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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 4th October, 2008)


Haymaking last week at the top of Ivy Brow.

Photo: Harry Cunliffe  (Nikon Coolpix 7900)
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Comment by: Ian on 4th October 2008 at 12:46

Where's Ivy Brow

Comment by: ayrefield on 4th October 2008 at 13:23

On Wigan Road Aspull, top of the hill coming up from New Springs, the big house on the right hand side was once a pub called The Ivy Brow, or so I was once told.

Comment by: Ian C on 4th October 2008 at 14:05

It was The Ivy Mount pub or so i'm told by mi fatha

Comment by: Catherine on 4th October 2008 at 16:15

Doesn't it say Ivy Brow on the front of the house? I seem to remember that.

Comment by: ayrefield on 4th October 2008 at 18:24

happened to drive past earlier, Ian is right - wall plaque on front says 'Ivy Mount'. Anyhow a good photo of the local farmer gerrin is silage in for winter feeding whilst the sun shone, as weather now back to normal. [;(]

Comment by: Honk on 4th October 2008 at 23:43

Nice photo Harry in what is a dry field considering all the rain we have had. And sorry to correct you ayrefield but Harry is correct when he says HAY making, silage is green fresh grass, hay is cut and dried grass, hence "making hay whilst the sun shines".

Comment by: ayrefield on 5th October 2008 at 13:06

Hello Honk I understand what you are saying but, hay bales are not totally enclosed in polythene, the ends are left open so as to ensure ventilation and thus preventing fermentation. Silage or haylage bales are totally enclosed in polythene so as to ensure a fermentation, thus providing a natural preservative within the product. The bales of hay in this photo are being totally enclosed in polythene, that is the reason why I said silage. But 'hey' I don't want to start an argument.

Comment by: Honk on 5th October 2008 at 23:56

Hello ayrefield, please accept my apology, you are correct the bales are indeed totally enclosed and are definitely for silage. Also, you explanation is spot on.

Best regards Honk.

Comment by: Harry C. on 6th October 2008 at 12:58

Thanks ayrefield & Honk I didn't know the difference, I do now, thanks for the info.

Comment by: kesh on 7th October 2008 at 09:46

is there a reason that some of the bales are wrapped in blue and some are wrapped in black ?

Comment by: ayrefield on 7th October 2008 at 20:16

hello kesh no reason as far as I know, probably the last bit of film on the roll that was used up, unless someone knows different. Never seen blue before as black is usually used in the UK because it absorbs heat a lot better which is needed for the fermentation.

Hello Honk, no need to aplogise marra, at this time of the year you would expect the farmers to be gathering in the last of the hay, but there doesn't seem to have been much in the way of hay making weather this summer at all.
Regards, C.

Comment by: alan ladd on 10th November 2009 at 18:28

when we did haymaking upstandish in the 60s the bales were oblong and tide with string and when they were wet they were bloody heavy great times them wer

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