I was a compulsive daydreamer as a child, much to the infuriation of every adult in my life. My teachers often told me I would never amount to anything by looking out of a window. Whether I will amount to anything or not is a whole other question, but getting to look out of a lorry window in the name of industry is a pretty satisfactory way to make a living. The view from the cab provides an up-to-date commentary on the changing seasons and the challenges farmers and equestrians face countrywide.

Much later than in other years, cattle and horses are finally heading out to grass. Less physical and financial pressure is welcome, but it will be short-lived. With forage and straw in short supply, we have never needed a fruitful harvest more. Between a late planting season, difficulties getting fertiliser and livestock out onto sodden fields plus the cancellation of so many horse shows this spring, I wonder as I drive along if this will be a continuing weather pattern. If so, do we need to begin to think about how we might adapt and change to cope going forward? There is much talk of sustainability and climate-friendly practices, but perhaps acceptance and diversification need more of a place at that table.

Social media

My newly acquired donkeys are much calmer and happier now. They have both begun to enjoy being scratched, and obviously are very keen on treats, it’s nice to see them finally settling in, but not before finding fame on social media. A compilation video of some of their more exciting antics caused much mirth online, and the whole situation has been highly entertaining for everyone except my poor husband. The donkeys have, however, made light work of the lawn, which means one job less for him.

Things I have learned (quickly) about donkeys include:

• If a donkey slams on the brakes and won’t move, they cannot be gently encouraged like you might do with a horse

• Donkeys are more like cattle – they need to stand still with no pressure at all and be given time to work it out

• Donkeys are smart, and also surprisingly affectionate and cows don’t mind donkeys at all. Horses mind donkeys quite a lot (specifically, my horse Bear)

• Donkeys are much more efficient grazers than horses, and do a lot less damage to the ground

• No matter how sad you feel, a donkey will make everything better

It was great to finally finish spring calving last week, although it will feel like no time before the autumn cows start springing. There is plenty to cram in between now and then though. I am looking forward to the return of the agricultural shows and getting my horses out to a few competitions.