As expected I scooped and shovelled “the proverbial” all day. It was sunny and warmed up beautifully. I barely went inside all day. Cow manure does not smell too bad though so it was not an unpleasant task.
Later while I was Across the Way feeding the cows and pigs I saw that the neighbour was burning his ditches. The afternoon was very still. There were quite a few controlled ditch fires though I am not sure about the controls. It occurred to me that there is wild asparagus in those ditches and they have been burning the old detritus out of the waterways for years and years yet the asparagus grows back every year.
So I went home and set fire to my asparagus rows. As you would. There is quite a wide path between the asparagus beds and the long grass by the ditch and no flames were expected to jump that. And no flames did jump it, though I had my shovel and my husband at the ready. Have you ever seen anyone set fire to the hairs on a man’s legs with a cigarette lighter? I have. A girl did it to a guy she fancied once when we were young. Needless to say she was totally OUT of the running for his affections after that, but the flames flew up his legs incredibly fast, gobbling only the hair, the fire going out at his knees – it took about a second – his skin was fine – though his composure was shattered. We all screamed. She laughed. That girl was a shocker. One is every group.
It was the same way with the asparagus beds but less dramatic. Each bed took less than a minute for the fire to race across it. Only the dead matter burned the greening grass did not ignite. It certainly is an excellent way to get rid of the old canes – these have to be cleared off the rows anyway in case of disease, so it saved me a big job. Tomorrow the beds will be covered in old compost then straw and then we will see what pops up! It is getting warmer by the day. Soon we will have asparagus again. Then I wondered about asparagus in the juicer but decided against it.
Isn’t spring time a fun time!?
It got quite warm which meant I began to shed my jacket then my jersey as the day went on. Draping them over handy fences as usual. Later I saw Alex licking my woolly jersey vigorously. I am not sure what to think about that. Did she think it was a little sheep or a calf though it would have smelt of me and she never licks me.
Today is stock shifting day. This will be fun too!
I hope you have a lovely day.
PS An interesting thought for today. Earn more than you spend. A more positive way of looking at it. Rather than “don’t spend more than you can earn”. Which sounds quite bossy. I hate being bossed about.