After looking at the clouds inquiringly and doing a test dig in the field we decided to go ahead yesterday afternoon with the potato harvest as part of our first meitheal this season.
The first job was to pull out the potato haulms and weeds growing amongst them. Then the field was ready for the horses to move in. They pulled our potato harvesting plough along the centre of each ridge to split it and bring up the potatoes. Instead of mouldboards, the plough has long spikes attached to the shares which throw the potatoes out along both sides of the split ridge. Many helping hands picked and sorted the potatoes in piles. When this part of the job was done, Winnie was finished for the day, but Henry was hitched to the tip cart and helped to bring the potatoes from the field into the barn.
The sun just started disappearing behind clouds when the last potato rolled into place, and whilst there was juicy gras waiting for the horses, it was soup and potatoes for us human lot!