A Good Use For Hay

Posted by F&S

Winter is marching towards us and there are many projects going on around the farm, getting things ready for the harsh weather ahead.  We Frenchies heard some talk among the farm crew about a shipment of hay bales and some sort of wind barrier.  Of course, we had to get to the bottom of it!

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Sharkey, I heard there was a project going on today that involved greenhouses and bales of hay.  Let's go check it out!

1 Sharkey, I heard there was a project going on today that involved greenhouses and bales of hay. Let's go check it out!

Wow, Franny!  I'd say there are bales of hay!  Why do you suppose they were placed here?

2 Wow, Franny! I'd say there are bales of hay! Why do you suppose they were placed here?

Well, if you ask me, it might have something to do with keeping the greenhouse warmer inside.

3 Well, if you ask me, it might have something to do with keeping the greenhouse warmer inside.

I suppose these bales of hay could keep the cold wind from entering the small gap at the bottom of the plastic sheeting.

4 I suppose these bales of hay could keep the cold wind from entering the small gap at the bottom of the plastic sheeting.

The greenhouse is heated with propane, but if you keep out cold drafts, the heater wouldn't have to work so hard and we'd use up less propane.  It all makes sense.

5 The greenhouse is heated with propane, but if you keep out cold drafts, the heater wouldn't have to work so hard and we'd use up less propane. It all makes sense.

Oh-oh, we've managed to tumble a couple of hay bales.  We're in trouble now!

6 Oh-oh, we've managed to tumble a couple of hay bales. We're in trouble now!

No worries, Francesca.  I've seen how these things are lifted.  It doesn't take as much brawn as you might imagine.

7 No worries, Francesca. I've seen how these things are lifted. It doesn't take as much brawn as you might imagine.

There, right in place!  Now for the other one.

8 There, right in place! Now for the other one.

Good job, Sharkey.  We wouldn't want anyone getting mad at us.  Let's check out the citrus greenhouse and see if the same holds true there.

9 Good job, Sharkey. We wouldn't want anyone getting mad at us. Let's check out the citrus greenhouse and see if the same holds true there.

Here we are!  Stop the Kawasaki.

10 Here we are! Stop the Kawasaki.

Sure enough!  The hay bales are here, too!  The citrus will be nice and cozy this winter, as well.

11 Sure enough! The hay bales are here, too! The citrus will be nice and cozy this winter, as well.

Comments (13)

  • It's Friday!!!!!
    Ladies, looks like you have everything under control, as usual. Franny, no one would ever know you knocked that bale over, thanks to Sharkey.
    Well, what's up for the weekend, Glue Squad? As we said before, the indoor decorations are going up. That parade will be Saturday night and Mom said she will be baking on Sunday. And Brutus and I will have to help...especially with the baking...hehehehe.
    The weather peeps are promising snow, 5-6 inches (which is a lot for us) but they are also saying ice. We can't wait to see snow, but the ice could stay away. Especially since Dad drives an ambulance all over southwest Ohio and has to work Friday and Sunday night.
    We are hoping everyone stays warm and safe whereever and whatever you do!
    Pugs and kisses!
    Brutus and Max

  • Hey, I thought 'hay was for horses' :)

    What a clever idea, using the hay bales to block drafts.

    Sometimes I've seen scattered hay on areas of lawn that are trying to be grown. Sounds like hay is a multi-use product!

    Happy Friday to all the gluey's! :)
    gail

  • Morning Girls - What a clever way to conserve heat; that should really help keeping things nice and warm for the winter. Both of you did a great job stacking the hay and no one would know a couple of them had fallen. Where was GK, wasn't he helping too?? Well, not much happening here today; Mom is going shopping & having lunch with Auntie Annie. Maybe she'll bring me something ;) . Dad and I will keep an eye on things at home. Balmy temps this morning; but it will be changing later today. How are my other buddies doing? Any weekend plans, Brutus & Max are baking. Better run, almost time for my walk. Have a nice weekend.

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Hello Girls & Glue Squad Buddies,
    This is soooooo ecological of you all putting the hay up to prevent the cold from getting in---A+. And great cover-up on the tipped ones. What I want to know is where is your brother, G.K., when you need him? It is cooler now, so he should be able to help you girls. Or maybe he is preparing for another show???

    It is a baking weekend here too. It must be in the air. That helps keep things warm here. and the fire has being going non stop. Yesterday it didn't more than 8. Sunday it should be a heat wave of 20, and snow for the Bronco game. Peyton came to Denver, so he better learn to looooove snow, right? I got an early Christmas present yesterday when a friend dropped a huge bag of Bison Treats over. Never had Bison and they are yummo!! Off to enjoy the weekend already. Have a GEM of one.
    Love and licks,
    Ruby

