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Farmer John’s August ’14 blog

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27 Nov 2015

I always knew that the College fields next to the Pang would be wet. They are, after all, called water meadows. And last winter’s rainfall was exceptionally high. But with hay to make and the prospect of a hot, dry week ahead it was time to cut, and so we did. Turning the hay went well, avoiding the very wet spots, and baling started 5 hours before the promise of further dry changed to the promise of immediate heavy rain. With tractors and trailers and forklift we loaded the first 36 big bales. I was pleased with my efforts. Roped on and secure, the first load left the field. The second one was quickly on, another admirable effort, and I jumped off the loader. To my dismay the right wheel of the trailer started to slowly sink. Well, not slowly. “Don’t panic Mr Mannering”. I tried to put the front of the loader under the trailer, but too late, and over she went. This was a photo opportunity for the small crowd who appeared from nowhere, and who enjoyed jumping up and down on the ground to prove by the vibration the presence of the water just below the surface. They photographed the tractor, the trailer, the bales strewn around, even the deep hole where the trailer had sunk, while I entertained them and wrestled with the mess. Meanwhile my work colleague and trusty friend smugly sped past me, ignoring my plight while taking a more modest load. I was somewhat cheered that his second load, an ambitious one by any standards, gracefully fell off in a gateway, and the rain steadily fell as he cleared up his lot. By the time it was dark all the bales were stacked up outside or in the barn. To me it hadn’t been the perfect way to end a week of haymaking but I probably should have learnt. That’s farming!
Jesus said “come to me, all of you who are tired of carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest. For the yoke I give you is easy and the load I will put on you is light”.
Mathew 11.25