Hay making time.....
When it comes to producing our hay, we are completely dependent our lovely Spanish neighbours, to whom we are extremely grateful. Salvador begins the process by ploughing and seeding in October time. Paco cuts and turns the hay around the middle of May and Antonio bales it soon after.
Our dear direct neighbour Enrique used to cut and turn our hay up until two years ago when he suddenly passed away. Although he must have been well into his eighties, he was an amazing man and worked the land every day, from dawn to dusk. We now have the second generation of the family helping us, as his son Paco has taken over his responsibilities.
Salvador ploughing accompanied by his faithful dog..
Paco cutting our field yesterday morning.....
and a photograph of dear old Enrique turning the hay 2 years ago..
...and last but not least Antonio the baler!
With the prediction of rain later this week it was all hands to the pump. We were awakened at 6am yesterday by the sound and lights of Paco's tractor as he busily tried to turn everybody's hay before the arrival of the baler, who arrived mid morning.
It was then left for Ed and myself to collect and stack the bales with the use of the Discovery and trailer, which is back-breaking and exhausting work. Thank goodness Ed was here! Needless to say, we both slept very well last night. Ed, who is fast approaching his 70th Birthday is practically super-human; he just never stops working.... God bless him
A resident of our haystack....
and his friend!