Cary Guards A Hay Bale
Hay Season 2006 continues, and if all goes well, we'll be spending many, many hours today picking up hundreds of bales of hay before it starts to rain. We've already had a minor setback--nothing like picking up the two-way radio and hearing, "The rake is broken." But the Repair Crew (Joe, me, Cary, and the Nanny Bear) loaded up the Jeep with tools and a piece of chain Joe has held onto for 15 years (NEVER throw anything potentially useful out when you live on a farm in the middle of nowhere), bounced out into the field, and, as Joe put it, "hobbled the thing back together." Thank goodness.
The tractor part store is about 70 miles away. They are open on Saturdays (you NEVER want anything to break down on a Sunday), but at this time of year the wait in line (which is full of anxious farmers glancing at their watches) probably exceeds an hour.
Back To The Beginning:
It's definitely going to be a long, hot day, as temperatures are predicted in the 90sF. This is good for the hay, not so good for wilting hayers. Meanwhile, things are heating up in a totally different way over at Writings From Windridge Farm. Click here to read the latest chapter of my early farm adventures. Click here if you have no idea what this is all about.
A Year Of Daily Farm Photos:
A year ago today I put up the first Daily Farm Photo, not knowing if I would be able to keep posting a photo every single day, or what people would even think of them. I've been astounded by their popularity. Click here to see the photo that started it all. And thank you for your wonderful comments and enthusiasm. It's been such a pleasure sharing my personal views of the farm with so many people from around the world.