Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hot days and taking advantage....

However exquisitely human nature may have been described by writers,
the true practical system can be learned only in the world.
                                            Henry Fielding


Wow….. it is hot out there. The temperature during the day should keep any of us inside, but if you are a farmer you still have to go out there. Lately I have been getting up earlier and trying to beat the heat. Going outside to make sure the tractor and machinery are all greased, fueled, oiled and ready for the long day of baling hay ahead. This used to not be my job, but with My Hero cutting hay every chance he gets between working fulltime he has not had the time. This morning ritual has worked well for me these days.

This morning however, I seem to be a little slower. It is 6:30 and the sun is already peeking over the horizon and I have yet to move from my chair. These long days of my baling may be taking a toll on my ambition. I am so grateful for the heat and the fact that the rain is holding off. We have been making the best of these hot days and it is nice to see round bales in the fields. I must admit I am getting a bit tired with all this rushing around though.


Sitting here this morning I think about yesterday and watching those wild turkeys walking around in the field along the fence. They were not worried about the heat or humidity which left me wondering if they had a secret way of beating this heat. The cows have been hiding out in the bush under those big leafy maples and oaks and obviously near the cool spring water hole. Their tails have been swishing back and forth like a fan.


Yesterday I baled a field of hay and was left with a partial bale of clover and alfalfa inside the baler. I decided I would take it into the field and let the girls play with it. They always love that. The first thing they did was to roll it around like a gigantic soccer ball. It was like watching a bunch of kids in a playground. After it was rolled out and the fun was over then the munching started. There was not one sound except for that munching. Needless to say that bale did not last long. Even with them having an abundance of pasture they love that treat.


In the middle of the action Bossy2 walked up to me and was staring. I immediately knew why. I pulled off “her” hat that was shading me from the blazing sun and plopped it on her head. Notice the hawk feather tucked in the brim? It was from that field I had just finished baling. She looked very happy about that new accessory. Now satisfied, she then turned right back to the munching. “Diva”


Well, I have sat here way too long this morning. The sun is now up, and the temperature is rising. I have yet to grease one thing on the baler. It is going to be a very long day. Have a good weekend everyone. It is a long weekend here in Ontario, so there will be a lot of baling hay going on around here. Let us hope that the weather cooperates and My Hero put a new tube of grease in the grease gun. Now, “that would be where I have a problem.


With the push to get this hay finally done I will be busy so I will see you all here next Thursday. Stay safe everyone.


Later

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47 comments:

  1. good morning and good haying. Stay in the air conditioning and talk to thebturkeys

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  2. I just LOVE those cattle photos! They always make me smile. Have a happy day. Summer will be over all too soon. :-)

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  3. Don't over do it now, and i hope you get it all done...Hugs M xox

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  4. I love reading your blog. It's so nice seeing how you care about your "girls" and like giving them treats.

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  5. It would never have occurred to me that cows would enjoy kicking around a "ball"

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  6. that would be fun to see the cows having a great time.

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  7. She is such a fashionista, that cow! Looks like you are making good headway on your hay - glad this hot, dry weather is good for something!

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  8. We had a long dry week, a lot of hay was being made around here!
    Good luck!!

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  9. Take care in the heat. Keep hydrated.

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  10. The turkey population is expanding and they are seen everywhere around where I live. I so enjoy seeing them, especially when they stroll across my own property, with their little ones!

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  11. Stay cool and hydrated Buttons; fingers crossed that all goes well... we'll leave the light on for you!

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  12. Look after yourself. I hope the weekend goes really well for you, and that you find some cool respite.

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  13. There are huge rubber balls sold to horse owners; horses like to kick them around, play with them. Not surprised cattle are the same. It's hot here, Grace, and the humidity is terrible. God willing, my hay is cut and baled beginning tomorrow. God willing.
    Be safe out there.

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  14. hooray for good baling weather, even if too warm! loved the story of the girls enjoying their rolly treat. :)

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  15. I'm glad the weather is cooperating, and the rain has stayed away.. Bossy2 looks so stylish in her red hat!

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  16. The hay fields around us are getting baled now and I love the smell and the sound of it all ! I remember the days on the farm in the scorching heat baling . Hope you get it all done and have some time to relax a bit and cool down . Thanks for sharing oh love the cow in the hat . Have a good weekend !

