Making hay while the sun shines.
Rural chic is having a moment, probably inspired by any number of city dwellers who have managed to endure lockdown in the countryside.
The nature reserve near us has cut and laid the hay ready for collecting. As a backdrop for fashion photography this location would be perfect.
It is a fabulous image of rural charm, as is the Guardian article about the decorative Mr Beckham.
My recollection of Hay making in my youth is that it is a dirty, dusty job that has been romanticised way beyond its reality.
The term first appeared in a 1546 collection of proverbs by John Heywood. It is believed to have been in regular use in Britain since the proliferation of farming in Mediaeval times. Being included in a collection of proverbs suggests it quickly moved from sage farming advice to general life event guidance.
Literally or idiomatically, making hay while the sun shines was picturesque this morning.
To make the most of the idiomatic moment I can throw in two pictures of fluffy dogs making hay while the sun shines, one of them hay coloured.