Monday, June 27, 2016

Finishing Up Second Cutting...

It's all baled...finally!

It was a good drying weekend, but rain was forecast for this afternoon.  So Jim headed to the field right after breakfast this morning and raked up the last two fields of second cutting alfalfa.  He began baling late morning, and finished up with four big loads, just as the drizzling started.  There were a few bales that wouldn't fit on the last wagon, so he dropped them on the ground. Jenna and my cousin picked them up, stacked them on a neighbor's empty wagon, and unloaded them at the other farm.

All the full wagons were backed into the barn to stay dry until after milking tonight.  Jim, Eric and my cousin unloaded two of them...


The mow is getting full!  Some years we can hardly get dry hay, so we're glad for every load that is put in the mow!  Balage is nice, but dry hay is the best!


Tomorrow the other two loads will get unloaded, and next Jim will bale the spring seeding.

It never ends!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Friday's Hunt...#26!...

When I decided to join with Teresa at Eden Hills for Friday's Hunt each week, I didn't expect the time to go by so fast...here we are at week 26 already!  I missed two weeks, but tried to catch up with at least a photo for the letter from the week when I did my next post.

Here we go with "the letter Z"...

This is the inside of one of the big doors upstairs in the barn. Can you see the Z? You can see that some repairs have been done to the door, and only the outside's been painted...


"Week's favorite"...

My purple cone flowers opened this week!  I moved them to the bed close to the house last summer when I got rid of my big perennial bed, and they have grown in leaps and bounds!  They're probably three feet high, and look so much healthier and happier than they did ever before.  Maybe it's that compost I added to the soil?  I have a lot of favorite flowers, and this is definitely one of them...





"Today"...

This prompt is wide open!

This is looking west over the fields here at home today, from up on the barn hill.  The corn and beans were planted on May 26th and 27th.  They came up quickly, and with the rains we've had lately, they should continue growing well. There's a line of white ag bags out along the water way on the left side of the picture.  Some are first cutting alfalfa and some are rye grass...



I also tried something new today...

Home made pesto, with basil from the garden...


I've been wanting to try it, and finally got around to it.  I usually plant basil in pots on the porch, but this time I had an extra plant that I put in the garden. Apparently it's happier there, and has grown huge in a short amount of time...much bigger than the ones on my porch!

I hope you've enjoyed the Friday's Hunt posts.  It's been fun to participate!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Unusual Sky...

Last night, this happened...


It was unusual enough that I just had to show you!

Last night after milking, I was outside when I began to hear rain coming across the fields.  I looked up to see blue sky above the barn, beautiful clouds just to the south of it, and rain in the garden, only a few hundred feet away.

Unusual, and too pretty not to share!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Friday's Hunt...

This week for Friday's Hunt, the prompts are...

Starts with "Y"...

Last night I found this yellow sunflower blooming in my garden...the first of the summer...


Next is "in my shoes"...

In my shoes, are tired, achy feet.  I feel like an old lady...but maybe if I keep my toenails painted they'll feel young again.  ??  I bought a pair of Oofos...highly recommend sandals with great arch support, and they do help. Staying off my feet would also help.  Hmmmm....


Last is "Week's favorite"...

I chose a series of pictures of Peanut, our cat matriarch.  She's responsible for every cat on the farm, and she's proud of it!  Last evening at dusk she was sitting at the edge of the garden.  She has such an intent look on her face...


She didn't sit still for long when she saw me...


...and then she had to show off a bit...



Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Baling Barley Straw 2016...

Well...now that's done!

After the barley was combined on Monday evening, Jim had the task ahead of baling all that straw.

Here's the field the morning after harvest. The combine left long windrows of straw, which I think make a beautiful picture!


The grain was dry, but the straw still had a little green tint to it and was a little too damp for baling, so just after morning milking, Jim spread out the windrows with a tedder and let the strong breeze and sunshine do it's work...


Just after lunchtime...(oh the drying power of a strong breeze!)...the straw was fit and ready to bale.  He raked it back up into windrows and started filling wagons...


