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A Good Day

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Yesterday was one of those days.  When we went to bed the night before,  we knew that in the morning  we had more to do than you want to imagine!  We both had a list that needed to be accomplished.  Driving both of us was a beautiful, sunny day before the forecast said it was going to start raining again.  Gene had cut one small field of hay on Saturday afternoon. He knew he had only a narrow window of two nice days before the next rain but he felt he could get it done as he was planning to put the bales in a plastic tube. You want the hay to have more moisture (35-50%) when you tube it.

Gene is an early riser and by the time my feet hit the ground at 7 a.m, he was already hard at it, feeding cows. Of course when there is a time crunch, things go wrong. He had a flat tire on the mixer wagon that had to be fixed so he could get the cows fed.  While he was feeding,  he found a cow with wire wrapped around its head and feet. He had to catch her and cut it off.  Soon afterwards he got a call from Steve, an employee and fellow beef farmer, who had a cow tangled in barb wire and he needed help.

Back on the farm, he tilled my garden with the 6′ tiller so that I could plant.  The ground was still wetter than I like but it is the middle of May and I still do not have my garden planted.  The weather does not look good for another week or more so I felt I had to get it planted in this window of opportunity. The sun was bright and warm with a gentle breeze and by late morning the soil was nice and crumbly.

Just as he was heading to the field to rake hay, he got a call from Mr. Willis saying our big tractor that was in for repair was fixed.  Gene was very happy for that call and left immediately to pick it up as he was really needing that tractor in the hay field.  Back on the farm, he raked the hay, grabbed a bite of lunch and then baled the hay.   Just as he was finishing, Steve arrived from hauling a load of cattle to market and together they gathered the hay off the field.  By 7 PM all 27 bales were tubed and sealed. Done!

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Me. I was just as busy. Between helping in the store and doing chores (fed the pigeons and hens, gathered eggs, and watered the greenhouse), I got my garden planted, strawberries, radishes, onions and asparagus picked, roses fed with Bayer 3-n-1 Rose Care, the bird feeder filled with seed, the deck swept and a strawberry pie with no crust (to help save calories since I am on a diet) made for supper.

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By supper time we were both exhausted, but like Gene said, “it was a good day”. My feet hurt and every muscle in my body ached.  I didn’t get his usual help in the garden today and I had to push out my own rows but like they say, “I got ‘er done”!!! Let me tell you, it was an Advil night!  After checking facebook and email, I crashed on the sofa and Gene stretched out in his comfy recliner. Next thing I knew it was 11 PM!  Gene said I sure did seem to enjoy my snooze! If I had been awake, I can guarantee that I could tell you, he enjoyed his also!!!

 

 

 

Delightful June

Each season on the farm has it’s own “specialness” (spell check doesn’t like that word!) and delight.  June is very photogenic and once again with my camera in hand I tried to capture the uniqueness of the season.

This June has been especially nice with cooler temperatures and plenty of rain.  And yes, a storm or two thrown in.  We are in full swing of haymaking-in between the rain days.  Gene only has about 200 acres of hay to make in between everything else he has to do.  He has several weather channels he logs into and I think he is better able to discern the weather than the meteorologist!  He looks at the temperature, direction of wind, the weather patterns and the high and low pressure systems. He seldom misses his window of “hay opportunity”!

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You may wonder why he pulled across the windrow like that.  I stopped to look and I soon found out but I was so busy watching I didn’t get a picture of what happened.  Actually a movie would have been better!  The hill is steeper than it looks on the picture and when he dropped the bale it went rolling like a rubber ball down the hill.  He was placing it just right to roll where it needed to roll and not roll into his tractor and baler, pond or fence.

The neighbor across the fence was not so lucky!

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I know the Bible says, “Those that compare themselves among themselves are not wise”  (II Corinthians 10:12b) but we just couldn’t help but notice the farmer across the fence.  Two different men, two different balers, both seasoned farmers.

A closeup of the difference.

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Sometimes there is trouble in the field.  For some reason the latch on the lift gate did not close properly.  His monitor failed to show it. It wasn’t long before Gene had a bale he could not spit out of the baler.  The wrap will not spin onto the bale if the gate is up. When the wrap is not on, the bale will not come out.  I had gone out to the field at 7 PM on Saturday evening to check on him and this is what I found.

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Gene was trying to pull the hay out but it was not going well. Handful by handful on a tightly rolled bale is not good!!!  It was time to quit for the night.  This morning he was up and out early with a solution to his problem.  He took a solid fiberglass pole-probably 1-2 inch diameter and he sharpened one end to a point  and drove it through the bale. He then hooked chains to it-one on each side and pulled it out with the tractor.  We do not normally farm on Sundays but with last evenings foulup he went back to the hayfield after church and finished baling the hay. It is calling for rain tomorrow.

 (Note: This morning, Monday, we woke up to a nice drizzly rain.  We knew he had made the right decision. Hay that is already raked into a windrow is very difficult to work with and save if it gets rained on. If it is freshly cut you can usually salvage it.)

If you look around, the hay field can be a good place to take pictures.

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Buzzards love to peer over a freshly mowed field as there is often a rabbit, rat, or turkey that didn’t survive the mowing for them to eat.

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The neighbor’s tractor and rake.

Back at home sitting on my deck and drinking a cup of coffee I found some other critters to photograph.

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I had to take pictures of my flowers.

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The Dogwood Tree

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Hollyhocks

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The bees look the flowers.

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I love Daisies and used them as my main flower for my wedding 41 years ago.

I’m not sure if a garden is work or fun.  I guess it is really a mix of the two.  I love to garden and sometimes it is a challenge to keep up with. This year I am having a hard time with my lima beans. I planted, went back and filled in the gaps and today hoed up the 3 rows and replanted- again. I am not getting a stand!

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Last week I mowed off my strawberries. They are already sending out runners and really starting to fill back in. Now is the time to make sure ALL the weeds are removed because you can see them.!

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The squash bore is a terrible nuisance.  I started with 4 plants and am done to 2 with this one looking like it is on the way out. I haven’t even had any squash to eat yet. I have kept it dusted-until last night’s rain washed it off. I have not found any good, “bore-proof” solutions. It is frustrating as we love squash.  Any suggestions?  I have an idea I am going to do this evening. Stay posted!!!

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Pole Blue Lake Beans

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Burpless and Pickling Cucmbers-and we are eating!

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Incredible sweet corn pushing tassle and my Blue Lake bush beans.  It wouldn’t be long on the beans. I saw some little beans hanging on!

And so you see, June is simply delightful.

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