19-Aug-2010 -- So, it's back here again, fourth time this year. First two were going to and coming back from holiday in April. Then I came here in June with Rainer Mautz, now back in August.
Why? To check on the lay of the land with regard to the wheat crop. In April it was barely six inches high and just looked like long grass. Two months later in June and it is clearly a well established and thriving crop. What would I find another two months on?
I parked in what is becoming the usual spot, on the unmade track opposite the village hall. I knew I was going to be a bit tight for time, so instead of walking all the way around the fields, I walked down the road and took the short cut - over the gate and cut through the allotment.
I could hear the combine harvester from the main road and see it once I got to the edge of the field - looks like the CP field may have been harvested...As I walked further round and came to the gap in the hedge - all the wheat is gone. All that is left is stubble and hay bales.
Walk through the stubble - harder than you would think when you only have trainers on it can spike your ankles. Stroll over the CP and take the locating shots. In the West picture you can make out a tractor which was clearing out the ditches.
As I am hoping to take in 53N-01W on the way home I make my way back, noticing there is some damage to one of the "guardians" and entire limb has been torn off...
As I walk back to my exit point I stop to have a chat with two men in their back gardens who are talking over the fence. I explain what I am doing and they inform me that the crop was only gathered in today!
Back to the car and on to 53N-01W.