Tuesday Newsday


We decided to bale this mowing of the pasture.  It was so lush and thick with all the rain we’ve had and not too many animals grazing it.

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There is a lot that needs to come together for baling and it is hard to plan it precisely.  The weather needs to be perfect of course ~ hot, dry, low humidity, a nice breeze, the animals’ approval …

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Since we don’t have our own haying equipment, our hay’s timing needs to match up with our hay man’s schedule.  Our hay man is my brother-in-law-that-treats-me-like-a-sister.  He works a full-time job in addition to having his own farm.  Luckily, thankfully, he worked us in Saturday evening.

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Saturday evening is not the greatest time to pull together a hay crew of strong, young men, though.  So, Pig-farmer got my sister and me – HA!


Please give us mercy – that picture was taken after we were finished!

My youngest son, Dakota, was able to delay his evening plans and did a lion’s share of the heavy work with Pig-farmer.  We were SO grateful!

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Baling with family is a special time, I have to say.


Dakota had the hardest job of throwing the bales up to Pig-farmer to stack.  That’s why he is “wearing” so much hay chaff!

After all was said and done, our small pasture netted us 171 bales!  We were well-pleased and thankful for our help.


For today, friends, make hay while the sun shines!

About Marla Rose

This blog documents our farm life in central Illinois with photographs, experiences, and a dash of cooking. Pour a cup of coffee and enjoy sharing part of our lives!
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21 Responses to Tuesday Newsday

  1. Becky Pruemer says:

    Ahhhh….that is so sweet. And….Nick does think of you as a sister!!


    Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:13:26 +0000 To: beckypruemer@hotmail.com

  2. scifihammy says:

    An interesting look into a farmer’s life. Thank you 🙂

  3. Becky S. says:

    This is wonderful Marla! Hard work really does bring a family closer! And…if Dakota grew a mustache, he would look like his Uncle Nick!

  4. Southernruralroute.wordpress.com says:

    Um, why do you need the animals’ approval to bale the hay?

  5. dayphoto says:

    Boy, does this look familiar! We are still doing hay here!


  6. Kim says:

    Ladies, you both look beautiful!! Working together with family, for family, that is a beauty all its own. You have a beautiful family. Thank you for sharing. 😉

  7. debweeks says:

    You could have always taken care of your hay like this woman did http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIVAlV8YVF0 🙂

    • That was interesting! She was barefoot … imagine what her feet look like. It reminded me of when we were showing cattle and cleaning out the barn stalls after a fair. We would get all the straw and hay in piles and several of us would push it to the end of the barn in that manner.

  8. cecilia says:

    It is one of the most satisfying days of the summer, getting bales of hay into the barn. I have no family here so am often left to load the hay in by myself but my hay man bless him, bales straight to the trailer.. lucky for me!. Aren’t we having a great pasture year!.. c

    • I don’t know how you do it! Yes, the pasture and hay are doing so well. Maybe Mother’s Nature tip o’ the hat after the dreadful winter?

      • cecilia says:

        My terror is that is is a fore-runner to another dreadful winter, historically they seem to come in twos in this part of the country, I am getting in as much firewood and hay as i can. It won’t catch me unprepared this time. Though two of my fingers are still bent with swollen joints from that winter, maybe I should get some better gloves as well. c

  9. pattisj says:

    Looks like a good year and ready at the right time. God bless those extra hands!

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