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Farmer John’s June 2012 Blog

Farmer John’s June 2012 Blog

1 Jun 2012

Last week our cat got stuck up a tree, a high tree at the top of the chalk pit. Lindsay raised the alarm at 9pm and I sprung into action.

Last week our cat got stuck up a tree, a high tree at the top of the chalk pit. Lindsay raised the alarm at 9pm and I sprung into action. It was getting dark and the verdict was “leave until the morning” which I took as a statement of endearment. Armed with 2 younger men and a very tall ladder we renewed contact with our now terrified and very unhappy friend the following morning. I stood aside once the ladder was in position, assuming my helpers would want to climb the 36 feet. Sadly they stood back, but assured me they would hold the ladder for me very firmly. I went up the first time, but the cat was out of reach. Further extension of the ladder with cable ties for security was made. I climbed to the top, grabbed the cat, and it grabbed me. After a slow descent, complaints from my ground crew were that the ladder was shaking, and so was I for the next half hour at least.

The last few days have been spring and summer all in one week. It’s been very hot for shearing and a relief for the sheep to shed their thick coats. We have been waiting to plant over 50 acres of wildflower meadows into spring barley. With the drying weather the opportunity had come, but alas too late. An old adage urges caution when planting grass seed in a month without an “r” in it, so we will wait until September. Harvest is just around the corner, but came early for the people who stole our forklift, our most used and valuable piece of machinery. Theft isn’t only a violation of boundaries but is very expensive. We are installing cameras, isolators on tractors, alarm systems and have built a bank around the farm area to stop access to the field behind.

Incidentally, the cat recovered slowly from her overnight ordeal. She didn’t like being rescued any more than being stuck up the tree, but now enjoys running around in the woods, avoiding that tree.

“God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him. We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom, courageous in sea storm and earthquake” Psalm 46 vs1 The Message