A still, warm summer's evening and while we were having a quiet glass of wine the only real sound we can hear is that of the combine harvesters working in the distance; the kind of sound that can only be described as a muted, rumbling, white noise. In front of the house and roughly to the west south west are four very large fields of wheat and this is the first of the fields to go under the harvester's blades.
The farmers and machinery worked until well after midnight, the combines cutting and storing the grain and and tractors and trailers providing a transfer and shuttle service to the grain store. Over the next couple of weeks the harvest pace will gradually quicken with more night work bringing in the grain harvest for as long as the weather holds.
We may not like the idea of change but the season is gradually changing.