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Monday, September 13 2010

If you have livestock of any kind, one of the most important tasks is getting hay.  Unlike square bales which have to be picked up out of the field and immediately stacked in a protective barn, large round bales can stay outside.  The rain rolls off the top and down the sides.  The exposed hay provides sort of a protective thatch covering for the good hay inside.

  See?

It looks yucky but underneath all that straw yuck is nutritious yum!

Yesterday we had to haul round bales.  Because we need to go down a county road, Border Collie and I followed behind in the Mule to supervise and provide highway assistance.  (jumper cables in case ancient antique Ford tractor dies!)

 

 So we loaded up and down the road we went!

  Few things stir the heart of country people like hay in the field. Note the thunderheads forming in the sky.  Not only was the sun going down quickly, but the storm clouds were brewing.

 

  Storm is coming!

There wasn't much for Lily and I to do . . .   

except follow and make sure the traffic didn't run over the tractor.  I'm not sure what we were supposed to do if the traffic ran over us . . .

  The storm passed us by . . .

 . . . but we couldn't escape the setting sun.  

And THIS is why I didn't get my yard mowed or my house cleaned last night!  I finally got the yard mowed this morning. Now I must tackle the house.  I have an air conditioning repair man coming over this afternoon, and my living room still smells like a Bloodhound.  (for those of you who aren't familiar with that odor, it is a fragrace best left outside, but alas, it is hot, and she is old . . . so we make sacrifices.)

Posted by: forensicfarmgirl AT 01:09 pm   |  Permalink   |  2 Comments  |  Email
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Hay (or outdoor work) always (ALWAYS) trumps housework. I think that's a law somewhere. I use the 8-900# square bales. I can cram 8 into my hay safe, which will last me 4 months. A full hay safe maketh a happy heart.
Posted by Diane I. on 09/13/2010 - 02:40 PM
Ain't it though! I'm not happy until I feel like we have enough hay put up for the winter!
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 09/13/2010 - 04:55 PM

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