Making hay whilst the sun shines

That’s what they say so that’s what we did.

I’d guess a couple of acres, possibly a bit more, of grass cut by tractor on Saturday the 30th. And just like when lighting the BBQ or forgetting your umbrella it decided to rain, despite a clear 10 day weather forecast.

This changed our schedule a little and the hay had to be left to dry until Monday when we turned it all by hand, an all day job, as our neighbour with the tractor was working his 24 hour shift at the garage.

No sooner had we finished then another storm crept in, dropped a few more buckets of water on the hay and moved on.

Thankfully we have had temperatures close to 30c (86f) most of the week and Kazek turned up a couple of times a day with tractor and hay turning machine thingy, and so on Wednesday we piled the first nine stacks. No bales here, just odd shaped domes of fresh, sweet smelling hay. Apparently the way the hay is stacked varies from region to region, with that in mind I think I have invented a new way, although I doubt it’s a style that will catch on.

We will be putting it in the barn today along with the hay from the bottom fields that we have left in windrows as the weather stayed fine. We probably have have twice as much as we need for the Sunday and Monday (the goats) but then who knows what else will be eating it come the winter.

A rare appearance from me next to the last and smallest stack of the day. I could never have done it without Malina!
Look daddy, look what’s happened to that nice hay stack.

Author: Eddy Winko

Left the rat race to live a less hectic and harmful life. From the building of a straw bale house to the composting toilet diaries; read my blog

14 thoughts on “Making hay whilst the sun shines”

    1. When we took them down yesterday the stacks on frames had dried slightly better than those based on my ‘three bundle base’ idea, but as Malina was keen to spread them out they aired out in no time 🙂 A very rewarding job made easy with the many hands of family.

      1. For a few years we kept our own hay, from the field, I adored its scent; although on such a small scale the process of getting it properly dry and safely stored was stressful.

  1. Good to see you haymaking in the sunshine. In fact, good to see you at all!
    As you say, a rare appearance on your own blog.
    Other than the clothes, it could be a scene from Thomas Hardy’s time; very retro mate.
    Best wishes, and love to all in Poland. Pete.

    1. A salve to the land, not to fashion! Everything from the second hand shop, not more than 25p for anything, except the Tilly Hat which I think Gosia paid 5 zloty for (less than a pound) Just taking a break and a beer, hot work today but the family is here and we are making good progress, half way there!

      1. It was meant as a tribute to the unchanging nature of living on the land Eddy. In the fact you were doing most of the work manually, and standing with your daughter, holding a pitchfork, next to the finished stack. It reminded me of photos from the 1860s, hence ‘other than the clothes’.
        It was a compliment, not a pop about your attire!
        Check out these images.
        Cheers mate, Pete.

  2. As to hay stacking method. Have U placed the hay around a fishbone shaped timber sticks?
    (There is a polish word for it but…seems my mind is getting old and i cant recall it)

    Hay round bales (contrary to the rectangular straw one ) are starting to invade our landscape too,
    The surge is spreading from south west..

    1. The diary farm next door has just moved to round bails, although he still does a few square with his retro square bailer, he did the bails for our house!
      He let us use his old wooden A-frames for our haystacks, well the first seven at least then we ran out! Half in the barn already, should be done today if we have space 🙂

      1. Gosh!
        Once I had a pleasure of giving hand with removal of hay from an attic above a barn (it got wet ’cause of a leaking roof).
        it is not a job for a “city boy”. I could feel every string of my muscles.
        btw. could u ask Ur diary farm neighbour how much less milk cows give during winter time.

      2. From what I know it depends on when it calves, so as long as you get your girls pregnant at different times of the year you can keep a steady flow going . But next time we see him we will ask if they drop off in the winter.

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