The combine at work
At the end of the month we harvested our wheat using the Combine Harvester. This machine was bought in the spring by David Cobham and Davy Jones in order to harvest grain that we can use to feed the birds in January to March, when they most need it. I had misgivings about the effect the harvester would have on wildlife (i.e. chopping it up) and on staff and volunteers (i.e. chopping them up!) Both were misfounded. In fact, as the cutting bar was set high, we did less damage to small mammals than with a binder and, because the whole operation happens in one pass, we didn't repeatedly drive over the ground. The other criticism often levelled at combines is that they are too efficient. Well, I can verify that our old beast left quite a lot of grain in the field. In addition, we have left a lot of wheat standing. Some of this will be eaten by the birds in the first half of the winter and the rest will be bound into sheaves which seems to be the best thing to do for harvest mice, which we have a lot of. The grain will be stored in wheely bins to feed back to the birds later.
The picture on the left shows me in my dearly loved and restored 4x4 Erreppi.