Stocking the Pantry

A couple of days after Goatgate, it came time to unload some hayracks.  This is a rack of hay bales, each weighing 50-60 pounds because it was so damp.  There are approximately 25 bales per layer.


This is the Admiral.  She weighs, on a good day, a hundred pounds.  Her job is to move the bales to the existing stack of straw so that her father can stack them against the far wall.


Can she do it?


Oh yes she can.

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Over and over again.

Then the Studmuffin stacks them.  Over on the other side.  Walking on straw is like walking across really soft sand, with sinkholes in it.

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Together, they do this.  Over and over again.


Did I mention that it was still well over 100 degrees that day?  Nothing like sweating through a pair of leather gloves to convince people you’re working for a living.


And when they were done with that, they headed off to get MORE.



  1. I’m sweatin’ just reading about it all – and I’m inside on a cool day! Y’all must be going through *gallons* of hydrating fluids!Hope that gate is secure once and for all now. sheesh!

  2. My daughter is age 2, about 35 pounds. So how long before she can help me unload the hayrack? She kept me company last time, at least, which was nicer than doing it on my own. Your girl looks about 13 from what I can tell, but maybe she’s older than she looks? Nice tractor, by the way.

  3. To paraphrase Mark Twain, it’s not the size of the girl lifting the hay that counts, it’s the depth of the determination in the girl.The Cranky Yankee

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