It’s been an exciting week here at Mellor Ranch, i.e. hay cutting week. This time John was able to do it himself with his new farm equipment. Mind you, that requires three heavy duty attachments for the tractor – the swather, rake, and baler. (I’m just learning about this whole new world of tractor attachments too.) I guess our hobby farm is becoming a lot more serious these days. I’m waiting for the day when John quits his real job to become a full-time rancher/farmer. I think this is what gets him through corporate life. Anyway, we wanted to share this initiation process into the hay cutting world. It’s kind of a big deal out here in the country.
It’s a pretty simple process, but the machines are kind of big and scary. First you cut the hay, then the hay has to dry out for 3 – 5 days during which time you pray it doesn’t rain because that can ruin hay, then you bale the hay, and lastly you stack the hay in the barn. Apparently making good hay is primarily about Mother Nature, but the equipment makes it a lot more fun.
I was able to capture all of the hay cutting events with my new camera (which I’m still figuring out). Thanks, John, for such a great surprise birthday present! So yes, there are a lot of pictures but hey, it’s a new camera.
And, that’s a wrap. Until next hay cutting…