Earlier (17/3) I wrote of the animals coming out of hibernation, most notably the TRACTOR.
Well, the tractor seemed to ease off for a while but once again he is running around busy to get a job done.
The fields up here are now all being cut for hay.
We are in the middle of a week of hot weather, late 20s, so they are are all coming out of their stables early in the morning and then busy, busy all day till close to dark.
Up here in the mountains the "Tractor" is a slightly different genus. He is a bit older, a bit scraggier looking and a bit smaller. But like his lowland relatives he lives in the towns and is a very productive worker.
Due to the dictates of the landscape and history I guess, the farming up here is less "industrial". There are fewer large barns housing dairies so the need for local bulk feed is not so important. Down below, hay and silage is stored loose and moved with a bucket/grab. Here they turn the grass into mostly square bales. There is still a lot of maize growing but it is still some time away from harvest.
But like Lampertsweiler and environs the crops and the work involved are up close and personal. You see it happening around you.
I will meet tractors on the road every time I drive. I see them parked in villages and of course I see them in the fields every time I go out in the car.