This is my new blog to continue my journey with my Dales Ponies. It will also be the story of my building a new life for myself, alone now, except for my friends, horses and dogs, since my partner died in March 2009. We had lived and worked together, mostly twenty four hours a day, for nearly 28 years and I have never lived alone before. It is a tribute to my wonderful friends that I am still here, still sane(ish) and ready to re-invent myself. I love them all more than words can ever say and can never thank them enough for all they have done and are still doing. It is also a tribute to Alexandra Kurland and 'The Click That Teaches' that I know how to save myself now. To new beginnings.......

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

My Hay.

Last post about hay, I promise! I turned it again this morning, then my friend showed me how to row it up and did one field while I did another. His brother then arrived and baled it with his huge Heston baler. It was then loaded onto a trailer with their Manitou and, after the first trailer had been unloaded I was allowed to tow the empty trailer back up there with my tractor, then told to tow it back again loaded! This involves some careful clutch work through some narrow gateways but it went really well. I was a bit worried when I got back to the yard and had to pass one of my liveries husband's new car!

The hay is now safely stacked away in the barn. It was a very long day but I was beaming from ear to ear throughout! I don't think I've ever had so much fun and satisfaction from a hard day's work before. It has done so much for my confidence and self esteem.


  1. The hay looks lovely - and you were a big contributor to the process!

  2. Thank you Kate! It smells wonderful too! I'm on such a high over it all today. My friend who baled it text me to say that I'd made a really good job of rowing it up! He is a master at all he does and not easily impressed, and I don't think he'd say it if he didn't mean it. I was SO chuffed!!!! I am SUCH a big kid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. I am jealous of your occupations, I always wanted to do my own hay. As teen I used to help for making it at our yard. We made small square bale, and we loaded with forks ... of 25 years ago. Gosh I am ageing! LOL ^-^

    Thanks you for the advises for loading the photos. I am already doing it. So I guess it is my computer blocking something ...

    I am short and wide, so I cannot do "smart & elegant" like a Dressage rider. But I can do "sweet & sexy" like a reiner ^-^ LOL!!!

  4. Helen I have managed to add photos to my blog one is for you about cantering SWEET ^-^

  5. Ah, my question has been answered. BIG square bales. Lovely. I looks like wonderful hay.

    May winter bring happy horse bellies full of summer's bounty reaped by a woman who is finding new satisfaction with the world.

    OK,kind of corny, but how I love the sound of horses munching hay on a cold winter eve. So peaceful.....

  6. Helen, I have emailed you a training question.

  7. Fantastic - must be such a good feeling knowing you've done your own hay yourself!!!

    I agree about the sound of horses munching hay, its so relaxing!