Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Best Job!


Back of the job--- the Dreamer
Who’s making the dream come true.
            Berton Bailey


I look behind and watch as a gust of wind blows the freshly rolled hay back where it started from, I keep going. The sky is the most beautiful colour of blue with just a few wispy clouds and the sun is shining brightly. Perfect haying weather.

I smile as I watch the show going on above me. The tree swallows and barn swallows acrobatics entertaining me as they gather the insects flying through the air as the hay is turned.

The sea gulls that have travelled far from the lake swarm around my head. They then quickly dive down to grab the running mice or moles trying to escape their grasp after being exposed. Two determined gulls fight over what I assume must be a very desirable tasty morsel. One lets go and the other one flies off with a rather large mouse dangling from its beak. The loser searching again.

I can see the turkey vultures soaring high above all waiting to see if anything did not survive the cutting of the hay. I do hope there was nothing but only they will know for sure as they go by smell and their keen eyesight.


I love sitting on this old tractor out in the middle of this field in the sunshine, the wind, and the lovely smell of the hay. My ear protection is limiting the noise of the tractor to a dull pleasant hum, my sunglasses protecting my eyes from the glare of this bright sunshine and the allergens floating in the air, and this cap on the tractor protecting me from the sea gull activity above my head.

I rake carefully around the trees in this field, as I pass one of our apple trees I notice there are very few apples the dry spring has not helped with this. My Hero is baling two fields back where I have already raked I love watching the baler pop out those bales. It looks like the hay quantity is down significantly.

I love raking it is the perfect job; you drive around in circles pulling two rows together, avoiding trees. You may have to stop and pick up the odd tree branch in the outside rows that may have fallen in the winter, as to not let it go through the round baler and possibly causing damage. There is not a lot of strenuous activity it is the best job. Round and round.

This is the job where I can let my imagination soar just as the birds above my head, the stories fill my head.


Oh look at those beautiful round bales sitting in the field. I love this.

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Later

29 comments:

  1. The best part of getting up hay is when it's done!!

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  2. I have never raked or baled hay myself but I DO enjoy watching it bring done. I almost posted about haying today too!

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  3. I love the sight of it too and am sometimes sad that we no longer actively farm! I used to drive the tractor as well and, even though one had to be constantly aware of things in my path....there was time to reflect and just enjoy! So.....enjoy! Lovely seeing your world through your eyes. Joan

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  4. We haven't made hay in years, but I used to enjoy it, especially the smell when it was cut. Never drove a tractor, but did drive a pick-up when the (small rectangular) bales were ready to be put in the barn.

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  5. This is such a beautifully written post. I was there sitting on the tractor mudguard as you drove. I can smell the new mown hay.
    Coincidentally I make mention of my love for tractors on my blog today.
    I hope the rain keeps off for you. It should do. We have most of it on this side of the pond!

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  6. Wonderful posts and awesome photo shots ~ Wow! ~ thanks, ^_^ (A Creative Harbor)

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  7. You make it sound like a day at the beach instead of hard work. Kudos to you for looking at it as enjoyment.

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  8. I've never baled hay, but I have ridden on a tractor! Does that count? I even put on some bib overalls for the occassion! And um, ahem, this is not SIMPLE! :-)

    Cindy Bee

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  9. I'm glad you had good weather for baling! This may be a stupid question but do you have A/C on your tractor? Jim baled his final field of spring seeding yesterday...he and the kids unloaded it in close to 100* heat and humidity...I'm not so sure they liked that part! But they survived, and another two loads of hay are in the barn...a gold mine!

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  10. Beautiful post. I love the smell of freshly cut hay.

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  11. I love the smell of cut hay so much. Someone already said it, and it is good for a giggle that you make the hard work of it sound like a day at the beach :)

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  12. This is a lovely blog post; beautifilly written and perfectly evocative of haying time memories from childhood.

    I look forward to reading more from you.

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  13. Pure poetry. You have reinforced the strong connection between a nurished body and a nurished soul.

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  14. Great photos, a job well done.

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  15. What a lovely post, makes me feel as though I'm sitting right beside you on the tractor! :)

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  16. Great post, and it brings me right back to my own midwestern farm roots!

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  17. Wow. That was beautiful! I felt.like I was they and wish I were.

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  18. A beautiful site. (Your words were so descriptive too).

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  19. me, too! there is something so beautiful about round bales in the field. a sense of completion and a sense of 'all is right with the world' if there is hay to feed.

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  20. Lovely post in image and word!

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  21. I love the sight of fresh baled hay. Whether round or square I like the way the bales look in the fresh mowed field.

    It does sadden me a bit to see them moved into a row beside the road and left to rot. I seen some that stay there for years.

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  22. Such a satisfying routine you have -- a beautiful day! :)

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  23. You are SO my hero. Wish I had a tractor and knew how to use it.

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  24. Looks like a good year for you!

    Not so good a year for us - rain too late in the season... we plan on discing and seeing if that might encourage things next year. The field where the wedding took place is now at rest :)

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  25. I love the hay bales and the blue sky is just beautiful!

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  26. Yes, it must be satisfying to look over all the hay bales that have been made. The photos show the work that's been done and your words tell how :D)

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  27. I'm stepping back in time this afternoon and helping friends get their hay in as the husband cut an entire 30 acre field and there was just the 3 of them and 2 children to get the hay in and they do it by walking along and loading the bales by hand onto a trailer (square bails)... should make for an interesting afternoon.

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  28. oh b...only you could tell this story, in this way.

    it's a wonderful story of strength and courage. a story about a woman who works so hard and see's and feels all the beauty around her.

    i loved your photographs!!!

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