Being surrounding by farming land, we can see and hear, the farmers hard at work. Cereals and rape seed are currently being harvested. When needed, late into the night, you can hear the combine harvesters working both close by and up to several miles away when the wind is in the right (or wrong) direction.
In just a few short weeks, harvesting other crops such as maincrop potatoes, carrots and sugar beet will begin. Where my sister lives, they grow a lot of cabbage, cauliflower, leeks and onions and are also busy. I think some of it is going to waste as there are neither pickers nor lorries freely available for transport, to deal with it all. Prices are increasing, shelves in shops are getting more and more gaps in them and choice is getting limited.
We had a great time away visiting family. DGD can now walk very well and you can see her trying to fathom out how to walk faster and faster. Still teething bless her. She is generally such a happy little thing, bright as a button, engaged and very endearing. I was a bit worried, due to Covid restrictions last year, that I would find it difficult to bond with her, but not so, thank goodness.
We were out with her for 3 days, visiting interesting places. Two days with DDiL and one with DS. His day involved a long walk, up two very steep inclines. I struggled a bit and his back was feeling the strain of carrying DGD in her back pack.
The journey back home was longer than usual due to a 45 minute traffic jam and a couple of short 10 minute delays. Almost home we had to detour through old roads to avoid another jam.
Two days of washing clothes, berries have been picked but we still haven't caught up. Beans will need picking, blanching then freezing. I must get on with gardening as we are so far behind but it will happen when it happens. We are not too worried about it.