It’s been a little over two weeks since we put up our second cutting of hay. What started out as a beautiful Wednesday afternoon to bale hay turned into a visit to the ER. With my “I can do that” attitude, I tried to move the hay elevator closer to the barn loft. The crank is a manual gear and some how my left hand got hit/caught in the crank or gear; it all happened so fast that all I remember is the excruciating pain and blood. In the ER, I was teasing that I needed to update my tetanus shot but this is definitely not the way I wanted it to happen. My injury is mostly to my ring finger; it is a crush injury with fracture. I am only able to look at finger now; maybe I will look at the ER photos at a later date. Thankfully, I had on my gloves. I checked them later to see only a small cut in them; my injury would have been worse without them.
Since the chores need to go on, my sweet husband finished baling and hauling the hay by himself. I watched from the sidelines. Our second cutting yielded 200 bales.
Next cutting, I promise to “respect the hay elevator” as my husband is always telling me…..
Our farm sign is now posted. Thanks to the wonderful work of Wilevi from Solitude Valley in Oregon. The sign is made from bark on Douglas fir. Just beautiful!
Wind and Wool Farm Sign
Every day we thought about cutting hay it would rain or storm. The barn needed a few more finishing touches. It was a race against time! The barn was finished on Wednesday. Finally, we were able to cut and bale our hay this past weekend. Besides having to replace the clutch on the baler, that included a ride to Messick’s in Elizabethtown, PA, the day went off without a hitch. Thanks to the great efforts of our neighbors who volunteered to help us. Now, we definitely need a hay elevator!
The barn is almost done but I wanted to share a few snap shots of the process. It’s the future home to farm equipment that now decorates our property.
Move over Shaun the Sheep, there’s a new star or rather a flock of stars in town……Making sheep history is a flock of Dorset and Romanov sheep from a northeast farm in Pennsylvania. The sheep have the starring role in De Materie, an opera by Louis Andriessen, being performed at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. They are part of a dream sequence in which a white blimp floats overhead as the sheep move around.
For more fascinating details, see the article Excellent Sheep in the March 25th New Yorker.
We were very nervous about our first shearing day. Thankfully, everything went well. Kristen Rosser did a great job! And a special thank you to Mother Nature who gave us a chilly day rather than a wet, snowy day as first predicted.
The chickens are ready for spring! It’s been interesting lately. Poor Pearl has been molting, Rita has gone broody and Bo thinks she is an Australorp. She has plucked her chest to go broody and following Pearl has lost some feathers to molt. The other day we let the chickens go beyond their fenced area and they thought it was spring already. What little green grass was there, they were excited to munch on it. Here’s hoping for warmer days and a bumper crop of clover!