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Baled, Stacked and under cover. Alex my woofer worked beside me step for step and in tandem we threw bales. We just kept on going. Miranda my other worker tried very hard to carry bales of hay but could not lift them so she very kindly went to the kitchen to make dinner.

The wind was terrible, at 35mph (56k per hour) but when it hit 45mph (72k per hour ) =the fields are still empty around here, just grey bare earth –  the wind began whipping  the dirt up,  the air was filled with dust and flying debris and we could not see more than a mile for all the flying soil.

The hay itself was even  airborne, much of my grass hay was blown away, turning it was a nightmare but  the heavier lugumes stayed put and were dried out fast by this fierce wind.  I was happy with that.

But we got the hay in, driving the tractor back and forth between fields and barns with our heads down and turned sideways, the wind hitting your face at that speed hurts. It felt like there were small stones in the wind, smacking our faces.  Our faces were black and our eyes full of muck. But still I felt satisfied getting the hay in.

It was too awful for Camera House too – cameras and dust are not a good mix.

All last night the wind howled – let’s hope today is a little better.

Camera House is already hard at work today – see you tomorrow.

I hope you have a lovely day.


Thursday 05/18 20% / 0 in
Partly cloudy and windy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 84F. Winds WSW at 20 to 30 mph.
Thursday Night 05/18 20% / 0 in
Partly cloudy skies. Low around 45F. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph.

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  1. Hip, Hip Hoorah! I award you all Coeurs de Courage for you strength & persistence & bravery in the Teeth of the Gale! Bravos all around!!

  2. That huge wind storm is what took down the limb which destroyed the frame of the porch at our other house. What follows is much worse…snow! I’m glad your hay is up and in! Ours is flat with snow.

  3. Who would want a day of baling hay without some excitement! Right? Sounds like Alex is really getting a great initiation to the Farmy during his stay. Babies everywhere, cows going down, and get that hay in no matter what. And at least I know our weather advisory is correct in SE Michigan. The winds are on their way.

  4. I second jmcheney’s remarks. Phew, what a job you did, and 300 bales! I don’t seem to recall a haying last year that came anywhere near that quantity. You guys deserve a medal! Hope today is a little bit of an ease after yesterday. ~ Mame 🙂

  5. Well done to sure you needed a good meal by the time that was finished. Your Alex is a good hard working lad…well done to you all

  6. Congratulations on a good job. You must have muscles of steel and the nerves to go with it. It’s good to have someone cooking when you are totally spent. Hope tomorrow is better.

  7. It feels like I was there, maybe even working with you, almost wishing I could have, side by side with Alex, strong again, facing down elemental challenges. Sure I’m a dreamer, but that’s what your words do for us.

  8. You sound like a good team, tandem hay throwing and circulating farm hand in the background keeping the labourers fed. Great job. I had a friend who enjoyed being outside on stormy days. “You know you are alive”. Being alive and then coming into the comfort of a warm kitchen. Heaven!

  9. Well done to you all, a job well done in horrid conditions. 👍

  10. After yesterdays wind in Kansas, this morning’s calm seems almost eerie. Glad you got your hay in.

  11. Ugh! You must have dropped like one of those heavy bales last night in to your bed! I hate wind! 🙁 Curious though…what lovely meal did Miranda serve you after that horrid, long day in the field?

  12. You amaze me with your tenacity and energy! Three cheers for the hay in the barn! and Six cheers for you and Alex!

  13. Good job well done, we are still waiting and with luck we will have friends visiting (and volunteering) when the time comes to cut 🙂

  14. Wow. 300 bales, I like nice round numbers 🙂 Miranda sure has had a baptism by fire from day one. I am sure Alex is going to talk about baling and packing hay with you for a long time to come. Laura

  15. When I read three hundred … I thought THREE HUNDRED!! Wow! Good haul! Especially with it all blowing around like that! We’re getting those winds up here in Ontario today. They are welcome here as they are blowing the blackflies back into the bush. Hope you got the chance to stop at look at all those bales a few times today. Success!

  16. I always dread putting up hay – always seems to be above 90 degrees. Back breaking work. But I do love sitting in the loft admiring the stacked hay and smelling the sweet smell of the fresh bales : )

  17. Well done, Celi! You’ve been such a great team! – And thanks for the photograph down there in the black area – alas! I do not have access to Instagram anymore… – These bales still look green. I’d like to smell them… Have a good rest tonight, Celi.
    And I lost my steady access to comment, always have to sign in (fill in my details) – don’t know what wordpress has done to me.

    • Hi Irmi – I would think you could get to Instagram if you just click on that picture down in the black area. It should take you right there, then near the top on the right, click on the line that says “celia@kitchens gardens” or something like that and it should take you to the whole line of pictures.

      If that doesn’t work, I don’t have any better ideas.
      Chris S in Canada

  18. Well done to you three. I know that feeling of wanting to help but not having the physical strength, so it makes sense to employ time, energy and talents elsewhere where they’ll make a difference and be appreciated rather than persevering without much effect. And I always want a nice dinner, even if I have to cook it myself ♡

  19. Good grief, three hundred! Very impressive, given how much wind there was. The rain has done some good then, even if it stopped the cows going out on pasture much. Now, if that happens again, you’ve got something good and homegrown to feed them. And how blissful to come in tired and dirty and find lovely hot food waiting for you 🙂

  20. Hauling and stacking hay is hard work at the best of times never mind doing it in the wind. I bet you gave a big sigh when that job was done.

  21. Am just glad you had a young, strong. understanding and willing male with whom to put the first bales of future ‘food’ in the larder. Neither willing to give up until the work was done . . . Sleep well . . . am surprised you had the strength to eat . . .

  22. 300 baled in one day? Awesome!
    Off of how many acres, if you don’t mind me asking? Haying is usually such hot, dusty, PRICKLY work at the best of times; congrats on such a haul and working in a gale!

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