In the summertime…

Wow!  What a scorcher it is today!

 

I am guiltily sitting here blogging in air conditioned comfort today while our poor animals swelter.  But alas, we can’t bring them inside.  So I just keep checking on them, refreshing their water with cold well water, bringing them branches to distract them from the heat and flies, running a sprinkler on their pastures, and just generally worrying about them!

 

This past weekend we indulged in true summertime activities!

 

Friday night was our night to enjoy the North Stonington Agricultural fair.  The kids all got to see their entries displayed in the arts and crafts and herbs/flower barns and take account of all of their ribbons!

 

 

After a row is cut, it’s time for the crew to move in and put together the sheaves, taking care to line up the cut ends.

 

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The sheaves are then tied.  One of the boys got fancy and tied it with oat stems!

 

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Then they are stood up in the field.  Ideally they would leave them standing up to dry out a bit more, but with the threat of rain, they were put on the hay wagon and brought to the barn until the rain passed.  I’m sure they’re out drying today in this heat!

 

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Ready to go to the barn…So, if you ride in a haywagon, it’s called a “hay ride”, right?  So when we jumped on the back was it called an “Oat ride?”

 

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The rain began not long after, but not before I snapped a couple of priceless photos around the farm…

 

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We all picked gallons of blueberries in the rain, chatting away and enjoying each other’s company, trying to remember some fun Irish ballads, trying to avoid the poison ivy that had established itself at the base of some of the bushes, and trying to put more in the pail than we did in our mouths!  

 

 

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