I’m much more involved with getting hay than I used to be. I plan it, organize it, man it, drive the truck, and even help unload. I don’t stack hay on the truck, and I don’t stack in the barn. That’s some heavy lifting. But I was up and down and in and out of three different trucks and a trailer yesterday unloading onto the hay elevator. When we arrived at the hay barn (the big hay barn, where I buy hay, not talking about my barn in this instance), I was walking around taking pictures as usual. I love that old barn. The hay man is used to me. I’ve been taking photographs of his barn for a couple of years now. Adam, one of my hired men, told him, “We call her picture woman.” But when we got back to my farm to unload, except when I took time out to take pictures and video, I was in there on top of the hay unloading down to Burgundy, one of my neighbor teenagers who was waiting for us back at my farm. I think when you hire people to help you put up hay, they respect you more if you get in there with them and work.
Hauling hay, I had Adam and Robbie with me, plus two of Adam’s little boys. They each drove a truck and they had a trailer, too. I drove my truck, and it’s the first time I’ve driven a truck with hay loaded. I was real proud I didn’t lose any getting home the first trip. We don’t have to talk about the second trip, except that man who stopped to help me pull the bales out of the road was very kind. And Adam and Robbie didn’t even laugh that hard when they came up on me.
Here are a few of my favorite photos from the big hay barn, because I can’t help myself, and back at my barn.
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And here’s a video if you want a taste of what a day gettin’ hay is like, plus there are some pretty funny conversations in there if you listen up. Hay is hard work, but it’s satisfying. If you’ve got some entertaining people with you, it’s kinda fun, too–and Adam and Robbie are one entertaining pair. I’d put my camera back at the house by the time the little kids started riding the hay elevator up and down, but everyone had a bit of fun at the end. I wish I had a picture of Adam riding up to the loft on the elevator! (I haven’t tried it. Yet. Maybe next time!)
I got 323 bales. The new hay elevator was fantastic. I’ve probably got room in the loft for upwards of 150 more, plus room for 150-200 more in a couple other places I’ve got set aside for hay on the first floor of the barn. I’m shooting for a minimum 600 total to get set for winter. Yesterday was the first day of summer and I made it more than halfway!