It has all been very busy the last couple of weeks, hence no posts for a while. Hay making continues on Mari Jones, all using racks now because of the unsettled weather.
We carried the hand bale press into the field two weeks ago. It is good to bale up a bit of the hay as it makes it more saleable. We were also interested to see how long it takes to bale up hay versus loose stacking it.
We will never take to baling all of our hay. There is simply no need to bale that which we use ourselves and there is no doubt that stacking it loose is much quicker.
The advantage of the bales are that they are easier to move, take up a bit less space then the equivalent amount of loose hay and are much more convenient to sell then loose hay. Although baling by hand is slower, it is quick enough that I imagine we will find it worth our while to do some each year.
We are also baling up some of the less good quality hay such as that from the top of racks into bales. These will be used in the composting pee toilet that we are in the process of building for use during camps and events. The idea being that urine is collected in the bales which can then be taken away and left to turn into fantastic compost. I’ll try and post a picture when it is complete.
Another reason for the lack of posts lately is that my daughter and I left the boys to look after the farm for six days while we had a summer adventure. We took our tandem (especially built by St John Street Cycles to fit an adult and a child) on the train to Bristol. We stayed for a night with friends then cycled home, camping on the way. It was great fun and we were incredibly lucky with the weather – the rain mostly fell at night. Here we are crossing back into Wales via the Severn Bridge.