Rain continues to fall and hay still hasn’t been cut. John, the young feller who usually cuts our hay, has had an equipment breakdown and he’s unsure, exactly, when he’ll be able to get here. We’ve someone else who is interested and, if the weather cooperates, we’ll hopefully get hay cut first of the week. John is still our go-to guy but it’s nice others want to cut on shares. We, meaning God and He lets us help, do grow some mighty fine hay and this first cutting will be made into 4×4 round bales. That means each round bale will be 4 feet x 4 feet; John bales a 5×5 bale so there’s a tad bit of difference. Someone with a calculator and a mind for math want to work up what that difference is, please and thanks?
It’s been a week of work and my mares, Peach and Lightly, are doing a lot better. They still aren’t happy about the short rations and up in the morning Peach took a kick at Sadie. I’ve been trying to teach and train the dogs to stay out from under the horses’ feet but, until this morning, the lesson didn’t take. Peach gave a warning squeal and then kicked out with her right hind foot. She pulled back on her kick, it wasn’t full force and didn’t connect but it frightened Sadie half to death and I’m glad of it! Sadie ran behind me and stood there while I finished mucking out the barn. All the dogs seemed a tad opened eyed and wary; it’s just a lesson that needs teaching and not an injury and I’m hoping this is a lesson learned. Like Daddy and Mother used to say and still say, “You’ll learn the hard way or you’ll learn the easy way but you will learn.” As usual, they were right.
Carly is a Shetland sheep and one of my oldest ewes, somewhere north of ten, I believe. None of the girls need worry about pregnancy as all the rams are now wethers and everyone earns their keep by providing fleeces and love. She’s as tame as a puppy and one of the first to come for pets, nose kisses and corn. School children love her and she loves the attention.
Teasel is a mountain plant we see a lot around here. Someone told me in days gone by, women would use teasel to tease sheep fleeces into alignment so they could be spun into yarn and the mentioned linked site said the Romans were the first to so use teasel. I’m not really sure I believe this as the teasel I’ve seen doesn’t seem to be strong enough to handle teasing fleeces. Like thistle, teasel is a bi-annual and its medicinal uses include treating warts, curing jaundice, a diuretic and made into wine. Thankfully, I’ve never had to find out if any of this is true. Still and all, it’s a pretty plant albeit a prickly plant and will scratch blood if one isn’t careful. It gets in the horses manes and tails and wrecks more than its share of havoc and it’s a pain, literally, getting them out of the manes and tails.
Down the road is this sign at the site of the Anglo fort, Maiden Springs. Dave’s family settled here a ways back and his cousins, the eighth and ninth R. Bowen’s yet live at the home place. While we all have our place in history, it’s nice, sometimes, knowing the lineage. It’s nice being able to say, these were our kith and kin, they settled here and now, we are settled here, being stewards of what God has entrusted us as we make our mark for God and on the land.
Blessings ~ kith and kin ~ horses ~ sheep ~ dogs ~ family ~ hay season ~ birds of the air ~