Wednesday, August 13, 2014

D...D...D...Done....721 Bales!

Every man’s task is his life-preserver.
                          George Barrell Emmerson


What a long weekend this last one was. The push was on to finally get this haying thing out of the way, the weather was co-operating and My Hero and I were very determined, there was nothing to stop us now.

It all started late Friday afternoon when My Hero cut hay in two of those back fields that have been patiently waiting for the heat required and the rain to stay away. Saturday morning he was up bright and early to cut the rest, we were going to get this done no matter what, I truly think he was more determined than I. Auction season was dwindling and there was that whole wedding thing to think about, OK not more than I, I was getting “antsy” as my Grandma used to say.


Saturday morning I took a little trip which I will tell you about on Friday while My Hero was cutting but it was all about the haying business from then on for both of us. Saturday early evening My Hero after cutting all day went back to rake those fields cut on Friday, the weather was co-operating perfectly, finally. I made my way back and baled and baled. The sun was setting when I finally decided the rest could wait till morning. On my way back up I dropped one of those fresh bales for the girls, they were so excited and munched, munched till it was gone.


Sunday at 12PM I went back to bale what I had not finished from the night before and then I had to head across the swamp and through the bush; oh I love that part. I headed to find My Hero who was quickly raking those last four fields. I started baling. Meanwhile I was getting tired and constantly thinking of that crockpot I had left on in the kitchen counter cooking dinner. I had been baling quite a while now, (it was now 4PM) only because I kept having breaking twine problems requiring rethreading the baler over and over, taking so much longer than I thought. This was when all sorts of things ran through my mind. Farmgirl worry, but I kept going and going, concentrating on those seagulls far from the sea circling over my head and my stopping to pick up turkey feathers (some things never change). We were going to be done today no matter what, oh yes keep focusing on the finish line, I kept telling myself.

I have to tell you the part about how my baling hay skills differ from My Hero’s skill at this point. You see I bale much slower than My Hero, in my defense since I am usually alone baling I always take my time as to not break something on the baler that I could not possibly fix. My Hero used to always say “You know you can put it into a higher gear and finish much faster” oh yes he used to say that till I snapped a roller in half one year then he stopped saying that. True story.


This slower pace was no different this time, except for the fact that My Hero was now done raking all the hay and was now watching me bale, I am pretty sure it was torturing him watching my cautious slow pace. So while tying then dropping a bale, I watched him walk up to the tractor and signal with his hands “Want me to bale” (yes I can read his hand signals, there has been lots of practise). I shook my head yes knowing he baled twice as fast as I do and we could finally be done. Not to mention the fact I was tired and that chicken in the crockpot was probably done at least an hour ago. It was now 5:30PM.


Long story short I went home relaxed, and knit another hat while he baled and baled. Do I feel guilty about him doing all that work? Possibly, but we needed to get done. He (always my hero) after two more hours came up to tell me the magic number of bales 721 then we both ate overcooked chicken while smiling ear to ear.


So, we are now done, at least first cut. Happy cows, happier farmers…. life is good. Now, on with the wedding prep and My Hero tells me there is an auction next weekend. I shall have to think about that one while wondering if there is a ladder there, if you know what I mean.


Later

37 comments:

  1. What a team . . . yay . . . well done you two!

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  2. Isn't it great to finally get something crossed off the list? But there are always seem to be plenty of things to fill it up again. Your cattle look like they were enjoying the fruits of your labor. I hope things continue to roll along smoothly for wedding preparations!

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  3. Yea for getting the hay harvested!

    I don't know how to bale, but am on the slow side when running equipment. While moving between hay fields a couple weeks ago we were driving on the road. I was in my normal gear setting, the one I am told to drive in. We got to the field and J asked why I was driving so slow; I told him my gear setting and speed. "You do know you can go in a higher gear, there's 24 of them, R." Who knew ... lol!

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  4. Slow and steady wins the race
    but sometimes faster is the pace

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  5. Congrats on finishing the first cut and baling. I only do push mowers here, and I think I'll keep it that way. Look forward to hearing more about the wedding plans. Linda@Wetcreek Blog

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  6. So glad the first baling is done; something can be crossed off your worry list!

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  7. Your story is all to familiar...we got a chuckle from the "go faster" comment. Congrats on the bale count... You both Rock!

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  8. 721 bales?! Woohoo! I'm so glad your'e finished! On to better things, like a wedding?

