Week in Review

I'm not sure where the time went this week. Since my return from Cambridge where I gave a talk on dyeing  & color inspiration for the Common Cod Fiber Guild, we've had a stretch of glorious, sunny weather that has brought busy days. So this post is short on words but long on photos, sharing snippets from this week. We're also preparing for our Sheep Shares Ice Tea Social on Saturday.

Lambs' Quarters –
The lambs love their new home in the west barn and the forage on the west side of the farm. They're becoming autonomous, as I transition them off grain and strictly onto pasture. I'll still use grain for bribes when it comes time to change pastures again.

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Hay Days 
Norm, Lisa and Brian made round bales all week, cleaning up all but one little field. It looks like the volume was high, being so late in the season, but perhaps,the nutritional value somewhat diminished since some of the grasses have gone by.

In the picture below Norm is pulling the round baler over the dry raked windrows. It's like a giant carpet brush, catching the mown grass on tines, scooping it up and whirling it into a 500 pound spool inside the metal chamber as it's towed around the field. The whole thing then gets wrapped in about a mile of twine to keep the bale intact.

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When the contraption is done wrapping, Norm pauses for a moment and the box swings open on a hinge, kind of like a giant clam shell, depositing  a newly minted bale in the field. Then he continues traveling down the windrow, scooping up another 500 lbs. for the next bale. Even with "time saving" equipment, it's a labor intensive process, since someone then must drive around the field  with another tractor that has a giant spear on the front to pick up each bale one at a time and load the wagon. And then, naturally, there's the unloading and stacking back at the barn.
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Meanwhile, in the high pasture . . .

Butch attempted to highjack the Mule yesterday when I delivered water to the flock of forty at the top of the farm, in Caitlyn's domain. There's no natural water supply on the hilltop, so we fill 5 gallon jugs and truck them up to replenish the stock tank twice a day. With the sudden heat, their water consumption is way up. I love the excuse to take a ride and visit the gang twice a day.

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Amy (in the shed).

Have a great weekend!

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