Monday, July 3, 2017

Hay Hopes

Time, like a flurry of wild rain,
shall drift across the darkened plane.
                       Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts

We had high hopes that the haying season would be upon us in no time. Just when the weather forecast hinted at sunny days ahead, and with only a few scattered showers we did get excited. We started to plan.

Well, let me clarify that My Hero started to plan I was a bit more reserved in my optimism. We have been fooled many a time before. Sure enough, those scattered showers hit with a vengeance last night and they knocked those nice tall and ready to cut fields of hay to the ground. Flat as a pancake some would say.

This means that even if we had a few sunny days it would have to be very hot to dry hay that lies on a wet ground. We will now need a long stretch of hot weather to get this haying thing started. Even if the rain that seems to come almost every day ceased, we will still have to wait.

I have to admit (don’t tell My Hero) I am rather enjoying this waiting thing a wee bit more than I am supposed to. If you remember, I could not bale hay last year because of a back injury. I was looking forward to getting back in the air seat before I forgot how to use the baler. I suppose it is a lot like riding a bike in the fact that you never forget.

I have a theory; more than likely my brain will not forget the mechanics of it but I am afraid my body has forgotten the pain in the neck it can be or the different muscles you use. It also can make for some very long days. Exhaustion settles in quickly if you are in shape and I am afraid I am not in shape at all. Going to bed at 9 has become my norm and I am not going to complain about that. I rather like it.

As I sit here this very moment with a bowl of delicious ice cream that a well-intentioned friend left here last night, I think of My Hero out in the barnyard planning the season. He works on the machinery most every chance he has these last few weeks in preparation for the season. The season that I think I am the only one who wonders if it will even come. I eat ice cream and try not to think about that.

The counter on the baler shows 00000 now but I changed it from 375 about an hour ago. That 375 was all the hay we had to work with last year. I will not bore you once again with what that meant around here. We had “Hay Hopes” for this season after last year’s burnout.

I have decided that I am going to continue to wait. I will not worry about when, or if this season will begin. I will take advantage of this free time to take photos of a very optimistic man who readies the baler, the disc bine, the rake and all the tractors while his biggest fan photographs him.

I will go for coffee when asked. I will visit those I have missed. I will cook for friends and family. I will try to get back into some kind of shape for the day I have to climb back up into that tractor and twist around to drive in circles on my air seat until it is dark outside. To try and stay awake until I can finally lay my head down on my pillow at night.

So if you are looking for me I may be in the house with ice cream, or travelling about and just enjoying the gift of time we have been handed.

Either way, it is all good. Life is funny like that. Enjoy those unexpected gifts of time. Before you know it you may be too busy or not be able to take advantage of that gift and wish you had.



  1. I do hope you get that warm weather so that you can get the hay you need, but it's nice to see you taking it all in stride. Have a wonderful week!

  2. You have a marvellous attitude toward the whole thing.

  3. This farming life seems to be all about "hurry up and wait!" Enjoy the waiting in the meantime!

  4. Good luck. Enjoy your waiting time.

  5. I feel bad about the bad timing of Mother Nature to flatten the hay before it was cut. I hope for good weather for your hay harvest. We've had a lot of bad luck too this haying season. Too much rain, too often and broken equipment.

    You are a wise woman to not fret about things you can't do anything about. Ice cream sounds like a great way to take away the sting of disappointment. You take awesome photos.
    Hugs, Julia

  6. Unexpected gifts of time....what a great way to put it! ENJOY!!!

  7. Whatever else happens, ice cream is a good thing. But I do hope you get a long hot dry spell to dry all the hay.

  8. It sounds like you've learned the lesson that all of us could stand to learn! No need to worry, it won't change anything. But I sure hope you get your hay in soon, and that it's a much better season than last year. In the meantime, ice cream is a GREAT alternative!!

  9. Hay was early down here this year...and nice and green. So far, I've only purchased about 10 bales of first cutting as I have a lot of 2nd cutting grass from last year that needs to be used up. I should have no trouble making it to 2nd cutting this year. The night before last we had that pounding rain, but we had a very good stretch of heat in June that really helped the farmers. Hopefully all will work out and you can continue to catch that break. Patience is....

  10. Bless your hearts and the work of your hands! I hope the hay will dry out for you soon, so that you can get it all in.

    Enjoy your break before the rush of work.


  11. B,

    What is it we all need, oh yes...patience....and you have it girl.
    Looking forward to hearing about your next hay harvest and baling experience.
    Sending hugs to you and your Hero.

  12. How smart of you to take advantage of this change in your routine.


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