We actually don't live in a dusty little corner of the county; we're a way back from the road but are still visible to passers-by. So when Mr. Woodward's grandson cut the field by our house for hay, there were piles of the stuff still out there even after he baled it. Well, when Byron saw that, he got about as excited about the loose hay as I did about the Autumn Berries. He chose to make this a pre-dinner family adventure, which of course is right around the time when everyone else in the area is driving home from work. The four of us were out there conspicuously raking hay into piles, and then Byron got a hold of Melvin's trailer. Since we don't have the right hitch on our van, we pushed it around by hand to collect the hay. Then we pushed it all the way back to the barn. Twice. I felt like I'd been zapped back to the 1930s. All we were missing was an emaciated cow on a picket line.
There were waves. There were honks. And I bet there was much gossip up at the corner store. But to Byron's credit, I think we got about one round bale's worth of hay out of it. And those things aren't cheap.
|See those little lumps? That's the hay we raked.|
|Byron piled the hay onto a tarp...|
|...gathered it up...|
|...and hauled it into the loft. Did I mention he hates ladders?|
|Charlie got to catch the tarp, and he promptly buried himself under it. A father and son tug-of-war ensued.|
|Byron and his harvest of loose hay.|