Monday, August 25, 2008

Last Hay

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The hay is in. Done. Finished. By 8 am this morning I had this truck loaded by myself. It was from our back field, only 20 bales this cutting. The spring cutting yielded about 40. We need rain....

Bob cut work early and by the time I had returned from helping my neighbor Melissa do some boat cover work in West Lake, he had unloaded it himself...Bless him.



This next photo shows the 20 bales in our little tin tobacco barn..








Next is the hay we put in this spring...I think the cut yielded about 148 bales...
This total was 125...we needed rain...





We work with our neighbors. Many hands lighten the work. We seem to have a good time even though it is hard work; hot and itchy. Did I mention I am allergic to hay?
This is Troy and Bob and Melissa in one of their fields, with the Rhino pulling a trailer...




Back to our barn with the last of our fields.
By this time all of theirs was put up. Really up. Their barn is tin also, but a three story. It takes Troy up top of the pile, me on the truck handing in to Melissa, who hands off to Bob, and Bob throws it up to Troy. My barn is really easy. We back up and throw straight in to the 'pile-it', whoever that may be. Usually Troy or Bob...
Melissa is good at backing trailers and that's Cassie their biggest dog giving directions. Bob is wiping sweat while waiting in the doorway..I think he went through 5 tee shirts today...


I didn't take a picture of the hay all in, but it fit, and both sidesof the barn are stuffed, but I can still maneuver around in there enough to get a few bales at a time and bring them down to feed. My big horse will be in Gretna this winter, so I will have enough hay for my mini's for sure. Melissa and Troy lost their old mare this year so they have 3 full size horses and 1 miniature to feed, and they too have enough.
Despite this drought we seemed to eke out enough bales to get us through.
I feel blessed.... for a fantastic hubby, great neighbors and fields that produced enough to winter us despite our lack of rain.
So, bring on the rain, and bring us some snow, too, please!
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4 comments:

Becky Mushko said...

Getting the hay up is always an accomplishment. Glad you got it before the rain.

I noticed in one picture that Belle was supervising.

Claudia Condiff said...

Yes, she and Penny both 'helped'. By days end Penny was so exhausted she stretched out under my 4-wheeler..all I saw was 2 feet attatched to 2 hind legs sticking out!
Belle rode in the pick-up with me most of the time..she loves to be included...
Glad its done!

Amy Hanek said...

What great timing you have!!

Debi Kelly Van Cleave said...

I'm wondering what your horse is going to Gretna for?

I don't think I have enough hay for the winter. Hay is always my worry.

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