is freshly cut hay! There really is nothing better. I could just close my eyes and stand there and take it all in. It's relaxing and makes me happy.
For the first time since we've owned this land, we didn't have crops this year. We decided to go with hay. We planted the back in alfalfa and oats and the front in grass hay. Our alfalfa came in so nicely. The oats were blown down from a really bad wind, so we couldn't harvest those, but that's okay. The alfalfa was awesome! We had our first cutting on August 7th. Sawyer rode with me as I drove the farm truck out back and watched the guy we hired bale the hay. We were surrounded by the sweet smell and I wished I could have bottled it up somehow. I told Sawyer that this is a smell he'll always remember and love and it will always bring him back to his childhood.
We hired a guy because we had this hay done in round bales. This man has a baler that makes them very tight and compact. We can do the square bales and the larger, looser round bales ourselves.
We sold the hay to a local man and he came and picked it up as soon as we were done baling it.
Here are the beautiful photos from that day. I just wish you could smell this most wonderful smell via photos.
The grass hay field
Hadleigh and Sawyer picked Queen Anne's Lace and we stuck it in bottles with colored water. The flower takes on the color of the water. They had fun with it.