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  17. Playing with their food is what cows love to do. Some of my cows will throw hay over their shoulder in a attempt at chasing perhaps horse flies.
    Rolling the hay makes it more exciting.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  18. You get up early to beat the heat and then you work all day. Maybe you have air conditioning in the tractor. I hope you get the hay done before there's any more rain.

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  19. I do hope you have air on that tractor! And I hope the rest of the baling goes smoothly and you're soon done. Please be careful!
    Loved the picture of the red hat on Bossy2.

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  20. Got to make hay when the sun shines. I've heard that before.....ha ha. At least there has been a window for baling. They have been busy around here too.

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  21. I hope your day went well...sounds like you were in for a long one.

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  22. I am glad the hay has not been delayed too long.

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  23. Hi Buttons, I think of you each time I see the balers here hard at work morning through to the end of the day, my hubby said to me yesterday that farmers were his heros :-), mine too I said thinking of Canada's Buttons. Hope that grease gun was full and your day went without any glitches.

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  24. It's been hot here too, but I hate to complain after last winter. Of course, I am and will continue. Human nature I guess. Love the hat on the cow shot!

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  25. Good morning, I love seeing the wild turkeys and the cattle. Cute shot of Bossy 2 wearing her hat. So glad you had warm sunny days for your baling. Great fence scenes and images. Enjoy your day!

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  26. I don't envy you being out in the heat! You have air conditioning, right?!! Love the feather in your hat.

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  27. Very hot here, too - but I am not having to help bale hay. Take care and thanks for sharing a bit of your days.

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  28. I love peeking in and receiving a touch of "Buttons" . . .
    Not sure ow you can function in the high heat temps and humidity . . .
    Dreadfully hot here . . .
    Loved the Miss Red Hat one . . .
    Take good care of yourself . . .

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  29. i really do wish that spring, fall & winter were longer ... i know we have to have summer ... but the humidity in Virginia is killer. you would rather hide any way. i enjoy working outdoors but it is impossible with this heat ... when you do - you come in with a dripping wet shirt and shorts. so wild. i have to drink a ton of water or at least it feels that way. hope you are well Buttons. take care. ( :

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  30. Love the feather in the hat and all of your wonderful images. Stay cool!

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  31. As you say, Grace, you have to "make hay while the sun shines." This current "heatwave" is supposed to be ending soon. With that may come more rain, but I hope you get this cut done before that happens.
    Stay cool!

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  32. Fingers crossed that the rain holds out til you're done. I love your photos! And I am very glad that I don't have to be outside in this heat. Here's to you!!

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  33. Wonderful post. - I do hope you get all the hay baled before it rains again. - We've just had that one brief rain shower a couple of days ago and have been enjoying some cooler weather. However this week it's back up in the "triple" digits again and I'm staying inside. - Loved the shots of the cows/fences and of course Bossy2 with the hat, such a diva!

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  34. Here's hoping the hay is all made soon! I love seeing your cattle enjoying a treat!

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  35. I think it is to be a bit cooler this weekend! What a busy time of year this is for you!

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  36. Hope the rain hold off and you get the hay put up! :)

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  37. the cow with the hat really made me laugh out loud. Love all the cattle

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  38. Lol! Glad you and the girls still manage to have fun despite the heat!

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  39. I sympathize with the heat, drink lots and keep that hat for yourself Grace!! Hopefully it will all be bundled up and stored away tight for winter, soon, so you get some time to enjoy the summer. Lovely to see the gorgeous shots of your world...keep that camera safe, lol.

    Jen

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  40. That is why I love the Black Hills. Our winters may be hell, but our summers are heaven! I love Bossy's fashion show. Stay cool and I hope bailing goes smoothly. My dad had a rock break out his tractor window. Scary.

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  41. It must be hot hot hot everywhere. I hope you get the haying done soon. My late husband worked with a friend of his and they did haying in a lot of the small towns around here. He mowed and this was back in the day of the 100lb bales. Chug chug on and on it went. We got paid in beef. Not bad.
    MB

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  42. It's been a great year here for growing grass in Bluff Country. "Munching Diva" I love it....:)

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  43. I love that hawk feather more than anything, knowing what it must have meant to you when you found it and tucked it into your hat. I am glad you were able to make the most of your little pause x

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  44. We finally cut hay. We got about 500 bales. Hoping we can sell it quickly. I try to run super early to beat the heat.

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  45. Thank goodness for good bailing weather and having fun on the farm!! Nice hat!!!!

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  46. I love your interactions with your cows. I know they must be so happy to live at your place, to get toys to play with, special treats, and HATS!

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