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!
Have a lovely day.