The Farm

On the farm…

Because all the hay looks like this…

We got to go do this…

 

and this…

 

and a little of this…

 

Oh, and we got to go do this too….

 

 Dinosaurs (or monsters or dragons, they all are the same thing) at the Calgary Zoo…my girlie LOVES them!!

So that was last week! We had a lot of fun as a family and it was a great vacation, but now it’s back to work…time to pull the bulls (bring them home from pasture~their baby making days are over for the year) and get everything ready for harvest!

Love… 

The Farm

This week on the farm…

Ok, this should be titled “The past two weeks on the farm” because I didn’t get my rear in gear and post this earlier. Will you forgive me if I say I was busy?! Do you believe me?

Anyways…

Last week was both slow and busy around here. With rain just about every day, haying slowed down to a crawl. And since haying was on again/off again, my husband kept busy with the 100’s of other projects that pile up when we aren’t looking. (Changing oil, fixing fence, mineral out to cattle,etc.)

*another thunderstorm moving in*

We also got to go into the Calgary Stampede with the kids (on a day that it POURED!) and had a blast. The grounds were empty and no lines for food. Love that! And we all really enjoyed all the indoor activities, lots to look at and do. My daughter’s favorite were the miniature horses and chicks…

 my husband enjoyed visiting with all the friends we ran into and I loved the…wait for it….shopping! In the past I’ve been disappointed with the trade show that the Calgary Stampede hosts. In years past all there seemed to be were Sham-wows or food processors. Not my idea of fun shopping. But this year, was by far the best I have ever been to. There were numerous western wear booths and home decor ideas. Yay!

A couple of days last week the hay was a little closer to dry (the hay has to be dry or else it rots inside the bales once they are stacked), so we were able to get out and do a few rounds….the next picture is of square baling. We don’t make a lot of these as they are too little to feed the number of cattle we have, we would have to use A LOT everyday. We mostly make large round bales as this way more hay per bale = less trips out to feed cattle. The square bales that we do make we keep for just in case situations…cows calving in the barn or for the horses if they stay in the barn for whatever reason.

And then, thankfully, this week has been a little more sunny, so we got out to do a little more baling…this time with the round baler.

 Have a great day!

Love…

The Farm

This week on the farm…

This week the world-famous Calgary Stampede kicked off…which means Calgary basically shuts down for  10 days and enjoys lots of sun, rodeo and ummm, beverages.

So, around here that means….haying.

Yes, exciting times.

This week my darling husband got the discbine out of the shed, tuned it up and started cutting.

He averages about 100 acres in a day (12-16 hrs) if everything goes smoothly. But, of course, life on the farm never goes smoothly. So 3 days in we have had 2 breakdowns. Minor ones, but still annoying! At this point we have 180 acres down and 200 to go.

Once the hay is cut it needs 3-7 days to cure (dry) in the hot sun, then it’s time to rake (pile two swathes together) and bale.

*that's our farm in the background*

But for now, we are cutting…and praying that the rain stays away till the hay is baled and stacked…

Which around Calgary Stampede time is wishful thinking….has there ever been a stampede that it didn’t rain (or hail)?!

Love…