Hay There

It is summertime, you know. A brand new summer just began June 21st. Yay, baby summer! Yay Baby, summer!

“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

Henry James

Henry James was not a farmer. (Was he? No, I don’t think so.)

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  1. Cindy says:

    We have a new hay farm too! Learning too! Hay! We move water! Had to buy wheel lines and the whole kitten ka boodle! Did I spell that right! We also have friends helping us with all the equipment! What fun ! And very HARD work indeed! We are having our hay certified! Better quality!love my farm too! Ours will be going to our horses! Just built the barn! Have a horse I mind already! A beautiful paint named Annie! See ya!Yeeeeehaw! Cindy oh! How did you guys water?

  2. Dori Troutman says:


    Good on your for buying your own hay equipment. We have yet to get to that point because we have such an awesome arrangement with our neighbor. Yes, just like one of your awesome neighbors! 🙂

    Great minds think alike: http://www.farmgirlbloggers.com/6574 🙂


    – Dori, the Ranch Farmgirl –

  3. ann says:

    Loved your post — our fields were just recently cut and yielded 46 rolls of “the best hay I’ve ever seen” — that comment from one who knows hay really well and was absolutely thrilled with the yield. That’s the most we’ve ever gotten, next highest being 37 or so. And the fields look so beautiful…such joy! 🙂

  4. Cindy says:

    Oh! The video is hilarious! She doesn’t even seem to be breaking a sweat! Really! Omg! Can you imagine getting out there with our hubby’s and doing that! I don’t think so! I would be passed out after the first row! Ha! Later gater! Cindy

  5. Denise Ross says:

    What fabulous people live in your community. :). Team efforts always are the best. And I’m glad you chose to do your own haying this year. How cool are you guys, trying new things and whatever age and stage you’re at, you’re not afraid to live your dream.

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  7. Diane Van Horn says:

    I don’t think you can be called the “City Farmgirl” anymore!

  8. Rosemary says:

    Rebekah, you are so funny with your wording…I so love to read your posts! You are such a good writer…we feel like we are right there with you experiencing all this…it sounds like you truly do live in a wonderful place indeed…blessings to you! 🙂

  9. Dorothy says:

    We are always amazed at how the farming community pulls together. Some of the greatest people in the world. Not afraid of hard work or helping others.

  10. bonnie ellis says:

    Wow, I remember those hot days of haying. But I no longer need to do that and today Minnesota is in the 70s. A real dream. I love your posts. I will sit on this summer afternoon and think of you with hay in the barn. Neighbors are awesome.

  11. Joan says:

    I recognize the video work being done – did some when I was young – had a smaller field, than the big field, that the equipment couldn’t get to easily – so out we went, glad you and others don’t have to do it that way but jeepers it was kind of fun and very rewarding. So glad to see you are putting your land to good use. Thanks for sharing. God bless. P.S. we’re hot too and had at least 10 tornadoes in the area along with lots of flooding – BEAUTIFUL so far today.

  12. Rachann says:

    I love the smell of hay! I grew up on a large indiana farm and them moved to maryland…..I still miss the smell of hay. Check out the biceps on those gals….no gym time for them!

  13. Mary Rauch says:

    You are a true Alice-in-Wonderland living the joy of the most wonderful sounding neighbors I could ever imagine. Makes your faith in mankind restored. That picture with the horse-drawn wagon and the tractor both in the same scene is just too precious.
    I am very sad to hear about your shingles. I would not wish that on anyone. Prayers you will heal swiftly.

  14. Amanda says:

    I love that making hay where you live doesn’t seem like so much of a chore. It seems really enjoyable there! Here in the Mid-Atlantic, we’ve been waiting to put up hay. And waiting… and waiting… I’ve heard rain in May is a full barn of hay, but no one said anything about more rain in June! Just this past week we finally had three straight days of no rain so we all HUSTLED to do what we could!! And, now it’s raining AGAIN! All the men do the fieldwork with big equipment when it comes to making hay. But, when the wagons get to the barn, it’s all girl power from there(except for my husband, because he’s the biggest brute around!). The hay unloaders are his aunt, three of his female cousins and our oldest daughter. His cousins are teenagers and our daughter is nine.They are all athletes so this is conditioning over the summer for the fall sports season. Our daughter is a competitive gymnast, so she puts in four hours of training in the morning and then helps unload. She says unloading is easier!! I only help out when they are shorthanded. I’m on the smaller side and hay bales and I tend to weight close to the same amount. Go ahead, call me a wuss, it’s ok! I’m better at keeping the unloaders fed and hydrated! And, not to freak you out, but last year we had so many snakes in the bales and found them when we were unloading!! Just a heads up! Anyway, I love the views you have at your farm, and I wish you perfect hay-making weather!

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