Day 6. (Farming in Spring) Hedging and Ditching.
A busy time for the farmer’s, but then,
when is it not a busy time for Farmer’s?
Once the spring sowing is done,
they turn their attention to bringing
hedges and ditches to pristine
condition, tidiyng up the roadside
verges and field edges. Essential,
necessary, ‘good house keeping’.
When I see the hedges that have
been slashed by machines, the
damaged, torn twigs and branches,
it makes me wonder, do the hedges
feel pain? Do they hurt? As you drive
by, it looks so cruel, it cannot be.
It does not take long for the hedges
to be showing new growth, regeneration.
The new leaves bulking up, to give deeper
cover for the small animals that live in their
superior lodgings with easy food access.
Where they have dug out the rubble and
excess plant material that has built up,
it is laid on the banking, making it higher,
for when field edged streams are in
spate or flooding. The built up soil can
recondition and nourish, so the road
side plants can grow and flourish.
So the farming cycle rolls on,
I feel fortunate to live in a rural area,
where I can see green fields every day.
Watching the farmer’s fields with
interest, makes me feel in touch
with the seasons, with the Universe.