At the beginning of 2017 I became the volunteer Artist-in-Residence @ Arlington Court National Trust Devon - Watch out for my posts about it.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Perfect weather recently....

.....so there is

plenty of hay making going on

down here

in Devon













22 comments:

  1. Wonderful days to enjoy!

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    1. They are Christine, makes all the difference when the sun shines :-)

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  2. Now that is a real "Hay day" /
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Great relief that there is plenty this year. Hopefully the prices won't be too bad this Winter :-)

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  3. Great photos. I love seeing hay stacks and hay rolls. we still have some sitting around us and it makes it seem so countryish. thanks for sharing.

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    1. There is something really nice about seeing them isn't there. All except when the machinery hits the roads and holds up all the traffic for miles, lol.

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  4. Baling today Ann but I didn't have my camera. Isn't it BOILING? Off to Shaldon tomorrow for a dip I think...

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    1. Yes, it is hot and I don't blame you at all making off to Shaldon. Enjoy your swim :-)

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  5. Your fields are really beautiful -- They're cutting hay all around us too, and I love how the smell of it is filling the air!

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    1. I know, I love the smell of it as well :-)

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  6. I've always wondered how they make the 'rolls'........... ;)

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    1. A machine automatically make the rolls, very clever. Some bales are left as 'rectangles' (see the pix)...that makes them easy to sell for those people who don't want the huge round ones. The round ones are left a while in the field and then a machine will wrap them. The machine will lift up the round bales and twists the wrapping around about 16 times per bale to keep the air out. They are then kept for Winter feed as by then the hay is safe for the animals to eat. (Horses can't have freshly cut grass/hay as it would give them colic and other problems). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baler

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    2. Isn't that interesting! Thanks Ann! I didn't know horses couldn't eat fresh hay or grass......don't they 'graze' on their own?

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    3. Yes, they do graze in the fields but sometimes, especially during the Winter, the grass is poor or in mud, so they have to be given hay. That goes for horses that are stabled too, as they naturally eat about 16 hours out of 24, their system requires it. (I'm full of useless information, lol) ;)

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  7. I love a good hay bale, they always make me smile.

    Wyatt's mom

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    1. I know, they look so nice in the fields don't they. I used to like the old fashioned way of building up the huge haystacks, but machines do it all now, equally as nice to see.

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  8. Good to know that the hay harvest is going so well. As you say, it might keep the prices down next winter. Most of our hay comes from the Avon Valley farms so they should be busy this week.

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  9. Nice photography. I see not much action over at the sketching, pencil drawing and paint. So came over to see your blog.

    Carol Ann

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    1. So nice that you have stopped by my blog Carol Ann. I think we have all been busy lately, certainly I have been and haven't got around to a drawing for PPP & P. ....I will be doing something and adding it this coming week though.

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  10. Lovely sunny summer pictures, Ann! It reminds me of Van Gogh's paintings!

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    1. Thanks Judy, yes it does look very Van Gogh :-)

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