Yes, they say, "Make hay while the sun shines" for a reason. You need a sunny, dry day to cut the grasses. Then you need a sunny, dry day for the cut grasses to dry. Then you need a sunny, dry day to bale everything, load up the bales and get them home to the dry barn. So that's three to four sunny, dry days in a row. And that's what we haven't gotten in nearly a month. It was two sunny days, then rain. Two and a half sunny days even, then more rain. Rain is great, don't get me wrong, but if we could've had clear, dry weather just for three days in a row somewhere?... We were getting worried because Frank had a gentleman's agreement with a local guy to fill his barn and storage trailer by working together, then they would fill our barn and hoop house. And up until last night, our barn was empty... (although, he did give us one days' worth of hay early on as "a taste". He's a good, honest guy).
Maddrey checked the weather reports daily and sometimes twice a day, because the weather in Maine can change quickly. Several days of clear weather would be predicted one day, then later that day the weather service would predict rain. And rain is what we got.
But finally, thank you, we got good, solid, sunny and dry days. Which means Frank has been up early to get farm chores done and Josie milked, then out in the field till well past dark.
Two trucks with full beds pulling trailers piled high with bales came home late night and we unloaded one truck until close to midnight. Then back up early this morning to unload truck and trailer #2. Then it was back to the field for Frank.
Of course, this is also the weekend of the Common Ground Fair, which we look forward to. All year... But haying comes first because it means we can feed our horses through the winter.
And yes, this old girl was toting bales of hay from truck to barn. I can manage one bale at a time, while Maddrey and Frank easily tote two bales. And Frank can toss them way up for stacking.
But thank you to the heavens for bringing us this perfect weather, and for Charlie, who is the other half of the operation. And thank you to our friend Skybo, who happened to hear we were unloading and came over to help. THAT is a friend!
Looking at a barn full of hay is a great comfort. And that's life on the farm today.