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  9. 721 Bales!!! Oh what a great amount of hay!!! You will be all set to feed those gorgeous cows all winter.
    Yes, Now on to the wedding. You are going to be one busy gal aren't you?
    It is all good and what a feeling of accomplishment you must have right now.
    That is amazing that much hay.

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  10. Nothing like the feeling of a job well done. So glad it didn't rain after cutting. Will you get a second cut? Or leave it for winter pasture?

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  11. hooray!!! let the wedding countdown begin!

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  12. Congrats on having baled so much hay so far this year. Your girls will be soooo happy! Your Hero was very sweet to help you finish the baling.

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  13. i didn't lift a finger ... & i am exhausted for you guys. wow, wee!! what a great job. relax a bit ... & on to the wedding prep. wish you well on that. ( :

    is 721 normal?

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  14. Wow - I can't imagine the work that went into 721 bales. That's incredible. This calls for a nap!

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  15. You both have done well..all finished ready for the next season.. Hugs M xox

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  16. hooray for being done!

    but it's a bit late, to offer daughter a ladder, i'm afraid. -gigggles- not much chance now, of talking her into eloping. ,-)))

    tessa~

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  17. Hard work, haying. You were getting the baler warmed up for him! What a great sense of accomplishment - you two have an awful lot on your plate this summer...

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  18. You make a great team! Congrats on getting it done!

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  19. WooHoo!!
    Glad you were able to get the job done :)
    Happy cows!!

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  20. Woohoo! I am glad that is finally done! If your hero grumbles, just tell him that he bales much quicker than you anyway!

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  21. B,

    See, we had confidence you'll get all the hay baled and you did!!!! 721 bales...........omg!!!!

    Now it's time for wedding preparations and before you know it the day will be here.

    My son is in a wedding next weekend, and he can't believe the days almost here because he still owes $200 on a tuxedo rental, lol.

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  22. 721 bales tastes good! :) yeah!
    Oh yeah, I can read Cameron's hand signals and facial expressions from miles away! Haha!
    Cheri

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  23. Teamwork for sure...way to go! Now enjoy the wedding and looking for your ladder!!!...:)JP

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  24. yay!! too bad you don't make square bales. you could cover them with a nice fabric and you would have seating for your wedding guests! but you could still do a bridal crown made of turkey feathers. ;)

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  25. You amaze me, baling slow or fast doesn't matter. You're on a tractor busting out moves. Sounds like a you guys are a great team. Country life requires that huh.

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  26. Good for you for getting all that baling done and now you can concentrate on the wedding. It must feel great to get it all in before the rain.

    The cattle are happy to sample a new bale of fresh hay.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  27. Congrats in being finished with the baling. Finally that is behind you. Great images including that super moon shot.

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  28. Perseverance pays - dividends and bales! Those cows sure look happy that you brought them a treat.

    Nice teamwork.

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  29. Congratulations. Farm work finally finished! Well, the bailing part, anyhow. Are you thinking you might, perhaps, get a second cut? Isn't it a bit late in the year for that dream?

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  30. Finally I get Blogger to cooperate so I hope I'm able to leave a simple comment!

    Sounds like happiness all the way around! Is all the hay for your use, or do you have some that you sell? I've no idea how much hay would be needed for the cattle you have.

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  31. Grace girl I can imagine the BIG smiles over the well cooked chicken dinner that the bailing? is done .. and now for the wedding, and another milestone will be accomplished .. rest up while you can girl!
    Joy : ) GOOD LUCK !!!

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  32. Getting those last few bales done on a farm is ALWAYS a joyous occasion! Sorry I haven't been around in awhile... good luck pulling the wedding on together!

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  33. I do know what you mean!! Awesome capture of the moon, looks like Leo still has it ;)

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  34. That is a lot of hay and a lot of hard work! I know you are glad to put it behind you for now and concentrate on other things. And I'm so impressed that you can knit a hat so fast! I haven't attempted a hat yet. That's for later. :-)

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  35. 721 bales in the field, 721 bales, load one on, put it on up, 720 bales in the field...720 bales in the field, 720 bales, load one on, put it on up, 719 bales in the...ah you get it ;)

    Womans work is never done... but in the meanwhile I think those bales will be a nice touch in the field behind the wedding!!!

    xoxo

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  36. What you have 2 cuts. Oh girl I really feel for you. Well at least you have a break for awhile. Oh I forgot the wedding. Ok I am getting there.

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