Our Farm at Sunset – Wordless Wednesday

LoonyAcres at Sunset-edit

This is a photo of our farm at sunset when we got the hay field cut. The hay is all baled and stored except for the few bales that got rained on. We got pretty close to 600 bales of hay for our first cutting and that was just our share. We split it 50-50 with the farmer who cut, raked and baled it for us. No exchange of money, which we liked. Some hay guys will charge you a certain amount on top of each bale, even if they are getting 50 percent of the bales.

It was very hard to find someone to do our hay. Someone who said what they meant and meant what they said. Mr. L. came out to our farm to look at the hay field the same day we called him. He cared if the hay got wet or not, though we didn’t miss the rain altogether due to the amount of time it took for the hay to dry with the thicker weeds. :( We had a few hay guys give us the run around, didn’t come out when they said they would etc. We are very thankful to Mr. L. for doing our hay for us.

It was a lot of work to get the hay unloaded and into the barn. Our children now say they hate hay! lol! We kept asking them what are you going to do if we get another cutting? What are you going to do if we get three cuttings next year? Though some say three cuttings is rare, especially if you don’t have your own equipment, which we obviously do not.

Now that the hay is in we have fencing to work on. Thankfully it is suppose to be nice all week and not too too hot. 70’s and 80’s slowly moving back up to the 90’s again.

P.S. By way of a wee update….Mr. L. picked up his last two wagons today and told us he had to bring in someone to fix his baler but he wasn’t accusatory like it was our fault or anything. The guy that planted our field refused to hay it, #1 he was backed up with other haying jobs but #2 he said it was all weeds and there were too many rocks in the field. When we told Mr. L. this he was matter of fact, “Hay fields have rocks….” We feel bad his baler broke but blessed he didn’t blame us/our hay field.

He also told us our pasture grass is coming back nicely and we can probably look at a second cutting mid to late October! Hoorah! The kids are going to love us! ;)

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24 comments

  1. Mellisa says:

    That is such a beautiful picture.

  2. Marcie W. says:

    What a great photo! You must have a blast with all that land.

  3. I never thought about the logistics of it all. I’m glad you found someone on the up and up!

  4. So am I, Liz. Mr. L. just came for his last two hay wagons today so we were able to ask him what he though about a second cutting and he said the pasture grass is coming back really well and we should get another cutting mid-late October.

    I’m off to hand spray our natural fertilizer (seaweed basically) this afternoon. Should be interesting hand spraying 12 acres! ha! Thankfully we have two backpack sprayers so I am hoping someone else volunteers to help me…….we’ll see how far we get.

  5. Marcie, we are having a blast. It is a lot of fun if everyone can just get use to the workload….. (wry smile)

    Thanks, Mellisa. I thought so too. Our oldest son actually took this photo. I thought he did really well.

  6. Kira says:

    Nice shot of the beautiful sky.

  7. Donna says:

    How gorgeous! We have a little over 2 acres, so I couldn’t imagine taking care of a big farm. Shew… but I bet it has a lot of rewards! :)

  8. Henrietta says:

    Such a beautiful place you have there! I love that you worked out a trade with your hay, that is so cool!

  9. Wow, how gorgeous! Like a fire in the sky!

  10. Jenn says:

    Gorgeous! Gives new meaning to the saying “make hay while the sun shines.”

  11. Jenn, I haven’t heard that saying in a long time but you are right, it makes sense.

  12. Angela says:

    That is a gorgeous shot! I’m sure a lot of work but probably worth every bit of it.

  13. Wow, absolutely gorgeous. I bet it’s amazing to live on a piece of land like that.

  14. courtney says:

    What a beautiful picture – must be even more lovely in person!

  15. LyndaS says:

    What a nice, serene picture. I hope that you have a lot of success farming.

  16. Lolo says:

    So beautiful! I love all that land!

  17. Shell Feis says:

    What a beautiful photo! &That is a LOT of hay! I wish we lived in the country & had all that space.

  18. Toni says:

    That is beautiful!!

  19. Kathleen says:

    Yay for finding Mr. L. I don’t blame your kids. When I was younger, my dad had us make actually haystacks, not bales, and it was so much work!

  20. Amber K says:

    What a gorgeous view, I’m totally jealous

  21. A truly gorgeous shot. It looks like it should be a painting.

  22. It is always nice to find someone who has good business sense and follow through with what they say.

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