Silage on Waternish Farm started on 3rd September this year. It is always cut after 1st September when the skylarks and corncrakes have flown their nests and the wildflowers have died back.
Our small Aberdeen Angus herd rely on good quality silage to sustain them through the winter months.
Since the 1st of September, the weather has become noticeably cooler and the days shorter.
A few samples of knapweed (centaurea nigra), red clover (trifolium pratense), borage (borago officinalis), tormentil (potentilla erecta) and tufted vetch (vicia cracca) remain in bloom and the summer palette is slowly turning green and brown as Autumn approaches.
Sycamore, ash and alder leaves scatter the lawn whilst pale stalks of Yorkshire fog (holcus lanatus), false oat-grass (arrhenatherum elatius), perrenial ryegrass (lolium perenne), meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria), angelica (angelica sylvestris) and hogweed (heracleum sphondylium) waver in the wind.
It’s a beautiful time of year to reflect, walk and enjoy Afternoon Tea by the fire.