Farmer Nelson Green brought my first load of hay for the winter to the barn at New Bedlam Farm. More than 200 bales. So that clinches it. We are moving into the new farm before the end of October, because that's where the hay is. Maria climbed up into the loft to catch the bales and we were lucky to have the help of Jenna Woginrich and Ajay Rubin. Jenna is a great pal, Ajay a good worker. Maria is a farm fiend, she tossed hay like a linebacker. We put 150 upstairs, 50 in the lower barn.
It is a very special feeling to have hay in a barn before the winter, a sense of well being and security. Next week, work begins on the fencing around the farmhouse. Then we will build a shelter for the animals, get Maria's studio up and running, and move in. With friends like Ben Osterhaudt (he came by to help but Maria and Jenna had finished up), we will make it.