The first cut

the first cut

Well it’s got to that time of year again; no sooner have all the Calves arrived than the farmers have to turn their attention to Silage cutting.  The above picture is the field behind our house, but it could be anywhere in West Cork or rural Ireland at the moment.  Late into the night tractors, trailers and giant forage harvesters are hurtling along country lanes and boreens (as I discovered coming back from Dunmanway yesterday evening)!

Today the above field is bare except for hundreds of crows – I’m not sure what they are all so excited about so if anyone would be able to tell me that would be great.

Of course we are all affected by the seasons and routines of the year and all the ‘interesting’ weather we have here, but none more so than the farmers.  It must be very stressful for them at times and it is interesting to see how among all the farmers I know how well they cope with that stress.  Those that have a strong faith and trust in God find a help and support that I would think is absolutely essential for dealing with such demanding work.  May God bless and be with them all at this time.

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4 Comments to “The first cut”

  1. Hi, i noticed you posted my stencil of Gaddafi – thanks for noticing it!
    Anyway, just thought I’d let you know, I’m not pakistani, or Afghan.
    Neither are my ancestors – The name Zirak comes from Lord Of The Rings (The Zirak Zigil)

    Sorry this comment is on an unrelated post, however i didnt know any other way to contact you.
    Thanks for posting it anyway! Theres more in Clon if you look hard enough!

    • Hi Zirak LOL – I love Lord of the Rings but never made that connection! Great art work – I look forward to finding more. Thanks for the comment.

  2. well – i make a note never to do it on any private buildings or things that would cause personal upset to anyone.
    The aim is to get across a message, not to cause unrest.
    Hence many are on building boards – if you do spot more be sure to post them! :D Im interested too see you interpretations of them :P
    Anyway – heres the locations of 2 for you: On a board put up on the side of houlihans bakery right next to Scanells bar. And another is on the side of the derelict council building opposite the library on the riverside.

    Happy hunting, and again, thanks for the notice!

    Zi.

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