It is hot and sunny with a slight breeze… perfect weather for doing hay. Dad mowed on Tuesday for us to do hay either yesterday or today. Well, yesterday it rained so we couldn't do it then. So, today is the day. It is supposed to get super hot today (90+degrees), and when we do hay, it always ends up at being the hottest time of the day. So, that means in 90 degree weather (+humidity), we are all wearing jeans, t-shirts, sneakers, and some even wear gloves and hats, and are working fast and hard for hours on end. The good part is that after every wagon is unloaded, dad has to go get another one, so about every 25 min we get about a 5-7 min break. We all drink lots of water, and rest in the shade, or we ride out in the wagon and cool off a little by the breeze. By the end of the day, we will be hot, (probably sun burnt), sweaty, smelly, sore and VERY dirty. The good thing is that we will all sleep really well tonight!
Yesterday we had the first group of the year come to spend some time with us on the farm. The weather was perfect for the occasion, warm (actually it was HOT!) and sunny with a slight breeze. It was a blast! There were at least 16 kids and parents to go with them who arrived looking for some farm fun and education. They all seemed to enjoy exploring the haymow, milking the cows, feeding them corn and grain, having the milk calves suck on their fingers, climbing on the tractors, playing on the swing set, and seeing where milk comes from and learning about where it goes. We also played some fun games such as: wheelbarrow races (it is trickier then it sounds!), sack races, hay bale stacking contest, and tug of war. After all that fun, we had a delicious dinner and then ended the afternoon with a hayride. It was a busy day... and I'm pretty sure everyone went home, cleaned up and “hit the hay". Whenever we have people come to our farm we want them to leave with a greater understanding and appreciation of dairy farms and the farmers. However, most of all, we want them to leave feeling happy and that they were, for a little while, part of our family. Hopefully, we achieved that with this group…
Hello, if you are a follower of this blog you will remember that Angela was doing the blogs. Well, things have gotten busy for her and so Stan, her dad, is filling in for now. I am not as techno savy as her so I am not sure how this will work but I am going to try and post on a hopefully regular basis.