Tuesday, August 12, 2008

More Hay


After some false starts and rain, the second crop of hay is now filling up my barn. And granary. Yep, so much hay that I spent a good part of yesterday morning cleaning out part of another building to store hay in.

The barn is quite literally filled to the rafters. Yay!

We were baling like mad Friday night, until it got too humid and too dark to bale anymore. We got about half the field done.

Then we stacked it in the barn in the dark. (No electric in the barn) I think we finally stopped around 10.

Unfortunately, it rained Friday night/Saturday morning. We let it dry Saturday, raked it again Sunday afternoon, then baled Sunday late afternoon/evening. We again stacked in the dark Sunday until after 10, then I went over yesterday to the neighbors' to help them unload their half. Mom came along and sat in the truck right next to us with her coloring book and magazine. We finished around 9 last night.

It isn't the best, but it is certainly better than the crappy hay I was forced to buy last year, because it was the only hay I could find. The animals were snarfing up the stuff that fell to the ground when we were stacking it, so they seem to like it just fine.

Today we are having a nice steady rain. This will do wonders for the hayfield. Heck, we might even get a third cutting. I don't know where I would put it though. What a wonderful problem!

I'm tired, but there is nothing like the feeling of having my barn full of hay for the winter. Even more so since it is hay we did ourselves, so we know the quality, whether it got rain and how much, and what exactly it is made of. Yeehaw!

11 comments:

Cindy said...

That is the best kind of tired, too. Good for you and the alpacas, llama and everybody else.

Renee said...

that is awesome...feeding your animals what you are growing....

rilera said...

Congratulations on a plentiful harvest.

LostInCO said...

Hay hay hay. Looks like hay. Haulin hay bails is always fun.

cornbread hell said...

that is so cool. annie, you're my hero.

Anonymous said...

Hey! Congratulations on all that Hay!

I love it that your Mom came along and did just fine, riding along in the truck!

gr8aunt / Amanda

Turtle said...

What a good days (es) of work! What an accomplishment finished! I am knitting a gorgeous hat with some absolutely beautiful yarn, will show you a pic when finished! Aside freom work and knitting have been canning up a storm!

JudyP613 said...

Annie,

Your life and mine are about as polar opposite as two people's can be. I live in a decaying inner city in New York State. In the summer; when the gangs are restless at night I can hear the occassional burst of gun fire from my bedroom window. I work in the field of electronics, in what is suppose to be very high tech. Some days I wonder about that. It doesn't rain on the hay here, it rains into our collection of garbage dumpsters and makes a bigger mess. Yet I so enjoy reading your blog. I'd love to take a vacation and spend two weeks with you. I probably wouldn't survive the first two days but hey, a gal can dream.

Olga said...

I suppose having a barn full of hay is like having the pantry completely stocked. You did good little ant, us grasshoppers salute you.

Cinnamin said...

"Heck, we might even get a third cutting. I don't know where I would put it though. What a wonderful problem!"


Agreed! :)

Annie said...

Yep, I'm tickled as can be about that hay.

Judyp, it probably wouldn't be much of a vacation. Sure as shootin' I'd put you to work! I can't imagine living where you do.