It was a good day today--we put up our first hay. We cut it with the bush hog, raked it with a rake we picked up at Faul's in Lake City, and then put it up loose. By not using a baler, it is a relatively inexpensive way to make hay.
While we were working on this project, I was thinking about equipment maintenance. I've noticed that some folks don't really believe in maintaining their equipment. They don't grease and oil things; they don't protect them from the rain; they don't fix broken parts and as a result, equipment beats itself to bits. That is what someone did to the rake we bought, It was beat up. The bearings are shot. However, it was worth every penny of the $400 we paid for it. And, we will take care of it. We are like Phaedrus in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance--we take joy in the hum of well-maintained equipment.