After two very long days, the first cutting of hay has finally been mowed, teddered (aka fluffed up), raked into windrows, and is ready to be baled.
Lots more photos below. . .
But it took two hours to make 10 bales with The Borrowed Green Beast
Thankfully our little old diesel tractor was up to the job—though you don't usually have to throw your hay into the baler.
Sylvester Is in Charge of Haybale Security
I Start Loading While Joe Finishes Baling (Drive, Stop, Jump Out, Pick Up, Repeat)
Lucky Buddy Bear Cheers Me On from the Shade
Making the last bale (and the garage/shop/bakery kitchen/upstairs living quarters we really will move into someday—though for now the bread bakery project is on indefinite hold).
The Next Section of the Hayfield We'll Cut
Admiring My Stacking Job
You can't fall asleep yet—we still have two hours of daylight left to stack these bales in the haybarn and bring in 200 more from the field.
10:00 pm: Cleaning Out the Baler and Enjoying an Ice Cold Bottle of Homebrew
Ready to pick up a few more bales? You'll find links to plenty of past haying season photos here. Wondering what we'll do with all this hay? Feed it to the animals during the winter—and probably wish we had even more. Last year we went through over 800 bales.
© 2009 FarmgirlFare.com, the already cutting more hay today foodie farm blog (these photos are from Monday) where there's a definite advantage to being the official haying crew photographer—you have an excellent excuse for taking lots of breaks.