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    With those short legs of yours I’ll bet that you can really get to the bottom of things quickly. Hehehehe Now I can say that because my legs are short too. The weather has changed again here. Yesterday is was in the 70’s and only getting down into the 60’s at night. Mommy doesn’t know if running the A/C or heat is the thing to do. Soooo, she just leaves both of them off and things seem fine. Now opening a window isn’t a choice around here. It seems that southern folks want to burn leaves everyday; even if they are wet. Smoke and bad smell keeps me inside almost all day long. This “ritual” will go on until late spring before all the leaves are burnt. Have a good, and safe, weekend all.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, You two sweet girls look so cute again in new outfits checking out the greenhouses that are surrounded with bales of hay to keep them warm and dry all winter! What a great thing for the farm crew to do and you two sweethearts did a great job replacing the bales of hay that had fallen over! Thanks so much for showing us so much that goes on at Martha's beautiful Bedford farm and we love seeing all that Martha shares on her blog, also! Sure hope you have a great weekend and stay warm plus give GK another hug from me! It's very cold in our area with temperatures in the 20s and 30s lately and can't wait for it to warm up! Nice to hear from Brutus and Max, Gail, and Missy Chow so far this morning and will hope to hear from more of you later! Have a safe weekend! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • :-) Hay for the greenhouse drafts...I remember struggling to find hay for our winter supply, maybe I should have tried the local greenhouses ;-) you girls had fun running on the hay border...such helpful pups! Yes indeed, where is GK.? Miss seeing that fur fluff ...as well as Maddox, hope all is well.
    Kitty went to the patio door wanting to go out, I opened it and she stood there, then turned around ran back to her chair, while I stood in a blast of -2 (actually it's 10 but it felt like - )
    Well another Friday.....tomorrow we go for the yearly VVA Chapter Xmas Party, I finished the yearly painting for raffle prints to donate...
    Next Xmas shopping, maybe I can get everything online and sent. ;-)
    Have a safe weekend, and hoping Brutus and Max human dad especially be careful.
    delia & Kitty (^. .^)

  • Good morning ladies,
    I love the smell of hay. Give me a bale of hay, warmed by the sun and little ole me napping on the top. They should keep the wind from sneaking inside for sure.
    We're going on a road trip tomorrow. Mimi & Papa have Christmas shopping to do at IKEA. They are getting a desk and bookcase for Eli. The problem is that the box weighs 70 lbs. How much wrapping paper will that take (Mimi & I will take care of that) & how will he get it home from our house on Christmas day? We're letting the guys figure out the logistics on this one. After shopping we will be visiting friends in Lisle, IL for our annual Christmas get-together. I love going to their house because their neighbor has two golden retrievers that are a hoot to watch.
    Have a great weekend everybody!
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hi everyone,
    Hay bales? Martha should grow that on her farm then she wouldn't have to buy it. I hope it keeps the greenhouses warmer. I wish you girls would take GK along to do the chores. I miss seeing him
    We are getting ready for bad weather. Sleet, freezing rain, snow, then more freezing rain.
    This is the kind of weather where you have to walk real slow or you could fall and hurt yourself. No one wants that to happen.
    I guess I better go and help put rock salt at strategic locations and make sure that I am stocked up on biscuits so I will have enough to ride out the storm. Hehehehe
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Update on run away lab
    I just wanted to let you know that the lab is back home with his owner. The dog's name is Wet Willy. He swims a lot. Karen said he should change his name to Wandering Willie. Hehehehehe

  • I tell ya, I think my sister and brother have lost their little puppy minds! It's snowing at our house this morning, so let the games begin. Sophie, who always has to be the 1st one out the door in the morning, goes flying out the door, hits the snow, tries to stop and skids all the way across the porch...Mayer dashed out and into the yard and was running in circles trying to catch snow flakes...so glad no one else was up and about to witness this behavior! Supposed to be really cold this weekend so our plan is to just stay warm inside and watch the goings on outside from our favorite perch on the back of the chair in the living room...no wait, that's Sophie & Mayers plan...I'm going back to the electric blanket!
    Have a good one everybody
    Chloe, The Queen Chiweenie

  • Hi Y'all,
    Sharkey, you handled that straw bale like an old pro. Loved the perspective that pic #8 gave. And what a great idea to conserve that heat using straw bales. It's important to be energy conscience these days.
    Maddox, glad to hear Wet Willy got back home! Take good care of Karen during this winter mess. You go first and warn her of the slick spots.
    Kirby, we agree, leaves need to be mulched and not burned. That acrid odor is too much!
    Brutus and Max, Hope your dad stays safe! Maybe it will be mostly snow. They say we may see some ice just northwest of here on Sunday. Just a smidge and no major issues expected, but what an abrupt change from today. It's almost hot. It's very humid with the temperatures at about 78-79. Almost a record for this date which hasn't been broken in a century. This is some strange weather!
    Hey Ruby, maybe you can teach Peyton to butt vroom in that snow this weekend!
    Abby, thanks for the compliment yesterday. And Matilda sends her sweet purrs to Jimmy.
    Okay, enough of the mushy stuff and lets get on with our weekend. Everyone stay safe and warm and send prayers to all those who can't.
    Enjoy the warmth of your kitchens and friendships!
    Dixie Boy

  • :-) Whoohoo....so glad to hear the Lost Lab aka Wet Willy aka Wandering Willy is home safe and sound! Good job Karen and Maddox! :-)

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