Haymaking

Haymaking

Fresh hay smells like hot summer days and sunscreen, sticky, sweet and fruity. If you look carefully at  each  tawny prickly brick you’ll spot the rough pale green baling twine that acts like a corset holding each bale in shape. These camouflaged parallel lines of order and control are wrapped round each bale by the rust coloured baler. In a whir of industry the machine sweeps up the loose hay from the neatly raked rows, compacted dry grass is spat out onto the stubbly paddock in rectangular parcels. The baling twine is the handle the haymakers use to lever their dirty gloved hands under so they can pick up each bale and swing it back and forth before letting momentum help it up onto the trailer. Continue reading “Haymaking”

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