A very busy day for us yesterday, though not all with hay making. Phil squeezed in some mowing early on before going out to work in a neighbours garden, and I went off early to take produce from the garden to a local market.
Being squeezed for time when he got back, Phil concentrated on spreading the new mown grass, and actually ended up leaving the “Stackpole” hay in it’s rows all day. This hay is nearly cured and it probably won’t have done it any harm to not have been spread. The surface area exposed to the hot sun was reduced, helping prevent bleaching of the hay and there was a gentle breeze blowing most of the day, which will have helped the hay to carry on curing slowly in the rows.
We rowed up all the spread hay at about 9pm. We also “rolled” over the rows of “Stackpole” hay. This will expose the greener underside and let it start drying in the morning. It also means the driest hay is tucked under the row and protected from the dew fall.
Among other distractions yesterday, we had bee swarm move into a Warrè bait hive on top of the barn.