Wednesday, August 17, 2005

All in (two) days' work

I wouldn't want anyone to think it's all sitting around drawing chickens here. No no no. Ok well I do an awful lot of that, but I thought I'd share with you one of the other really fun things I get to do from time to time. (Woop! Woop! Sarcasm alert!) I get to stack hay! Lucky me! There was a lot more hay work this year because there are now three horses here (two mine, one belongs to a friend). It was looking like it would be delivered into the barn (onto that blue tarp), but it turns out the barn door was too short for the hay wagon to get through. Arg! So they unloaded it right at one end of the barn. Technically was all inside, but it was a last-minute thing and I didn't ever get a tarp down underneath. Besides, it pretty much blocked the whole doorway... So...52 bales in two days, and it's now totally relocated. I'm not fond of stacking hay, but I sure feel like I've accomplished something by the time I finish. What would this be without pictures? :-)

Here's the whole stack as it was unloaded from the wagon. 8x8' and 6 bales high. I don't know how much a hay bale weighs but it's a lot. I think they are usually about 60-100 lbs (depends on type of hay, density, etc) and these are on the heavy end of the spectrum. I'm not good at estimating weight, I just know they are dang heavy!

After a couple hours it was down to this much. I moved 24 bales into the extra stall, which has a 4x12' hay storage area and a 4' aisle. Here's how that looks (as seen from the horse stall). Those are stacked 6 high on the left end! *whew*

So then I finished the remaining 28 bales this morning. They got moved about 20 feet over into the middle of the barn between the two stall doors. I'm glad I don't have to do THAT again for another year!

Shylah would gladly help if she could! :-) (she gets a little *overly* helpful sometimes...)

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