Despite the on-going rain in some part of our island (West Cork!!!), there are dry pockets where - even at this time of the year - ploughing can be a pleasure! Like at the farm near Newmarket, north Co. Cork, where I went to join a group of eager members of the Irish Working Horse Association to help John Forde plough his field. I left home in pouring rain, drenched wet just from the walk to the car, and arrived to cloudy but dry weather in Newmarket where you could even make out the sun just behind those grey clouds! Good ploughing progress was made whilst I was there, and I could convince myself how well the ploughs were set, as when I took to the plough, it almost drove itself and it all seemed so easy (of course I know better than that - that there's a lot of hard work invovled in getting the horses that well trained, the plough that well set....)!
Back home, just a week later, we enjoyed a beautiful sunny day after all, and Winnie and Henry took me for a great tour into the hills. We are still waiting for a second-hand forecart to be converted from shafts to pole so that both horses can pull it. In the meantime, it's Henry running alongside Winnie, scanning traffic and surroundings - whilst she has the job of pulling our little gig.