Saturday, July 24, 2010

A Weekend In The Country
















Is France the only country that bales its hay in this way? Surely not, but I had never seen these charming spools before moving here. 

This is the way almost all the fields around our house look now. One glorious champ was newly mown and the spools of hay were scattered from one end to the other. We passed it on our way to an appointment in Paris the other day and I thought, I'll photograph it on the way back. 

By the time we passed on our return, almost all had been hauled away or piled up in an unphotogenic mass.  I'm on the look out for more. The farmers have not finished their work.

I hope your weekend is full of sunshine, family and fun.

A demain for the weekly round-up.

14 comments:

Concrete Jungle said...

They do it the same way in Canada, although the regular square bales can still be found. Aren't they the most glorious gold in the setting sun.

Cherie said...

Hay is also baled that way in the southern U.S., although some farms still bale in squares, as well. When my children were young, they did something they called "hay baling." The would climb on top of a round bale, stand up, and try to roll it. Children find fun in the simplest things.

materfamilias said...

Just echoing Concrete Jungle that we see these bales in Canada. In fact, coming home from my Pilates class on Thursday night, I passed a field where the late-afternoon sun was making the bales glow against the tawny newly-shorn fields -- and I wished I'd brought my camera along. Not only gorgeous, now they're linking me to you in the countryside near Paris!

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

In Germany, Hay is also baled that way! I love the reflection of the sun on hay. I ride so I'm around hay daily. Have a nice weekend;-)

C.J. said...

hay is baled that way throughout the midwest, so see??? another common thread.

Shelley said...

Yep, Britain has round bales too - must be the current machinery in use. I remember rectangular blocks from my childhood in Oklahoma and I'm thinking you still see those occasionally here as well.

The-Countrypolitan said...

This looks just like the field down the road from me, and all over this county... it is a perfect pastoral depiction of the country... ~Terri

Dorky Medievalist said...

Canada too (as others have confirmed). In Canada they also wrap the round bales in white plastic eventually so they look like giant marshmallows stacked up beside the barn. It's fun, though not as pastoral and lovely as your golden photo.

Anonymous said...

Yes..hay is baled that way in Australia too

crunchycon said...

No indeed - I'm in SE TN, and hay is baled and sold this way. Beautiful picture on your blog, though.

Marieanne said...

Done that way in the NE U.S. and in Virginia, too. Very pretty!

J.W. said...

I saw hay baled this way in Montana. As I was riding past some of these bales, deer bolted out from hiding behind them and sprang across the field. A wonderful memory...

SouthernProletariat said...

My father is a farmer, and yes, hay is baled that way in the southern states and many other parts of the world. Round bales, such as you witnessed, are easier to transport and handle than the smaller square bales that you traditionally would associate with hay- although sometimes the small square bales are still produced. Depending upon what animal the hay is for (horses have more delicate digestive systems than cows and so thier hay must not be exposed to weather/rain after baling) it may be wrapped in the white plastic or stored in barns to preserve it.

Hope that is informative. Love your blog!

Tish Jett said...

Gosh, thank you everyone. How is it possible I never saw these magnificent spools in the fields until I moved to France. Oh, I know, I was living in New York.

That explains everything.

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