Thursday, August 6, 2015

Little Things...

Life is hardly respectable if it has no generous task,
no duties or affections that constitute a necessity of existence.
Every man’s task is a life preserver.
            Ralph Waldo Emerson


It’s Sunday morning and after the heavy rains of Friday night My Hero, and I are grateful for the sunshine and winds that are expected and would dry the rain soaked hay lying in five fields. This unfortunately is so typical of this year. There are only tiny windows of opportunity to get the hay off without any rain, and we missed another one.

Pretty patches of fog linger and silly, wild turkeys entertain two farmers who are sitting in the house watching them while planning their day. The forecast is all sunshine and breezy till around seven o’clock tonight. The satellite shot on the computer had My Hero comment “No problem", a typical answer for all my worries this year. He will go back and rake after the hay is dry, and I will go back to bale later on. He left to grease everything, and I went to make sandwiches and scramble to prepare something for supper that does not require tending to.


The hayfield behind the house, now clear of the round bales has a new growth about six inches high. The second cut is growing very well, and we have not even finished the first cut this year. I rush to get things done. A load of laundry and a quick dusting of the floors, tackling those dust bunnies that never seem to disappear.

The sound of the tractor outside stops my fussing with the house. My Hero is heading off to rake a field across the road. I know that will take him an hour, so I must hurry. Just as the hour was up, he stops at the house to tell me the hay is drying quickly. I hand him a jug of water and snacks and tell him I will take his lunch in my tractor and meet him at the back of the farm. Ready or not, our day was starting.

With the lunches packed behind the seat of my tractor and the baler dragging behind, I drive through and around the cows in the lane. The weatherman was right, lots of sun and strong winds make this day look promising.
Pulling into the raked field, my first thought is doubt. The field is huge and it is one, out of five. Could we get it all done? It is noon and the rain should begin around 7, if that satellite shot was right. I jump out of the tractor to check and make sure the hay is dry. I hear the tractor raking over in the other field. We can do this I told myself. I flip over some hay, it was dry. There was nothing to stop me now.

After about two hours of baling, I hit a snag while trying to dump a bale. It would not budge. I tried everything I knew, but I could not get it out. Knowing I was wasting time and I had no choice, I left my tractor and made my way toward the sound of the tractor raking. My Hero, driving round and round saw me and knew something was wrong. He was almost done that field. He hand signalled that he would finish and be right over. I head back towards my tractor, down the road and across the field. My Hero was soon finished and then quickly got that stuck bale out.


Since we were both here, we enjoy our sandwiches and make another plan. He already had all but one field raked. The wind was drying it quickly so I should keep baling and he would finish raking. He would then take over baling for me. My Hero bales quicker than I. One gear higher makes a big difference in the speed in which things get done. I bale slower hoping for no breakdowns also knowing he can fix what he breaks. I did not want to let him do everything, but I knew it was for the best. He once again drove off with the rake dragging behind, heading to that last field. I went back to baling.

After a time, I notice the tractor with the folded up rake sitting at the bottom of the field. When I reach the end of the row, My Hero and I trade places. I drive the rake back to the house and go back to tackling those household things I had left unfinished. I bake brownies and complete our dinner, not knowing when we will be eating it. Hours tick away.


The tractor finally comes driving up the lane. I run to open the gate. My Hero and I fill the baler with more twine. There is only one more field left to bale across the road. The sky is getting dark and gloomy. He says it will take an hour; it is 6:00 now. Off he goes.

At 7:20 he drives into the barnyard. We sit down to eat. Suddenly those lingering black clouds open up and torrential rains make a river of the laneway.

Six more fields to go. Bale count 430.


Later



41 comments:

  1. Good morning, sounds like you two work well together to get things done. I love the shots of the cattle, they are so cute! I hope the rest of the haying/baling go well! Brownies, yum! Have a happy day!

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  2. Busy, busy day but it sounds like you two have made a grand start on baling! Hope the rest of the season goes even better with NO breakdowns!

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  3. busy time for you both at the moment. Pleased you got a lot done before all the rain.

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  4. I will trade you, Miss B. I will send sunshine and heat your way and you can share some of your rain with us! We got some rain last night, not sure how much, but we need anything we can get.

    Hang in there!

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  5. always a battle with weather! reading your day's account filled me with apprehension to 'hurry, hurry, hurry'. glad you got those 5 fields in! our first crop here was trash - too much rain for an extended spring. 2nd crop was growing great but we've not had a spot of rain for almost 6 weeks. everything's stopped growing and is browning out. poor ranchers...

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  6. It sounds just like our days at our farm. Trying to cut, rake and bale in between the rain drops. Meals are never on schedules and hubby has to go to meetings after supper. Rush, rush all the time.
    You did great, got that field in before the rain.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  7. Busy day as always when doing your bales. Let's hope the next 6 paddocks go as well after the rain and all dries out...
    Hugs M xox

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  8. I am completely worn out reading your post. I used ro work in the fields but we never had hay balers like today. In my time, it was all done by hard work with the hands. Stop and take a rest.