Eric took off work early and came home to help with the unloading, and we were able to round up some other guys as well.  While Jenna and I milked, Jim baled and the guys kept the wagons emptied.

This morning, Jenna and my nephew swept the "crumbs" off the empty wagons back into the field, and Jim finished up baling.  I think the total was just over ten loads.  The barn is full and an Amish neighbor bought part of a load.  (here's an interesting tidbit of information...the Amish don't grow barley or wheat, which is where straw comes from, because it's harvested using combines, which they don't have!)  It makes a great bedding for their horses.

It feels so good to have that job finished!  Now it's time to spread manure on the empty field before planting with soybeans and late corn.


Monday, June 13, 2016

It Must Be June...

Another week has started with a bang.

Second cutting of hay is under way already.  Jim mowed on Saturday and baled this evening.  Yesterday was windy (so windy in fact, that when we came home from Church, the 2000 piece puzzle that I had half finished had blown off the table and onto the floor!!) and today was beautiful...low humidity, sunny and breezy.  Perfect hay drying weather.

See the leaves on this hay bale?  That's beautiful hay...


The cows are eagerly awaiting the "crumbs" from the wagon after it's unloaded.  Jenna swept them into the hay rack in the meadow.  It was getting close to dark, and I like how the cows' eyes are glowing...


Some of them just couldn't wait, and snuck around to the back side of the wagon.  I couldn't get a picture without their heads getting blurry.  They just wouldn't hold still!


After the hay was unloaded, we got a call that the combine was on it's way to the barley field.  The combine outlined against the western sky was truly beautiful. If only I had the right kind of camera.  As it goes, you get to see the edge of the field and the specks of light in the center of the picture just above the barley are the lights from the combine...


I parked along the edge of the road and tried to get a few pictures as he came past...




This is in the field behind him...you can see the straw being spit out the back of the combine into two windrows...


The next step will be baling straw.  Maybe tomorrow?  It should make lots of bales!

(The grain yield was great...roughly 100 bushels per acre!)

As for those kids who wanted to party in the barley field last Saturday night...we found their whiskey bottle.  But no...wait...they hadn't been in the field!!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Friday's Hunt...

What a week it's been!

We've had some of the most beautiful weather of the summer this week...several days of temps in the 70's with very low humidity and a nice breeze all day long!  So very unusual for this area this time of year, and I wish I could have captured it to save for later.  Today felt much more like typical June weather...hot and muggy, with threatening thunderstorms.

I'm linking up again with Teresa at Eden Hills, for Friday's Hunt.

This week's prompts are...

"Week's favorite"...

Do you remember this bird's nest that was in my hanging baskets? Now the eggs have hatched in both baskets, and we have nine baby House Finches!  I hear the parents outside my kitchen window all day long.  The dads perch on the chains to the hanging baskets, keeping watch for any movement near the porch door.  As soon as they see us, off they fly...


"Starts with X"...

I chose the uneXpected this week.

We have a strip of stones beside our porch, and the weeds have to be kept after.  This spring, however, I saw something growing that looked suspiciously like Petunias. I left them grow, and a few days ago this opened! I haven't planted white petunias in years, so it's a mystery to me where they came from!


Another uneXpected surprise was this, when I walked into the house tonight...


Caught in the middle of a big yawn...Murphy does NOT belong in the house. The kids had some fun with her on this very hot, muggy day, so we took a few pictures and sent her back outside where she's I'm MUCH happier.

The last prompt is "Wet...or Water"...

It's been a dry week, so I don't have any rain pictures to show you...and the storms that are predicted for tonight haven't come yet...so I'll show you what happens when you turn on the hose and wash down the walls of the house with water...which is what I spent an hour or so doing yesterday morning...


Everything feels so fresh and clean again!  This part of the house faces west and south, and when the wind blows, the dust collects on the siding, and after while it gets...just yucky. I took the hose and a scrub brush with soapy water, and cleaned it thoroughly.  What a good feeling it is.  It might only stay this clean for a short time, but...


I hope you have a great rest of your weekend!