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Friday, August 13, 2010

Hay Fever

Here's a time-out from vacation posts to share some local photos from our July hay hauling expedition...

I love this photogenic round rail zig-zag fence and row of pines that line the road leading into Malone Ranch, where we get our hay...

I probably don't have to tell you that this is the hay field... ;-)

Hauling hay is hot, hard work - but what a beautiful place to be doing it...

Okay, enough ogling the scenery. We've got 3 truckloads (that's 2 1/2 tons) of hay to load! BW demonstrates his stacking method while Willow supervises...

I'm more a drag, lift and prop-against-the-bumper girl than a hoist and stack one...

After propping the bale I walk away... then turn back and glare at it. This ensures it stays put, and is a very effective but little-known technique. ;-)

It always feels good to be done! (Well, almost done - we still have to go home and unload and stack it in the barn!)...

This water canon would be a helluva sprinkler to play in (and don't think I wasn't seriously tempted to do just that!)...

This shady bench under the trees was also tempting. I thought of faking stomach cramps so I could get out of hay duty and just loll about in the shade, but in the end I hauled rather than lolled and contented myself with merely photographing the bench. Gee, I'm a such good scout. :-)

One of my favorite things about our annual hay-hauling at Malone's is getting to love on the sweet goats who live there. I just adore goats! (Of course I do, I'm a Capricorn! Goats are mah peeps!) :-)

And that's "the end" of another year's hay hauling...

(Baaaaad joke, I know). ;-)

Miss Willow and I are off to northern Montana for a few days to visit my mom, so vacation posts will resume later next week (or as soon as possible thereafter. Blogging time's been in short supply this month!) Have a lucky Friday the 13th and a great weekend!


  1. I'm sure that both of you slept well that night after all of that hard work! It is beautiful scenery, and the goat is just adorable.

    Have a great, safe trip! xoxo

  2. What beautiful country. You must have worked up quite an appetite too. That is A LOT of hay....good work keeping those bales in line! I'm sure they knew not to mess about with your stern glances.

    I would have been totally in for the water canon, though you probably couldn't just go running willy nilly across someones fields...or could you?

    Nice photo of the bench, who is just screaming "Loll on me!"

    And the goat is too cute for words, and an added bonus that you could convene with fellow Capricorns.

    Thanks for the gorgeous shots and a taste of what hauling hay is like.

    Safe trip to're probably already there have fun with your mom and safe journey home again.

    That is such a cute photo of you sitting on top of the bales.

  3. Molly - I can't remember, but I'm sure we did sleep well that night! :-) Isn't that goat a cutie? I was invited to visit the goats any time I'd like - I don't usually take that route home, and even when I do the goats aren't always out in the pasture where I can see them, but I intend to take them up on their offer one day!

    I had a good visit, but drove through torrential rain on the way up, and some of those roads aren't very safe in the best weather! There was also a lot more traffic than I'd ever seen. The roads between Roundup and Chinook, MT are usually virtually deserted - they're in the back of beyond, after all - but there were a ridiculous number of vehicles of all kinds, in both directions! What's up with that?!

    Rose - LOL - I always have a good appetite, so it's hard to know if hauling hay worked up one or not! :-) And yes, my stern glances seem to work much better on wayward haybales than on my dogs, or people for that matter. ;-)

    Running willy-nilly across someone's fields to play in their water canon spray would probably be permissible, though it would be seen as nutso. That's never stopped us though, has it?

    And yes, that's a bench totally made for lolling! (Wouldn't "Lollygag Cottage" be a cute name for a tranquil little house? I envision a hammock suspended between two big trees in the front yard, and a covered porch with several old rocking chairs... and a bench in the shade somewhere too, of course!) :-)

    We'll be hauling one more load of hay next month - second cutting alfalfa/grass mix. MUCH heavier bales off a stack on another big ranch owned by one of BW's co-workers. Not nearly as photogenic a place, and nary a goat in sight. So there probably won't be a post from that haul!

    Thank you for your comments! I always enjoy them!


  4. Hey ;-)~. What a nice ranch, and I bet Mochas's a happy camper because of all your hard work!

  5. Spudly - Hey backatcha. ;-) Mocha is a happy camper most of the time anyway, but now he'll be a happy camper with a full belly! :-)

  6. Now that I know running through fields willy nilly is permissable and nutso...I'll probably be doing it more often.

    Lollygag Cottage is a wonderful name. I would love to spend time there!

  7. Rose - Knowing that you will now be running willy-nilly through fields with far more frequency is deeply gratifying. :-)

    And the time not spent running willy-nilly through fields would definitely be well spent lolling at Lollygag Cottage!

  8. I thought you did a nice job putting us in the middle of the task with your photos. Do you really have to go home and back three times? No wonder it's a day you dread. I had imagined that you sort of had it loaded for you and the only work you did was unload it at your house. Wow! See a picture is worth a thousand words because all the days you've been telling me you did that, I imagined it all wrong!! Funny that you love the goats so much. I hadn't made the connection with you being a capricorn. And I did get a good chuckle from your baaaaad joke!!! :-)

  9. AdventureJo - Thanks! I wish I could have put you all in the middle of our task for real - it would have gone a lot faster! LOL

    Yes, it takes three trips. It used to take just one or two when we could use our flatbed trailer, but some of the boards are rotted now so we can't use it. (And of course, we used to have to haul twice as much hay when we also had Rosebud!) I'm glad you understand more fully our hay-hauling experience! You must have thought I was a whiney weenie if you thought all we were doing was unloading hay someone else had loaded for us! :-)

    I've always loved goats. My favorite goat in the whole world is little Lotus, who lives at Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary. She is utterly adorable! It was all I could do not to smuggle her home with me (she's about the size of Josie!) Michele, who runs PPS with her husband, replied to an email from me recently and told me Lotus had just been following her around while she filled all the many water troughs, taking a little sip from each one after Michele had filled it. :-D

  10. Oh, I know you too well to ever think you're a weenie!! I would have been done in just unloading and hauling one load of hay to the barn. It's especially hard when it's those chores you have to do every year. Doing something once is somewhat tolerable but when it's a long hot job that you know you have to do EVERY year, it's harder to do it with enthusiasm. For me, the annual job I hate is adding the mulch to our landscape beds which we skipped for two years running so I'll probably have to order 12 yards of it next year!!

  11. Jo - Boy, do I ever know just what you mean! For me, the two-coat deck staining marathon is the annual chore I detest the most! I'd haul hay TWENTY times if it got me out of staining the deck!

    Mulching doesn't sound like much fun either. I say we just run away and hide at Lollygag Cottage when the time for those chores rolls around next year! ;-)


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