Just another Sunday on the Farm

We found out Saturday afternoon that our long awaited truck load of hay was gong to be heading our way. We have been trying to get this load for nearly a month now. First it was trying to find hay, then it was trying to get it hauled and delivered. Now, with the unsettled weather coming in we were, like most of the others in our situation, getting a bit nervous about not having the hay in the barn.

The hay hauler had called at 8:30 pm Saturday night to say he was loaded and going to arrive around 7:00 am Sunday. Wow! Well... maybe! To unload a truckload of hay, we usually have a gizmo they call a "hay squeeze" to unload. It has forks that smash the hay all together and they lift it off the truck and put it in the barn. Well, we didn't have a squeeze available on such short notice so we had to get a bit creative.

Luckily, or not... these are bigger bales than most people are used to seeing. These are 4x4x8 bales that weigh about 2000 pounds each. Don't think I am going to be able to help move them around much, but luckily we had some tractors and some wonderful operators available to put it all together. We put some rinky dink forks on a tractor and tried to lift the bales - that didn't work as we kept breaking the strings that hold them together. Then we went to stabbing the bale with one tractor and pushing on the other side with another tractor. WooHoo! it worked! All of the bales of hay are now in the barn, and winter can now come.

I think we are ready now on this Sunday afternoon.

5 comments (Add your own)

1. Ismail wrote:
Marloes - Beautiful pictures.I wish the both of you a bfeutiaul and long life together in good health and love. Just like your life together started.Pleas bring your parents grandchildren! And bring them to Aruba on vacation. I want to see and hug them.Love out of Aruba

Fri, May 4, 2012 @ 10:01 PM

2. Baboutche wrote:
The photograph of them lokoing at each other, nose to nose, genuinely made me smile. Reminds me so much of my husband and I . what you can say with a look like that. You can tell that you really put them at ease for these shots, they are relaxed and fun!

Sat, May 5, 2012 @ 1:54 AM

3. Kevin wrote:
Hi from South Shields, nice picture you have here today Celine.I need your suroppt, see my latest post at Photographers rights in the UK and worldwide are under increasing threat and we need to make a stand now!Unless something changes dramatically, this will be the last ever post at South Shields Daily Photo.

Wed, July 25, 2012 @ 6:00 AM

4. Nicolas wrote:
We are waiting for our frmaers to come and cut our hay. It is amazing how much hay you can get some a back pasture. And I love how much frmaers still barter. We used to fill our hayloft with hay for the horses and whatever was left over the farmer got for his cows, but now we planted our back 40 with hay as well so he gets even more hay for the cows. I love the way round bales look out in the field, but square bales are much easier to deal with for smaller scale farm animals. It was so great catching up with Beth this past weekend and I can't wait to see what you guys will do next!

Thu, October 4, 2012 @ 1:18 PM

5. Calvin wrote:
I have lived in northern MN and WI my whole life, so cold weehtar is just one of those things you learn to deal with. However, this winter has been particularly cold. We haven't had a day in the 30 s or 40 s for a few weeks now, and it has gotten down below zero (WAY below zero if you count the wind chill) every night in Jan. so far. BRRRR! Even for a hardy girl like myself, it sure is hard to get up the energy to sustain a nice long ride in this weehtar. I have never liked the strain on the lungs that winter riding puts on horses, so I don't ride unless it is above zero- however, it has been so cold for so long, without any signs of warming up this month, that I think I may have to break my rule and toughen' up pretty soon for a light ride or two this week! Anyone in the southern states want a farm-hand for a few months?

Thu, October 4, 2012 @ 6:08 PM

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