Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Barn is Ready for Winter

 

The barn might be – but me – not yet.  I do love a snowy day, snuggled up in a blanket, working on a craft or baking – watching the white flakes fall.  Wisconsin is truly a Winter Wonderland.

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This is the top of our barn.  I didn’t blog about it, but we cut and baled over 1,200 small square bales this summer.  In fact, we ran out of room for all the hay.

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Looking down from top of pile.  We use 2 elevators (both were $10 each from farm auctions – excellent deals!) to stack the bales.  One to get the bales from outside to top and once we stack higher than we can reach, another to get them to my husband.  The system works for us.

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I am pretty high up there…the cats LOVE sleeping in between the bales.  When they had kittens, I can’t tell you how many bales of hay I had to move to find crying kittens…peeping chicks too….

We actually gave away 2 wagons full of hay (each wagon has 125 + bales) to our friends.   Neither family has the equipment or acreage to make their own hay.  So, we shared.   We were so surprised to find a box of “meat” – pork was delivered to our house from one of the families…we didn’t expect that…but it was a good “trade.”

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Here is one of the hams – I made for supper Tuesday.  I made fried rice with ham on Wednesday and today, I will make pea soup with left overs.  We’ve made chops and I can’t wait to eat the bacon!

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Lined up and waiting for next year!

Blessings from Wisconsin!

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