What Makes This Country Gal Smile?
What can make this country gal smile, besides a trip to the opera? I’ll tell you. To look in my food box in our stable and see it filled with straw , hay and grain. That’s what!
We had been giving great consideration as to whether to answer an ad for a special hay being sold by a sheep farmer. He had downsized his herd and had way too much hay. We already have a local farmer who sells us hay , bundles of hay . My husband fills the trailer, which is usually 20 bales. Each bale has 5 or 6 individual sections. They don’t really last longer than 2 1/2 weeks. The reasons for this is our hay racks which were meant for horses, so a lot ends up on the box floor and the goats eat a lot of hay when indoors during bad weather.
My husband has done what he can to fix the hay racks to make sure the hay stays put. They don’t look so beautiful, but for now, they work.
We started to discuss the new hay and decided we should get it. This was not the same hay we always get, it was meadow hay. It is full of grasses, flowers, and herbs. I said we could get it as long as we have a fresh supply of our regular hay to be able to mix with the new hay. Then it dawned on me that if this farmer was downsizing his herd, then he would no doubt have other items we might be interested in. I was right. He had fantastic fencing and gates and even hay racks that sit on top of a fence and can be used by animals on both sides. This was just great. We are going to have to separate our boxes off to make room for everyone quite soon. Our herd is growing and our boxes are large enough to section off into maybe 4 sections, still giving new mothers with their babies plenty of space to bond and stretch their legs, when kept inside.
The thought of having new fencing for our outdoor “baby play yard” and that we would have a real functioning gate, really makes me smile.
The thought of all those fence sections we could have to separate our boxes, really makes me smile.
The thought of those cute little hay racks that could fit over the new fencing and feed 2 goat families, really makes me smile.
The thought of all that beautiful new hay in those huge bales feeding all my goats, really makes me smile.
The thought of my husband saying ok to all those new purchases for our stable, really makes me smile.
Here are our new bales:
Everyone has a trailer hitch on their vehicle and a trailer of some sort. Deliveries here in Sweden are ridiculously expensive, so everyone does it themselves. Max is wearing one of his winter coats, not because of the amount of snow but because of the temperature, it was -10 on this day.
We are very thankful that the sheep farmer , Roger helped put the bales on the trailer with his tractor, and then assisted my husband in securing them , since we had about 40 minutes drive back to Gullringstorp.
I was really not that much help since my husband has had plenty of practice, backing that trailer up. But it was nice of him to ask for my help.
This hay is not only beautiful to look at, but the entire stable smells like a springtime meadow.
Welcome back to see photos of the meadow hay and our new fencing and hay racks.
If you are a country gal or even a city girl, won’t you share with us what makes you smile?