It has been many years since we have had a string of hot days without any rain and only the morning dew to keep the ground moist enough for the grass to remain green.

There are many farm jobs to do even in the heat of these days of an Irish summer.

Building a barrier to keep rams from battering each other through a gate. The Welchman and his visiting ewes on one side the other rams on the other.

Fort Knox Ram Barrier

Fort Knox Ram Barrier

Mowing under apple trees watching the fruit filling out

Mowing Orchard Nettles

Mowing Orchard Nettles

The rams wander in front of the the mower as I travel up and down the rows of apple trees.

Ram's in the Orchard

Ram’s in the Orchard

Mowing under cherry trees has added advantages.

Ripening Cherries

Mowing Under Ripening Cherries

Some Cherries are not very healthy looking, almost like they have been burned.

Unhealthy Cherries

Unhealthy Cherries

The animals are all looking for the coolest spots inside and outside the house.

Bodacious Demanding to be Let In

Bodacious Demanding to be Let Inside

The heat is perfect for hanging laundry out to dry, the dogs try to assist but collapse in the shade.

Laundry in the Sun; Dogs in the Shade

Laundry in the Sun; Dogs in the Shade

A midday heat I run down to Cushendale Woollen Mills to check how the Zwartbles stock is going. Blankets seems to be moving even on a hot day, one is sold to some foreign land where a cold wind blows as we melt in this unIrish heat.

Zwartbles Yarn

Zwartbles Yarn

Roses perfume the heated air as you walk under their full sun lit blossoms.

Pink Roses

Pink Roses

The wonderful feeling of green dry warm grass under bare feet. Something I have not felt for a good few years.

Warm Dry Grass Under Ones Feet

Warm Dry Grass Under Foot

For the sheep, only very early in the morning is it worth making the effort to browse tender ash leaves high above their heads.

Ewe Rearing up to Browse Ash Leaves

Ewe Rearing up to Browse Ash Leaves

Later in the day I bring fresh mineral licks which they all come galloping out of their deep shade for.

Fresh Mineral Lick for Ewes

Fresh Mineral Lick for Ewes

As the sun burns its way across the heavens like a chariot of fire in the sky, trees deep shadows weigh anchor floating, folding over the ripples of the land. Like a flock of shadow followers the black sheep move into the new contours of light and shade.

Sheep as Shadow Followers

Sheep Shadow Followers

The neighbor mowing his hay, stirring the evening air with the rich aroma of fresh cut grass.

Neighbor Mowing Hay

Neighbor Mowing Hay

As the heat of the day fades into evening the sheep come out of their shadowed hedgerows to graze the cooling grasses.

Ewe Lambs Coming Out to Feed

Ewe Lambs Coming Out to Feed

I go out into the fields to count sheep and make sure all is well with the companionable company of Bodacious.

Bodacious With 2 Curious Ewe Lambs Following

Bodacious With 2 Curious Ewe Lambs Following

The Cat Shepherd Greeting His Sheep

The Cat Shepherd Greeting His Sheep

Finally the day is near done with the sun setting behind a sheep it is time for a glass of cool white wine in the garden.

Sun Setting on a Hot Day

Sun Setting on a Hot Day

After a long hot summers day there is nothing quite like a collender full of freshly picked sun warmed and ripened cherries.

Fresh Picked Sun Warmed Cherries

Fresh Picked Sun Warmed Cherries

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