BEST INTENTIONS

For the last few mornings I have had the very best intentions. Get up at the usual time 5m, coffee, write, post, 6am,one hour of homework then out the door for chores, 7am. Not this week apparently!

Something was always getting me up too early and with one big heave leapfrogging me over the first two hours of work and straight into the field.

This morning for instance – a steer out. A little one but he was reluctant to walk all the way around to a gate so I had to further break down the fence he got UNDER and then fix it up again. That was at 5 this morning.

I heard an out of place mooing in the night and then fell fast asleep. Must have been when he wandered. Though getting him back in was a lot easier in daylight.

But at the risk of losing homework time (after all I have a house and two little businesses to manage as well as the farm) I need to tell you I got the hay in with the help of my hay man! And it is beautiful.

I went for 1/2 ton rounds as an experiment. John bought me a long spike that attaches to my little tractor and I will begin to move them off the fields today.

The best ones will go inside and the grass hay from beside the ditch ( I call it gully hay) can stack outside. I will put tarpaulins on top of them.

So all up I have a good TEN tons of hay and about three tons of oat straw. All good and dry and lovely. Phew.

The humidity made this a long pull and I spent hours on the tractor rolling hay or with the fork getting every mouthful into the rows. I pay the hay man by the hour so I have everything ready.

Now I will spend hours bringing the bales in but John will help me after work and there is no mad hurry.

Ok. The weather today is going to be lovely.

I am going to feed out then go to town to buy more electric fence rope to electrify across the weak back fence where cows are getting out.

Then I will begin to bring in my hay harvest!

How satisfying!

Have a lovely day.

Love celi

47 Comments on “BEST INTENTIONS

  1. Glad to hear about the hay. Always a relief when that job is done.

  2. Mazel tov on getting the hay in! It looks gorgeous. Always a good feeling having that off your list. Hope you get another cutting.

  3. A relative of mine had a saying about thinking you have control of your schedule – it included the word fool. Wish I could remember it… The HAY looks wonderful! Happy Thursday!

    • Usually my plan works just fine but I do need to work on these fences. Rather not be called a fool though so I don’t mind if you can’t remember your relative’s saying.

      • Oh I am being a huge fool in this new job I have (same company, new position) -> My plans go off the rails by 7:45 am daily when the bosses arrive…. I may have to start coming in earlier than 7 am!

  4. So curious to see how feeding out the round bales goes! We got round bales once for the goats, but they were difficult to protect from the rain, and it seemed like a lot was wasted. But, they were much cheaper than the square bales! We just put up our grazon-free square bales yesterday! We had waited for a month for it! It’s difficult to find hay that hasn’t been sprayed with chemicals these days!

  5. Bravo! Job well done. I’m glad John will help you after his long work day. The rounds are beautiful in the field. They would inspire a Christo project if he saw them. (Probably a good thing if he doesn’t, so you can get 103 more tons of hay & oat straw from your lovely field.)

  6. That hay is as good as giant rolls of cash, money in the bank. I’m glad you’ve got the shifting process sorted out, I seem to remember you talking about not being able to move the big round bales. Lovely to have the feed sorted for a while. I hope you find time for a cup of coffee today 🙂

    • That was true – but these are less then half the size of the big round bales. But it is still an experiment- I will see how many I can fit in the barn!!

    • We just had to put wait all that rain and then the humidity! So glad it turned up some good hay. Actually it feels quite grown up having round bales!

  7. SO glad you had enough days without rain to get the hay done. It looks gorgeous – and the rolls look huge! I hope you get the fencing done so you can stick to your morning schedule.

  8. I’m glad you’re getting a bit of sleep cause you have so many jobs/duties. As a city dweller, I’m enjoying reading about all your farm adventures. I’d never make it on a farm, myself. 🙂

  9. Cecilia,
    How do I get to rate your farm? I want to give it the best rating.
    Saul

    • You might need to go back
      To the woofer site – go to my site and log that you have been on my farm- if you follow the directions the site will guide you through the process – I hope that helps- thank you in advance!

  10. Such a crazy busy time you have; I am so grateful you can find the time for your blog (I.e. us!). I have often wondered how those massive rolls are moved. For years I commuted from a rural setting into the city to work and passed by one farm in particular that stored those rolls outside over winter. They were somehow inserted in what appeared to be long cylinders of white plastic. Sounds good but likely expensive and, once again, how to get them in and out – lol. Have a great day. — Mame 🙃

  11. The hay looks beautiful. Wishing hay bales could be rolled with something other than plastic but such is life.

  12. “Hip, hip; HOORAY!!” for getting it all baled up, C!: )
    It’s a common practice here for the balers to actually wrap these monster bales in white plastic and then they’re “stored” in long rows like a caterpillar… What to do with the wrapping afterward? Well, that has been a conundrum. Other farms buy those pole-ribbed semi-permanent shelters – sort of like a cross between a greenhouse and Quonset hut structure only open-ended. Not too sure how well they would fare in twister-prone areas though (and of course it all costs money… ):

  13. Such a beautiful shot of the hay. It’s so pretty–the hay itself!

  14. This morning just like every morning I have best intentions… may as well but it doesn’t stop the day going as it will 🤔
    The hay photos are lovely, and the cows… I come from a long line of farmers ♡

  15. I always like the feeling when I have a winter’s worth of hay in the barn. I live in a glaciated area, not much flat ground. Just north of here are the drumlins – high rolling hills. I often see the big round bales on them and just have to wonder if they ever roll down! For the record, I sure wouldn’t like driving the haybine or the baler or anything else on those steep hills!

  16. Oh what lovely pictures, all of them, but particularly the first one. The shades of green, the light and dark – just beautiful!

    When his kids were little, the Big Guy used to tell them fields like that were bear campgrounds – the bears had their sleeping bags rolled up ready to go to bed later in the evening. They have grown out of believing that of course, and so have the grandkids, but we’ve got the next generation coming up to tease.

    Chris S in Canada

  17. Gully hay? Many years ago, a restaurant downtown made a mistake with their grocery order, and got too much cabbage. Sadly, it was discarded. Well, I saw it on top of the dumpster, and cold not wast it, so took it and made a whole bunch of sauerkraut. It was known as ‘dumpster kraut’. It was not very good.

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