Today, when we walked through the meadow....
.... Durham Wildlife Trust's volunteers were haymaking, on a very warm early autumn day.
Doing it the traditional way, with wooden rakes and pitchforks, is hard work. The smell of warm, fragrant wild flower hay was wonderful.
A little further up the coast, between Hawthorn Dene and Dawdon, they were haymaking in the National Trust meadows with some labour-saving devices.