Saturday, 19 March 2016

Spreading the Love; and compost...

Rarely are two days the same; if you're after predictability; or even security; then don't get into farming... 

But health and efficiency? Well that would depend on your definition of those two laudable aspirations. There's no shortage of exercise that's for sure. Particularly working at a smallish scale such as this. Here spreading well composted council green waste from the back of the three tonne trailer.
 Being as I'm quite a one; for acquiring tractor implementation of varying vintage (well every girl needs a collection of something) I had once upon a time considered hunting down a diminutive rear exit spreader to do this particular job. But what with that particular bit of kit being fairly rare nowadays; and most likely retired into a farm museum; it never happened.

And I also realised that I actually very much enjoy this specific bit of hand work....There is no little satisfaction in delivering with a flick of the wrist a shovel full of black gold to just the piece of ground you had in mind.   Keeps the biceps toned for all the other duties they are required to perform...Long handled tool extends the reach, so budging up the tractor is required less often.

So why spend good money on kit; in the name of so called efficiency when it might spoil some the fun? Besides; it only takes about forty minutes to distribute a trailer load this way? What else am I going to do with my time? Write blog posts?


Two or three beds can be covered from one pass. Compost onto the cropping area; the tyre wheelings will become this seasons' paths. The first outside Broad Beans are now occupying this space. 

Couldn't quite claim that there is never a dull moment on the farm; but variety is very much the aim and the order of things. Todays' late afternoon had been earmarked for a bit of a cycle about the lanes; that was after a fullish day of Saturday Horticulture. Weekend work becomes a necessity at this time of year; even more so in the light of having bunked off Friday this week for a bit of extracurricular Yoga...

However; a neighbours' bodily substantial pig put paid to that outing; by miring herself in a bog, and thereby required no little team work (a chainsaw, a tractor, a winch, several slings and a sheet of plywood) to extract. 
Larks aplenty of the muddy variety.... 'Muriel' is fine by the way; last seen troughing soya nuts to ameliorate the loss of any body mass she is highly unlikely to have suffered on her expedition to pastures soggier...

And so tomorrow, a bit more jumping back and forth, in the name of other peoples' health and efficiency.
We will amongst lots of other closely observed 'fun' be working towards a few cycles of this sequence....Not everyone can do all of it straightaway; of course; but progress will be made. She says determinedly...

So; in the spirit of Never a Dull moment.

Surya Namaskarasana.

Roughly translated as "Sun Salutation"



Urdva Hastasana; arms should be straight, and in line with the ears...Mountainous scenery a bonus.



Utkatasana;  arms still back in line with your ears, and then your dorsal spine will go in...
Ischial tuberosities (that's sitting bones to you and me) down towards the heels; not out the back....There was some talk of these bony protuberences at last Thursdays ladies cycling night; but perhaps more of that and them at a later date..


Uttanasana; hands down; an observant teacher might espy that the hip socket is not quite vertically aligned with the ankle bone; as it ought to be... But in my defence the Pyreneen needle grass was fully living up to its moniker...And perhaps the upper back could be flatter, having carried a pack for a couple of weeks by now might be held up in my defence this time m'lud...Poor excuse.




Ahh; thats better; a bit of length... It could often be assumed that the main point; or even the pinnacle of yoga practice is 'Enhancing Universal Well Being Through the Diligent and Effortful Elevation of the Posterior in downward Dog'...  This theory; may well have some legs...Backs of the knees bright and shiny and open; naturally.



Chaturanga Dandasana... Not everyones' favourite; some of the well muscled chaps favour it... But really this move asks for technique as much as strength..
Though given the spikey qualities of the herbage in this location; the motivation to only be contacting the earth via the palms and toes; thus keeping the front body off the ground; is quite profound. 'Agricultural Heft' can be an advantage here.


Urdva Muka Svanasana; 'Upward facing dog' I know the chest should be further forrard; but at least the tail bone is in. Still having to maximise the legwork to keep the front thighs off the spikes.



More petitioning for Universal Wellbeing; the sun seems to be considering its options...
Adho Muka Svanasana.....

A deeper Uttanasana; legs slightly better aligned this time...I've squashed the grass now...
Makes it somewhat easier to perceive ones position; relative to the centre of The Earth,,





Urdvha Hastasana again...The objection might be; that the arms are just a tad too far back...And facing in the wrong direction; think ahead girls...And be careful not to let the lumbar spine dip in.

But an excellent method of solar drying the armpit fluff post swim all the same.... Not quite skinny dipping. I'm certain this would never be allowed between the pages of "Health and Efficiency" - (Does that wholesome; sun loving publication even still exist?)

  Happily; swimming in your undies does at least gets some of the laundry done in your leisure time.

Namaskarasana... Giving thanks for the sun.... Or petitioning for its continued beneficence.
'Farmer tan' much in evidence; a result of a decently warm season of vegetable tending... 


Repeat five times more; increasing the speed as proficiency builds.
Well why not?.... Morning is a good time to do this... It wakes you up; and prepares the back for a days load carrying; or pig shifting duties.....

Practising outside; is lovely; but not compulsory...

However; whatever the backdrop; yoga; just for me; is a blissfully necessary exercise.


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