And now, how we bring in the hay in Denmark.
Here you go, our first field, pressed and ready for picking up- by hand- and driving home.
Driving across the neighbours pasture- and his fence- to get in and out of the field, luckily his cows were not out this year, like they were last year- which made it even more exciting…
Then we unload the tractor- by hand, by throwing it through the gate in the wall, and then we stack it on the loft.
It takes about an hour every time we leave the farm, and until we are ready to leave again. Driving to the field, in this brilliant tractor, with no plates, and no fricking light on it, picking up the hay and stacking it on the tractor, driving it home and unloading and stacking…
Yesterday, it took four of us four and a half hours to bring home four loads, and empty the biggest of our fields. We were done at about 1 am, which meant that the last load we drove home was in complete darkness, and my poor friend who was driving the tractor couldn’t see a thing. We drove in the car lit up like a Christmas tree all the way home, hoping to make possible traffic see the tractor, and even more so, hoping to make my friend see the road so she wouldn’t end up in a ditch with about 150 bales of hay on the wagon.
With a tractor this small, it is actually pretty dangerous, because once the wagon is loaded, it more or less takes control of the tractor, simply by out -weighing it.
And if this sounds crazy to anyone, I can only say, it is. Welcome to Denmark, welcome to how we roll in the country side… Believe it or not, this is pretty normal, I have been doing it all my life, no matter what stable I have been in.
It feels a little like, when you bring in the harvest, you are sort of allowed to break the law, just a little. Who cares if the tractor can stop or handle the wagon? That kind of just makes it exciting, doesn’t it? Who cares if it has lights, driving home in the dark with the last load feels sort of romantic, doesn’t it? And utterly insane, but after a long day of mind numbingly hard work, who cares?
Sun setting behind a cloud, picture taken through a closed car window, with toned glass…
We have another pasture we are driving later, which is even more insane. It has two lakes on it, and a hill side, where the tractor and the wagon kind of hangs sideways over the lake… not to mention the narrow wheel – spaced bridge. I’ll try and get some pictures of that too, when we get to it. You have to see it to believe it.
Anyway, HUGE thanks to LHK and AK for being the best possible friends in the world and for always showing up without notice, dropping everything to help me out. I am forever in your debt.