The Hay is Baled

The boys baled the hay from the waterways over the weekend.

hay pick

baling hay

New Holland hay baler

stacking hay on hayrack

making hay Farmall 666

hay pick

baling hay in waterway

making alfalfa hay

baling hay

It made another ninety-two bales of mostly alfalfa hay.

Second Cutting

Walking in the pasture, I looked at the alfalfa in the waterway.

alfalfa blossoms

alfalfa flowers

Those buds about to spring forth into wide-open blooms can only mean one thing.

mowing alfalfa

cutting alfalfa

It’s time to mow the alfalfa.

tractor in field

It will make about another hundred bales from the waterways and buffer strip.

cut hay


It’s a good thing the alfalfa grows well in dry weather because the grass in the pasture isn’t going to make another cutting.

July at Eden Hills

This is the time of year that things should be at their laziest.  The days are made for basking in the sun and enjoying life.

Litha May Street

Litha May Street

Pebbles Sue Street

Pebbles Sue Street

Of course, this is the time of year that affords time to do a thorough cleaning of the barns.

Sallie Blackboer

Sallie Blackboer

The kids like having the tractor and manure spreader as a kind of personal jungle gym.

goat kid on case tractor

I don’t know why the tire is so comfortable, but there’s always a kid lounging in there.

Squiggy van de Yell

Squiggy van de Yell

Maxine’s calf is also getting big and strong.  The little stinker wouldn’t let me touch him yesterday.  Obviously his mother is teaching him her snooty bovine way.

Firecracker Joe

Firecracker Joe

It’s also the time of year we start thinking about sweet corn.

corn fields

Sadly, we’ll be lucky to have any by September.  That’s our sweet corn in front and then the popcorn.  In the back, is field corn.  Granted it gets taller than my corn, but the weather really put the sweet corn and popcorn behind schedule.  Hopefully, we’ll have a late harvest.

Our recent rain has done wonders for my beans and the alfalfa buffer strip.  My nephew is probably going to bale hay again next week on the buffer strip.


This weekend is also the weekend for my small town’s annual celebration.  The weather is supposed to be picture perfect!

water tower

I’ve been busy canning jams, and I still have a ton of baking to do.

Rhodes Days

July might be a time for the goats to lounge around, but we humans are still busy.

I’m sharing with Alphabe-Thursday where the letter this week is J.  I’m also sharing with Tuesday Muse, Thursday Favorite Things, and Rurality Blog Hop.

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