Life On Regal-Hill by Gail Hillriegel

Life on Regal-Hill by Gail Hillriegel is a weekly column about the many aspects of life on a farm, including care of animals, working the land, and gardening. Recipes are shared for readers’ cooking enjoyment.

Life on Regal-Hill: September 10, 2008

While waiting for hay to dry here at Regal-Hill, George has been working at wood. One day, while he was cutting up wood to bring up to the house to be split with the wood splitter, he noticed an interesting wildflower across the stream that he hadn’t seen before. As soon as he got a chance he went across the stream and picked some of these flowers and brought them up to the house.

Life on Regal-Hill: August 27, 2008

We finally have had some good hay weather here at Regal-Hill. The tractor has been busy mowing the hay down while a few hours later another tractor goes through and teds the hay, helping it to dry faster. Tomorrow it may be tedded again and raked later in the day, and then baled if it is dry enough. Round bales would be faster but ours will be the small, rectangular bales since they are easier to handle and more saleable for us.

Life on Regal-Hill: August 20, 2008

Life on Regal-Hill has not been very exciting lately. We have had the same old rainy weather, or prediction of rain, so you had to plan your workday around it. Frankly I am tired of it. It has been going on way too long. The vegetation still needs sunlight even if it is getting sufficient rain. Why can’t the weather understand that?

Life on Regal-Hill: August 13, 2008

The weather continues to be iffy here at Regal-Hill, but one day we decided to mow hay anyway. Even though showers were forecast, we didn’t get any rain. As it turned out, George was able to get it dry enough to bale. We still need two, but if possible, three good days to dry hay safely and thoroughly. No one can take the chance of spontaneous combustion and a barn fire. There is another harvest all ready in many fields if only the weather would dry up.

Life on Regal-Hill: August 6, 2008

Thunder continues to enjoy being here at Regal-Hill. This morning he was at the door ready to come in after spending the night outdoors with the heifers and beefers. He does seem to prefer being inside when the flies are the worst. The other night, as soon as he was put outside he took right off walking fast, but as soon as he got to the laneway he began to trot wanting to get up in the pasture as soon as possible. It was enjoyable to see him flex his muscles and be so anxious to get to some green grass.