Yesterday was one of those days... filled with all sorts of necessary tasks.
Glamorous tasks, like cleaning the front pasture (manure)
and stowing a delivery of 100 bales of hay,
and, spreading manure,
With rain on the horizon, we started our day early and accomplished a lot in a relatively short time. It occurred to me as I sent each bale of hay up the hay elevator to the top of the barn where Hubbs and Anna were stowing it for the winter, that each pound of hay that I lifted would eventually be turned into 2 pounds of manure that I would the have to clean up! It's a never ending cycle.
As you know, we have compost piles that consist of manure, clippings, hay, leaves, and any food items that we cannot feed to the chickens. These piles sit for at least a year - with Hubbs turning them by tractor to keep the temperature hot enough to break down the manure and vegetable matter into, eventually, highly nutritive dirt. This compost can then be used to fertilize our gardens and our hay fields. Yesterday's task was to spread it in our hayfields. We have a small manure spreader which is pulled behind our1953 Ford Jubilee tractor, "Tin Lizzy".
Thankfully, our neighbor, Jim, is a mechanic and has kept this old gal in running condition for many years. She's a little persnickety when it comes to starting... yesterday needing to be towed to start. Hubbs towed her, while Jim worked the throttle and the choke until, finally, she purred like a kitten. Not bad for almost 70 years old!
I spent a bit of time picking berries. The wild raspberries are in season.
Yesterday I picked a box of blueberries and three boxes of raspberries.
I noticed, when I was behind the barn, that we have a lovely bunch of chicory blooming. A weed, but the flowers are such a lovely color. And the roots can be roasted and brewed as a coffee substitute.
Any day now - these comical little clown-faced barn swallow kids will be out swooping through the air with their parents. I am hoping that Mom and Dad are planning a second brood. We love our barn swallows!
Stuffed Pretzel Rolls