Walking on the moon

      It may look a little bit like a lunar landscape photographed by some robotic vehicle but it's a field that's been freshly ploughed and then had the soil-buster over it. Meanwhile, before more agricultural hardware reduces it to a tilth suitable for sowing winter wheat, it looks just like a lunar or volcanic landscape.
      We've had very little rain and a pretty well constant drying wind coupled with sunshine has left the ground as hard as rock. The water table is falling again and in the dykes the drainage pipes are re-appearing above water level, and they're about four feet down the side of the dyke. Good drying weather then!
      Rain please Mr Weatherman, or we'll need a sledgehammer to break up the soil.