Part Three – The Twitcher

Make hay while the sun shines!” ~ The phrase is believed to have come from medieval English farmers.

The Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge from partner GC and me was  The Watcher this is my third and final response to our challenge.


A hive of Activity

In PART ONE  and  PART TWO   I showed several images that were taken mostly from my upstairs balcony, and usually because I spotted something when seated at my computer desk that seemed worthy of closer attention. The images and videos shown here today were taken last week from all angles, zooming in from the balcony and from outside in the fields. 

Click to enlarge the smaller images and see the explanations.

Cutting the Grass

Cutting the Grass

Only dry grass can be used for hay therefore, the tractor attachment turns the cut grass a couple of times each day. On haymaking day the dried grass is lifted away from the ground so that the baling machine can pick it up easier and make it into bales of hay. Haymaking is a family affair and Richard’s grandson’s help out. (Richard is the farmer who rents my land).

It’s a long, long time since we made hay up here and I can honestly say this was my best afternoon of entertainment for quite some time.  I have more videos and more photographs, but enough is enough as they say!

SONY DSCThat said,  I couldn’t resist ending with the pheasant that popped up to see what all the noise was about and then strutted around totally unconcerned!

© 2020 Weekend Challenge The Watcher from Weekly Prompts

17 thoughts on “Part Three – The Twitcher

  1. Excellent, Sue. Last year I spent an hour or so watching them use the machine that wraps the round bales of hay with black plastic. It was mesmerising. I will try and video it this year. Thank you, Sue.

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    1. They made silage over the lane by wrapping it in black plastic, silage doesn’t need to be dry, it pickles over time and retains the goodness of the grass. I knew they were due that week but because it wasn’t outside the house and I’m at the back anyway I didn’t hear them and I’m ashamed to say I missed it all by falling asleep! I was so cross, I miss it every time even though they do hay or silage every year!

      I would love to have seen it, the machinery fascinates me. Thank you, Trev.

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  2. Murphy's Law

    Super post Sue! I could watch that video forever, it is that fascinating! Even with all the proper equipment, farming is a hard way to make a living. I think anyone who is aware of even some of what’s involved in dairy farming, should never again complain about the price of dairy products.

    The pheasant is just beautiful. He couldn’t care less what’s going on in the fields. Just another day on the farm!

    If I lived there, I wouldn’t be able to pry myself from the window.

    Thank you for a very enlightening and entertaining post.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. I also enjoyed watching the hay making. I was fascinated how the grass is picked up and fed out the other end and all tied up in a neat bale.

      There’s a lot of hay making going on around here but it’s many years since I’ve watched it close up.

      Some of the massive farms employ contractors with enormous sophisticated equipment but I enjoy the smaller scale.
      Thank you, Ginger I’m glad I provided another enjoyable post for you. 🙂


  3. This was fun! I see hay in fields but had no idea how it was done. We have both bales and rolls of hay here. Do they do rolls, also? Thanks so much for a look at farming life, Sue. When I was younger I always idealized it, but watching this, it is way harder than my dreams!

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    1. The bigger farms produce those large rolls of hay and use much bigger equipment than the smaller outfits do.

      It is hard work with much more to it than most people imagine but I think most farmers love the life. I certainly enjoy the farming year.

      Thank you, Lois. 🙂

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    1. It is hard work but they’re used to it.

      I’ve only ever seen the massive haymaking equipment on TV but wow that is so brilliant everything automated!

      I’ve often stopped by neighbouring fields to watch at haymaking time so I was delighted to have it here on my own land. Thank you, Lisa

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  4. Hay! er…Hey! I love this, SweetSue! I could watch them for hours! I’m glad they had a nice weather day for all of the hard work they accomplished! I admire them for their blood, sweat, and tears, and dedication! Can’t even imagine how difficult a job it was pre- all of the wonderful machinery.
    Aw, that pheasant is surely handsome and seems to wonder what is going on in HIS field! 😉 😀
    HUGS!!! 🙂
    PS…Your twitcher trio has been a joy! Thank you for letting us twitch with you! 😉 🙂

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