Grandma and Sydney at Rocky Flats.
You take the "flipper," okay the technical term is "hay inverter." Mmmmh, I didn't know that until Hubby told me the other day, it's much easier to say "grab the flipper" and everyone knows what you're talking about. Anyway... after the hay is cut it lays there for awhile and the underneath doesn't dry out so good. You then "flip" it, wait a bit, and then bale it. Sometimes you flip it a few times, depending on if you are caught in a rain.
You attach the flipper to a tractor. This tractor is called "Little Dougie" after my Hubby's youngest brother, although he's not so "little" anymore, but the tractor has been around for quite awhile.
Pops gives a quick refresher course (less than 5 minutes) and sends you on your way. That's him in front of me flipping with the other flipper. We flipped two different fields so the pics are random from each one. I had to stop only once and pull out a bunch of jammed hay, not fun, from the top and side so one quickly remembers to slightly weave back and forth rather than straddle dead centre while flipping. I find with any kind of haying you are constantly watching behind you no matter what piece of equipment you're running.
The hay is picked up, lifted up to the flipper, then shot sideways and lays over beside you. The picture is a bit blurry because you are constantly ((((shaking))) while moving, and the flipper is tractor driven (no motor on itself) so it doesn't work unless you are moving. This picture was taken over my shoulder.
This is what the field looks like when you're done.
It took the two of us about 3 hours to complete and later that evening we baled until dark.
So far I've made three batches of HuntressD's corn relish, and it's sooo delicious! She left her recipe in my comment section so if you want it you'll find it here. The second time I made it I doubled the recipe and got seven pints. It's a great recipe, very easy and really quick, a great addition to my pantry cupboard! Thanks again to HuntressD!
Yesterday I started canning the peaches I bought and hopefully I'll finish those up today. I can them in pints so they are the perfect size for Sydney to take a bit in her lunch and Jevan will eat up the rest when he gets up. I was interrupted when Pops spotted a chicken way up the driveway and Grandma was so sure it was one of mine, like her chickens never wander... The chicken was never found and when I did my head count last night all mine were nicely tucked in our chicken coop :) Mmmm... must be another neighbour's...??
While everything is running pretty smooth, I was/am not. While coming off of one field after flipping, and heading to another, I spotted a calf in my garden, oh so nicely reefing my pepper plants out! I jumped off the tractor and went running over, determined to get the calf out with minimal damage (to the calf, myself, AND the garden). Things went pretty good, and between me and my dog Blue, the calf begrudgenly (is that a word?) left through the garden gate. Unfortunately I took about three steps and landed in a small hole twisting my ankle on the way down. After laying there flat on my backside for two minutes, saying words I cannot repeat and that would probably make a sailor blush, and darn sure I busted my ankle, I got up, hobbled over to the tractor and went on my way to the next field. It's much better today and as long as I keep moving my ankle feels okay, but I'm blaming all this on Hubby!! I told him last weekend my garden gate needed fixing... just wait 'til he gets home this Friday!
Happy hump day to everyone, the weekend is almost here :)