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  9. Sounds like a job well done. I can't even imagine doing anything like that. Raking up piles of weeds/grass is almost beyond my capacity! But as always, I enjoy reading your blogpost. Linda@Wetcreek Blog

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  10. I was rooting for you and your husband to beat the rain. I like reading about your days which let me understand the hard work involved in farming. I come from farming stock (my grandparents) but have never worked a farm. You must be exhausted by suppertime!

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  11. I like how you describe the work and its problems and yet together, you and your hero, always conquer the day.

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  12. Emerson's quote is just perfect. Weather does have a way of defining itself doesn't it. All your animals are great, and I have to say they have the most darling faces.

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  13. I'm glad the rain held off and let you get the five fields finished. I've been praying for an inch or so of rain here because my ground is opening up in huge cracks and this is like dejavue of the horrible drought we had three years ago. Burn bans are already being called for in surrounding counties..it's just a matter of time before my county is put in one. :(

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  14. What a life...I don't think there is any better feeling than accomplishing what you set out to do. Such a busy life you have, but bet it feels good to sit down at the end of the day.

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  15. Wow, I am in awe of all your hard work!
    Lynne x

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  16. I was on the edge of my chair!

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  17. Whew....you certainly keep busy there during Hay season. Glad you got some of it done without it raining again. - Nice shots of the cows and the fences. I really liked the shot of them walking towards the gate.

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  18. Wow. You two are so busy on the farm right now. Such a long and hard workday. Farm work is difficult and there is no time to relax in the harvest season. Take care B.

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  19. Love your photos!!! Such hard work for you both. Hope you find time to relax and to enjoy your summer.

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  20. I am glad all the work went well.I do love all your cattle behind your fences

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  21. Haying: always a race against the rain. Such perfect timing!

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  22. Well done. A huge day, a productive day.
    A woman's work is never done - and when that woman is also a farmer she has even more on her plate. Even with a Hero at her side.

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  23. lots of the farmers around here lost whole crops in some of the hailstorms we've been having ... they are relying on the help of strangers to feed their animals..I feel so sorry for them. Farming is a tough life... so dependant on Mother Nature and, honestly, sometimes she is so mean.

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  24. I really think you two make a wonderful team! I love the way you refer to your hero who can fix it! It will all get done!

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  25. You paint a very accurate picture of farm life and its frustrations and good times.

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  26. That's a lot of hay. I suppose where you live you have a long winter and that hay is necessary for all those beautiful cows. My parents had a cow/calf operation here in East Texas for many years. Today our pastures are leased to another farmer so there's not much work to be done. Someone else's cows, they get the chores of dealing with them. I just look at them out the windows and remember the old days. Love photos and your story was quite familiar. My dad has been gone over 20 years and mom passed away nine months ago. But our family has been on this land for many generations and I know of what you speak!

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  27. Glad you were able to get that work accomplished. Haying is hard!!!!!

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  28. What a great team you two make . Glad you got the fields done you set out to do before the rains . Lovely post and photos . Thanks for sharing , Have a good weekend !

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  29. You guys are awesome, so good to hear that the weather held for you! :)

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  30. Good job! We had a week of non-soggy weather, which was good because the gutter had to get fixed. And today it rained all day!
    ~

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  31. Sounds like you two got those 5 fields finished just in the nick of time! Yay!! I love your writing, Grace, and also the photos of the cattle. Have a nice Friday!

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  32. I'm imagining every step as your story unfolds. I know it's a lot of work. Now getting the bales into storage is the next hard task! I helped on the farm when I was a much younger girl- I couldn't do that kind of work now!

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  33. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, with a comment on my todays' post.....I've joined your blog, making me #400. I hope you will join me as a follower.

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  34. oooh b, it's such a hard life!!! but i just love your stories of steadfast teamwork, doing it all together!!!!

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  35. I think the Emerson quote was perfect for today's post. Well done and hope the rest of the day went well....;)

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  36. Wow! I'm exhausted just reading this. You farmers sure work hard and are at the mercy of the weather.

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  37. Yes indeed - tiring times. You guys are so amazing to be able to work so hard. I fear that, like my Mother always said, we youngsters (or not so young any more) are allergic to hard work.

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  38. Grace, nail biting all the way. At least you got that done, but you two must be so glad to see the end of this run that's for sure.

    Jen

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  39. Dear Grace ... You live such a busy life I don't know how you do it .. and to keep your blog up and running with such absorbing posts .. you are AMAZING!!
    I fret over the silly chore of watering the gardens .. it takes me about 4 hours for a good deep water .. my 4 hour chore seems like child's play compared to what you do girl ... I have my fingers crossed that all this "dry" weather this weekend has been what you need to get this haying project done and dusted !
    Dust Bunny Mafia are sneaky creatures ... you can never get them all and then ? what do they do ? what real bunnies do ... MULTIPLY !!! hahaha
    Take care girl !
    Joy : )

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  40. My admiration for the work that farmers do is unceasing.

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