Peevish Pen

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Location: Rural Virginia, United States

I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories, and several Kindle ebooks.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Hay Days

Hay is down all over this part of the county. Our fifty acres, which will be cut in the next couple of days, look great.

Yesterday's rain doused a bunch of fields with cut hay on the ground, but the afternoon winds helped dry it out. If it rains on green hay, not much problem. If it rains on hay that is curing, big problem.

Making hay is a gamble. Last year's drought meant we—and others—lost our investment in fertilizer and lime. Even though we could use more rain now, a week of hot dry weather is perfect for making hay.

Our neighbor cuts hay just beyond our property line.
The large round bales are ours, left from last spring's cutting.

Hay has to be cut, raked and turned again and allowed to dry before it can be baled. It takes a couple of days to do this. If the days are dry, the hay should cure nicely.

As I write this post, I can hear the sound of a tractor nearby. It's a sound that'll be heard all over the county during the next few days.

I hope it stays dry for the next several days.


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Blogger CountryDew said...

We have four fields of hay down. It is really hard on my allergies!

3:52 PM  
Blogger Amy Hanek said...

It should stay dry the rest of the week. Better you than me...

8:34 PM  
Blogger Debi Kelly Van Cleave said...

Funny, I also just took pictures of my neighbor's tractor doing the hay in the field. That's such a pretty sight.

10:26 PM  

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