Wednesday, 8 August 2012

The Challenge For Today

Today is going to be just a bit busy. The refrigerator is full of milk again, so I must make cheese today but that will have to take a back seat to the Alfalfa harvest. In the old days large families would make this light work but it's just the two of us. Thankfully we have that fantastic neighbor who with the tractor and necessary implements to cut and bale for us. Yeah for fantastic neighbors!! He gets sixty percent for his labor and we take forty percent. Way more than we need for our eleven goats so it looks like we will have hay for sale this year.

What a year it has been! I don't think I have ever seen the fields so lush and the bales are coming fast and thick every 15 to 20 feet.

We are doing square bales this year thankfully! For the last few years we did the big round bales but when you are feeding goats it gets to be a huge amount of work to feed with those bales since we don't have a tractor to move them around. This year the hay will go straight into the barn and stay nice and dry. We can't do that with the round ones and end up losing almost half the hay to the weather.

We do however have to hurry.... See those clouds? The forecast says sunny all day. Hmm. I'm still wondering if they are ever going to be right.

Maybe some day we will have our own equipment to do all of this, but for now I am so thankful for good neighbors. 

1 comment:

  1. Glo,

    I enjoy having great neighbors that help around the property and look out after you. Especially if hubby is out of town. We always watch out for one of our neighbor, he's a widower and a sweet little guy. I love running over to his place and giving him homemade items or veggies from the garden.
    Enjoy your neighbor and don't work to hard out in the fields today. I'm taking a break, had a needle placed in my hip today to help with the pain.


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