Swath, Rake, Bale

It’s been a whirlwind of a week for us! You know your having fun when the Hubs frequently asks you what day of the week it is. But, we are taking two steps forward with the occasional half a step back. Progress!

July 20

The hay is harvested! J’s folks got the last field of prairie hay put up last Wednesday morning while J and I dealt with bull problems. In the afternoon, J and I baled the last field of hay-bet barley. Thursday J cut around the hay corral we feed near in the winter; Sunday afternoon we got that wrapped up too.

July 20

Tuesday morning we had a shower come through that caused a minor delay in haying. J decided to check one bunch of cows. His smile was upside down when he came home and shared that we had several bulls hurt. Apparently the two old bulls got into it with each other and both came away from the battle limping. On top of that we had a young bull with hoof rot.

Early Wednesday morn J and I got the bulls that bred the heifers in and took them to turn out with the cows. We were very glad the hurt bulls cooperated with us as the herd was in the opposite corner of the pasture from the catch pen.

July 20

Thursday was another early morning. This time we rotated the young bunch of pairs to a new pasture. Due to the creek being up we took the long way around. After we got the cattle settled we came back to the house for breakfast. J loaded the Ranger with salt and mineral and off we went to move salt boxes.

All was going well until we heard a pop noise. J and I got out to see what was wrong and found the passenger front wheel out of whack. The bolt that holds the wheel on and in alignment sheared off. Lucky for us we were in the middle of the pasture and had a chance to take a nice walk together. When we got to the neighbor’s driveway we could see dust in the distance. The neighbor was kind enough to load up the Ranger and bring us home.

July 20

When we went to the Big City two weeks ago our primary mission was to buy a new mattress. The mattress we have now was the one J bought when he graduated from college. Last weekend we went to pick up the mattress. It’s amazing what a small change can do towards a good nights sleep.

Since we were done haying I suggested we go to “art on the park”, formally known as Festival in the Park sponsored by The Matthews Opera House and Art Center. I had never attended the festival as we are normally working in the hay field. After walking through the arts and crafts we headed to the Big City to run errands. It was a great way to spend an unseasonably cool July day.

How is haying season going for you?

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3 Responses to Swath, Rake, Bale

  1. Kim says:

    I love the photo of the bales with the beautiful sky behind them. You should get that one blown up on a canvas.

    It sounds like you and J had one of “those” weeks. For us, it was machinery problems in triplicate. About the time the dealership delivers one of our tractors back home after it’s been in the shop, they have to take another one in.

    Getting to take a walk together is definitely putting a positive spin on things. 🙂 I hope this week goes better for you!

  2. Bonnie says:

    Wow you are busy. Bulls were always my bane. They would always swim out into the river and there I would sit waiting for them to come out. Not likely on a hot July. I missed the festival this year I hope you enjoyed it.

  3. Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines says:

    We aren’t hauling it this year, but hoping to have a few rolls delivered. With the flood, it seems like this year might be as bad as when it flooded, but maybe not since we have seen many fields finished out and rolls aplenty.
    Have a great day, and I hope no more mishaps for y’all.

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