Wonderful cool morning.
The early morning was wonderfully cool, only 10C (50F), sunny with some fog here and there and no wind. I love our cool mornings so when we have 17C (63F) like yesterday I’m not too happy. We went out as soon as we woke up and for dogs like Hector and Orvar with their thick fur this was a perfect morning. Yesterday we reached 30C (86F) and today will be much the same or even a bit warmer so this was probably our only walk today. The small ones can take a walk on a hot day but not the old guys.
The farmers are working early today. Two days ago they cut down the grass in the field just outside my cottage, yesterday they turned it around so it would dry up slightly and evenly, not too much though which is tricky hot days like these and today they wrap it in plastic, making silage. It’s those big white balls You sometimes see in my photos. The grass must be a bit damp when making silage and the plastic around it is to keep out oxygen so the grass starts to ferment slightly. This makes the grass highly nutritious and all kind of grass eating animals just love it. They feed deer with it during winter too and deers are very picky in what they eat, that’s why they have a tendency to starve to death snowy winters.
I actually mowed the lawn yesterday🙂 it was hot as h… but the wind blew hard so it didn’t feel that bad to be honest. Every now and again I stopped to drink lots of water because I know how dangerous it can be to ignore that only because it doesn’t feel that hot. This is of course Scandinavian hot, not the kind of temperatures You have down in USA or the inner parts of the Canadian prairies🙂 It’s rare for us to have these temperatures, especially since we actually had it as early as April! I guess this might be something we’ll have to get used to now when the climate changes towards warmer.
I have new guests in my garden, for the first time since I moved here we now can see honey bees🙂 My neighbor bought a hive some days ago and this is a perfect area for them. No one uses any kind of pesticides here since most of what grows on the fields will be made in to silage and the oat they do grow here (also as animal food) is grown organically. So the risk of colony collapse disorder is minimal, the risk of getting the varroa mite is also minimal since there are no other hives around for miles. The bees will have a very diversified cost as well, perhaps You think that nectar is nectar what ever plant it comes from but no it isn’t that easy. It shows that if bees only get one kind of nectar, like if they place it by orange fields where they spray any kind of weeds, they will get sick more easily.
It seems that they especially need nectar from legumes like clover and peas and the more varied cost they get the better they feel. So since they don’t spray any kind of poison here and they sow lots of peas and clover in the fields they make the silage from this is a perfect place for bees. I would have gotten a hive myself if I only had had somewhere to place it. I can’t have one in my garden since I have a neighbor living just beside. I could of course ask any of the land owners here but then I wouldn’t be able to keep an eye on the hive if anything would happen or if they would start to swarm.
It’s time to make a pot of tea before it gets too hot. The wind has started to blow again, thankfully, but I doubt we’ll be doing anything special today. It’s just as hot everywhere in the country so it’s no use in driving anywhere. It would be cool in the car but as soon as I would open the door the heat would hit the old boys and I’m not sure they would be able to manage that🙂 I’ll bring them down into the cool cellar if it gets too hot whether they like it or not🙂