Let me explain.

Growing up, we didn’t have contractors with fancy tractors, large mowers, or even working balers… We had Grandpa, mum, and a string of favours.

That meant mum would be on the tractor and we’d be by her side. Spending summer days watching grass get cut, twisted, flicked, rowed, and bayled. I would look forward to it, and I loved it… because I was allowed chewing gum.

Gum was a banned substance as children (naturally), but if you spent a whole day with mum on the tractor we were allowed one stick. Perhaps it was because there was nowhere to turn away and choke in silence; perhaps it was to sweeten the deal; or maybe to keep us chewing and not talking.

Regardless, it’s a little lesson in how far we all come as adults, because away from all the practical stuff; the finances, the job, the expectation. There’s a simpler life to be had.

Chomping on gum, squinting into the distance, and staring up at blue skies, down at lines of green grass.

If you’d like to explore more, then you can find a longer video I made on haymaking here (part 1 of 2)

I hope you’re having a lovely Sunday and if you’re feeling inspired – please share this moment with others.

If you have anything to add, then I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Lots of love from Ru + the farm.