We had another very enjoyable weekend at our cousin’s hay farm at Dungowan. Being late autumn, the farmers only have 1 more chance to cut their hay before it stops growing over winter. The paddock in this photo has just been planted with a new lot of lucern. It is being watered to try to give it a head start. It won’t be cut till next spring.
This animated photo is a series of 18 photos that I took with a hand held camera as the irrigation was turned on. The real thing looked a lot better than this because it was a very long pipe and the water pressure varied until it got to full pressure. I still think it looks rather interesting though, so here it is.
I think cousin J thought it was just another day in the paddock, but we enjoyed watching him work, and it was very interesting to see how he unloaded the bales. The main aim here is to get the bales into the hay shed as quickly as possible. There was no threat of rain on this day, but sometimes there is and if the bales get wet they are ruined or downgraded. So, the bales are unloaded very quickly in the middle of the hay shed. For long term storage they have to be repacked into side bays and this is done mostly by hand, one at a time with the aid of an elevator.
These chimes make the nicest sound that I have ever heard come out of wind chimes. They actually make musical phrases. Cousin J made them and he did a really good job. He said he just put the hole for the string where it sounded good. I think he must have a good ear for musical notes. The movie is about 2min and is just of the wind chimes and the view from the verandah where they hang.
In the sound track you can also hear some wind rushing past the camera’s microphone, high pitched screeching of cicadas, a typical summer sound, the cooing of a peaceful dove and the chirping of many other small birds. And at the end, to bring us back to reality, a car’s motor as it passes on the road out the front.
Best listened to with head phones.
view of the house from the top of the hill behind it
some of the bails needed to be turned on their side so that the machine could pick them up
picking up the bales
We had a great weekend at our cousins’ place. It coincided with a harvest of hay which we were very happy to see in action. They have a lucern paddock that is only about 12 acres, and is a small part of a much larger property that is leased out.
J’s cousin, also called J, had to go and check the cut hay every few hours through the night, and when it had just the right amount of moisture in it he had to bale it. On these hot days, it dries out too much during the day, and if it was baled then all the leaves would break off and fly away as dust. So in the early hours of the morning, the machinery was out and the cut lucern was packed into tight blocks.
It is extremely important to get exactly the right amount of moisture in the bale. Too little moisture and they’re bales of stalks, too much moisture and they will get too hot and burn down the barn!!! Really!
Cousin J asked us if we wouldn’t mind going down and making sure they were all standing on a certain side. Sometimes they fall over when they come out of the baler. Cousin A drove us around and we had to turn over quite a few of them. This enabled cousin J to use his tractor to pick up the bales. Each time he had collected a load he took them to the hay shed and pushed the pile off the machine trying to keep them in a pile and not let them fall over. On another day, these bales still have to be packed up properly along the side of the shed and this has to be done by hand. They have regular customers who always buy their hay during the winter months, so until then it has to be stored very carefully.
Double barred finches and king parrot feeding around the corner!
At Joe and Ann’s place at Dungowan a few weeks ago, we sat and watched the garden, and the valley, for quite a long time. Ann likes to feed these birds. She says the finches are descendants of the birds that her father used to keep in cages on the farm next door. So she is very fond of them. I like the tolerance of the birds, no competition here.
We spent the weekend at our cousin’s place at Dungowan. It was a very restful and fun weekend, as usual.
I just wanted to share with you this wonderful view of their front yard. The beautiful green lawn rolls down the hill and the view is of their hay fields on the river flats. We sat on the verandah most of Sunday just talking and watching this view, and the many birds that came to feed under the tree.
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