Monday, July 4, 2011

The Plan!

“All human plans and projects come to naught”

 Robert Browning

It was a great plan.  It was a beautiful hot weekend with a prevailing wind, perfect haying weather.  My Hero had cut six fields of hay.  I watch this man at work, I am  smiling.  The aroma of fresh cut hay is one of the things I truly enjoy.  The air is filled with this sweet smell.
The discbine with a 13-foot cut makes for a quick work.  We used to use a haybine with a 9-foot cut.  My Hero would bounce around for hours and days, coming home in the dark and then putting ice on his aching back.  This was one of our best investments.  Quicker cutting means less trauma to his spine.

The hay is all raked except for two fields; the forecast changes to scattered showers for Saturday night.  No problem, My Hero will go rake the last fields, and I will start baling what is already raked, when I get back from town.

 After I get back with the baler twine I prepare supper for later, we will be having guests.  My Hero had the baler all greased and ready; it is 2pm on Saturday.  I jump on the tractor and start baling.  I missed this, the hay is feeding into the baler, and the grass is dry, just perfect.   I wrap the bale, pull the lever…nothing.  I try again nothing!  Shut the tractor off check it out.  ???  I jump in the truck and go and get My Hero.  I will take over raking; he can hopefully fix  this little problem.  My Hero bales in a higher gear (faster) than I so we will still be able to get all the fields baled today.  I drive around the field raking  for an hour, wondering if he is baling by now.  I am finished I push the rake back together, no hydraulics manually ; this is physically always very hard for me. I drive back to the farm and see My Hero under the tractor.  Never a good sign.  Working in nature’s garage the sun pounding down on him.  We works on it a couple more hours, I pull him away for supper with our guests.

We are now finished our supper, we excuse ourselves from our guests. I am now passing him tools, while he tries to find this problem.  A split hydraulic line.  A special end on this particular one, and the fact everything is closed for the long weekend makes this a problem.  My Hero is switching lines around.  This proved to be a very difficult endeavour.  The mosquitoes are biting I hold the flashlight.  It is now 10pm, our day started at 6am.  I convince a struggling in the dark very tired man it can wait until the morning.  We need rest, we will fix it in the morning and the baling will get done.  OK, he says unwillingly.  The forecast says scattered showers, there is still hope. We both have to take a shower to get rid of the sweat, and the grease, then we pass out in bed.
 I hear the first crack of thunder, I jump out of bed and it is pouring rain.  So much for the plan.  Farming is tough when you rely on the weather, and machinery.  It is Sunday morning the sun is coming up; My Hero is back under the tractor lying on the wet ground.  After an hour he drives the tractor around to the field, the door opens, and out pops my trapped bale. MY HERO!

The weekend was wasted and there is so much catching up to do. My Hero will order the part (special order from the USA) and we will fix it again in a week.  Meanwhile....
 I will rake the hay back over today, let it dry out, and then try to bale ( with the temporary fix) this afternoon while My Hero is at work.This is going to be a crazy week. No plans are going to be made.


  1. Your Hero is the MacGyver of farming!

  2. So sorry about the busted machinery. It's always happening around here. Hope you get back up and running sooner than later. :)

  3. oh, i hate that you lost a whole day of perfect baling weather. i know it happens often, but it is so frustrating!

  4. the smell of fresh hay takes me right back to my childhood, jumping from the haymow, then picking it from our hair and out of our underwear. ;o)

    hope the craziness passes quickly!

  5. You have to love the life and the land or we would never survive!

  6. Glad you got it working. Now we are in for a prolonged dry spell so who knows what hay we will get now. We got a little hay off our new pasture field instead of brushhogging it down so we are glad for that. Relax and take a load off for a day.
    God Bless

  7. farming is tough for sure!

    happy 4th of july!! :)

  8. YEp - Gotta love farming!

  9. Sorry about the trouble, but what is done sure looks good!

  10. Yes...sounds like a typical day on the farm. Plans are sometimes pipe dreams. Hope you have great weather this week and get all you 'plan' to do - done. Maa

  11. I hear you!! It is always sooooo though making plans with farming and weather.... But i'm glad your hero is so handy (like mine, hehe) and can fix thing!

    And i do have a spare bedroom in case you change your bucket list!

    Happy 4th of July!

  12. cool so dumb non farmer question time what is (if there is) the difference between square bales and round ones or is it just the machinery

  13. Wishing you the sunniest of sunny haying days this week, buttons!

    Psst - we are in full recovery mode here :)!

  14. I second Matti!
    She beat me to it!


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