Tuesday 12 January 2010

Stardate 27th May – 1st June

The grass was green, the sun shining and dry weather promised for a week so it was time to make the hay.
I then found out what happens when long grass gets wrapped around the PTO

The cleaning kit

And an hour or so later with help from the chickens

Cutting continued followed by the tedding and ….

By the next day it was drying well and didn’t clog the tedder.

Another day of tedding and it was ready to bale.

The next day it was time to start bringing the bales in. I’d had lots of people who had said they would help with the haymaking but, the week of good weather, coincided with the week everyone was unavailable - sod’s law really. So off I set to the field.

The set of steps is essential as I’m too short to get onto the trailer without it. I could only lift the bales as high as the base level of the trailer, so I had to leave a gap at that level to place the bales onto the trailer and to get on and off the trailer. Added to that, the planks on the floor of the trailer are pretty rotten so I had to be really careful not to fall through. It took about 4 days but eventually I got all the bales, 250 or more (I lost count), into the hay loft – and only fell through that floor once.

It was hard work but I had a real sense of achievement at the end; the hay looked and smelt lovely and best of all, the alpacas loved it.

Elderflower Time Again

Stardate 25th May 2009

It was that time of year again; I really like the syrup, it;s great as a cordial, wonderful over ice cream and other puddings, and makes a wonderful kir royal.

Instructions here on previous post.

Help In The Garden

Stardate 18th and 23rd May 2009

It was time to plant the petit pois so I went out to the big veg patch and made the trough for the seeds; I was then joined by Cid and Snowy. As ever, they thought that the best place to lie was in the trough.

Patches on the other hand decided to chill.

Sunrise This Morning

When I went out this morning to let out the chickens I was greeted by this wonderful sky.

The picture really doesn't do it justice, it was much more ethereal and vast; beauty glimpsed for a few seconds before it faded away.