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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Making Hay While The Sun Shines

We were lucky to get our neighbour, Ernie to come and hay the field just behind the dog yard. Yesterday he twirled the cuttings into rows. I don't know what the technical term is for that.
Morning dew
Then this afternoon he came back with his baler to roll up the hay. It is great to get this off the field. Unfortunately, the majority of our fields were too far gone and full of goldenrod and other weeds that animals won't eat. Another neighbour, Dan is helping us out by cutting it down. Next year we'll see if we can get the fields plowed and planted.
Pete doing some trimming.
We're finding all kinds of things left behind by the former owner. Tires, rolls of name it. Dan got his tractor stuck while cutting too close to the drainage ditch. That is when he noticed the wire. There is never any lack of work to do when you live in the country!
This morning we made another trip to the Carp Farmers Market. Mayer is doing really well. He loves everyone and so far hasn't shown any fear. Barbie is another story; she doesn't care for children, large dogs, small dogs and basically anyone that wants to touch her. It is very discouraging, but we'll keep working at it. My Mom showed up, and Barbie was happy to see her and her friends that she'd met before; so at least that was positive.
Gorgeous red peppers. We bought some veggies for dinner tonight.
I love sunflowers; I must remember to grow some next year.


lonfrichuk September 12, 2009 at 4:23 PM  

Love the pics Kim! The haying ones are great and the red peppers made my mouth water! Mayer is SO gorgeous as is Barbie - keep taking her everywhere - it will get better!

Pennylynn September 12, 2009 at 6:44 PM  

I can ask ed what the technical term is... he has been working with a farmer for 2 days now at 14 hour or more days....

I must of missed you at the carp market... too bad would have been nice to see ya.

anamchara1 September 12, 2009 at 9:38 PM  

I think "twirly rows" sounds just fine:). Had the same thoughts about sunflowers, too ... file away for next year ...

Pennylynn September 13, 2009 at 8:37 AM  

So Eddie walks in shortly thereafter 8:30 last night from his Farmer Brown experience...

The whole process of the "twirly rows" is known as "Raking a Wind row"

Good to know if I end up moving to more property and ask him to do that! Ed Go Rake a Wind Row won't ya!

Laureate September 13, 2009 at 8:45 PM  

Raking a wind row? That expression I never heard before, so good to know.

We just finished off the colorful baby carrots (red, orange and yellow), the tomatoes, a yellow pepper and part of a cabbage we bought from the market.

My goodness if we had to survive on the 100 mile diet, we'd have to eat a ton in the three or four weeks everything is ripe! We're waiting a bit before we have the apple crisp for dessert!


Pennylynn September 14, 2009 at 9:12 AM  

I was looking at those carrots you mention... is there any difference in flavour or texture? They looked very interesting... depending on your answer, I may go back and blank a bunch for my thanksgiving dinner.

Nice pictures by the way... now that I'm at work and see them - tee hee

Pennylynn September 14, 2009 at 9:13 AM  

***looking back at my previous post*** I meant to say ... blanch a bunch... no blank a bunch.

Laureate September 14, 2009 at 9:48 AM  

Penny, I thought you were saying a cool new phrase that the uncool me didn't know about! haha

The carrots were delicious...we ate them all raw with a garlic dip. Of the three colours, the orange was probably the sweetest, but I loved the colour of all three on the plate. I'll probably go back next weekend if the weather is good and get some more.


Shelamo Shelties September 14, 2009 at 11:25 AM  

Well, I missed both of ya at the market! Was there for 2 hours.

Did you get any of the Hudson's Corn ... the new one is called "Vision". Oh, it was SO GOOD TOO!

Laureate September 14, 2009 at 11:41 AM  

I think you were probably both there much earlier than we were. We got to the market around noonish...after a nice lazy morning watching the birds at the feeders.

Laureate September 14, 2009 at 11:42 AM  

Maureen, I'm not sure which variety of corn we had last night. We get it up at the corner and they don't always label it. It has been wonderful and if it is possible seems to get sweeter as the season progresses!

Nat September 14, 2009 at 4:54 PM  

Love those haying photos, really neat!

Mika is kind of like Barbie -- well, she likes children and people in general, but she barks at them giving a bad impression, and she's reactive of other dogs...

What I've done with her for the past couple of years is go far enough away from the dog or person so that she's comfortable and quiet, and is able to focus on me. I give her treats continuously without stopping, until the dog or person is gone. Now we can be right beside a person or dog as they walk by. (A bit farther away for big dogs.) a HUGE improvement from 2 years ago. Maybe that'll give you some ideas :) That way she'd connect people and dogs with good things -- treats!


Laureate September 15, 2009 at 7:57 AM  

Thanks for the suggestion Nat; we'll give it a try. I think she would like children if she got to know them. She gets better with them after awhile, but is still uncertain when they approach. Off to handling classes again...that should help too.


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