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Pinch Me

July 19, 2013

The hay is in, I am kinda, sorta caught up on my weeding, and the weather is divine.  Apologies to those getting their hay wet,  and to those who are suffering a heat wave.

My morning started out with a jolt, cows bellering.  Wait, your foggy brain thinks that sounds close.  You sit bolt upright in bed and listen to see how close they are.  No worries about listening, they are all standing at the gate in the hayfield wanting you to come out and see how good they grazed the barely recovered orchard grass in the orchard, and while they were at it, they nipped the new grass in the corral too 😦    Grrrrr.

I hate to admit it, but me chasing cows before I have run at least one french press worth of java through my veins is not a pretty sight.  Plus cows stuffed like ticks, on a cool, Pacific Northwest onshore flow morning, are like children after a birthday party wound up on sugar.  Goofy and hard to manage.  Long story short, we put them back in, fixed the fence (deer) and the rest of the morning was a pinch me summer morning.

I got my corn patch hoed and hand weeded, and caught Jane taking her morning nap.

naptime on the ridge

nap time on the ridge

Camera woke me up!

Camera woke me up!

plastic bag to kneel on and I'm good to go

plastic bag to kneel on and I’m good to go

halfway point

halfway point

Looking good

Looking good

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. July 19, 2013 5:51 pm

    Looking VERY good! Love that you put a fly mask on your cow :-).

    • July 19, 2013 9:57 pm

      TCSL, Nothing like a weeded garden! It took a few days for Jane to realize that fly mask was a good thing, now she expects it before she heads out to the pasture.

  2. July 19, 2013 7:45 pm

    Oh, how I love a freshly weeded garden!…it looks wonderful! Your corn is planted differently-how do you plant yours? I enjoy following your blog…wishing one day for a milk cow of my own!

    • July 19, 2013 9:53 pm

      Margie, I know, seeing the weeds dying is a good feeling 🙂 I always plant corn in hills, 3 – 4 plants per hill, with hills spaced about 18″ apart. It makes for easy hoeing, and anything I can hoe I don’t have to hand weed. Around here hills are the same as what some folks call stations. Basically just a group. I plant onions the same way for easy of cultivation and harvesting.

  3. July 19, 2013 8:12 pm

    Darn deer! I hope you have more “pinch me” days in your near future!

  4. July 19, 2013 8:37 pm

    We’re getting our hay put up this week as well. It’s a lovely feeling. Also lovely is hiring a guy with a stacker. Watching him pick up and stack ~100 bales from field to barn in just slightly more time than it takes me to fill a stock tank with a hose really makes me appreciate that particular piece of equipment.

    The gardens, unfortunately, are being deferred this year because of logistics around the move.

    • July 19, 2013 9:55 pm

      Garth, you’ll get to handle those bales this winter – may as well have the machine put it in the barn for you!

      I can see why the gardens would be on the back burner – I bet you guys are sleep deprived 😀

  5. July 22, 2013 8:57 am

    Well, at least it wasn’t a stranger coming to your door to ask if you knew who owned the cows grazing the roadside.

    • July 23, 2013 8:19 am

      I got ’em back yesterday for waking me up! I forgot my camera and walked back to the house to get it, of course, this was after building the paddock. The minute I ducked under the fence, I could hear moos with question marks at the end. Mooo? It would have taken too long to explain that I needed to get a photo of that grass before trampling.

  6. July 23, 2013 9:23 am

    Great post! Looks like a happy cow 🙂

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