The worry now is whether the hedges will be grubbed out to increase the scale of the existing prairies. Has it been worth the investment in time and fuel to warrant simple hedge renewal? Cutting the hedges down results in multiple new shoots where there was previously only one provided better shelter from the wind where soil erosion can occur. We once drove through a brown dust storm where the wind had whipped up a dry field.
A call to a colleague on the mobile phone and this digger turned up to smooth the way at the steep change in level between two fields. Time is of the essence and the load might have slipped on the stepped boundary. Having to overcome the obstacle was slowing the forestry machine unnecessarily. By the time I had returned from my ride the pile by the road was three times as large. Only 10 miles, including a long climb, straight into the wind. 52F with bright sunshine but too windy to enjoy properly.
Tuesday 12th 40F, 4C, overcast, wet and windy. Rain is forecast for the next 24 hours so it doesn't look as if there will be much to write home about. If anything changes I'll start a new post. I can't think of a suitable subject for a rant right now. [So apologies for the lack of service on that front.]
T'internet has been on and off for the last 24 hours [probably] due to a faulty power supply for the fiber box. [According to Tech Support] I have found a temporary replacement until a new one arrives in the post. Fortunately I had saved the contact number on my [emergency] mobile phone because the home phone is on the fiber as well. Then I found I had to stand outside in the rain to use the mobile at home. Ain't technology wonderful? Can't live with it. Can't live without it. Just when you need to phone or email the service provider, you can't. Can't even look up the number online unless it has been saved and entirely another technology and service provider used to get in touch.
I am presently rotating a series of secondhand [charity shop bought] power supplies as each finds itself unable to keep up with the current [sic] demands of the fiber box: 12V @ 1.5A. I was tempted to fit a suitable plug on a long lead out to the [largely unused] car battery but feared the ensuing conflagration might make the 'Head Gardener' homeless. I have a series of [very] old "train transformers" bought from flea markets, which might be pressed into service with the addition of the silly little plug. There is a three day wait for home service should the fiber box prove to be the real culprit. Not quite what you'd call "high speed internet."