Life on Regal-Hill by Gail Hillriegel

Life on Regal-Hill: Oct. 29, 2008

We recently returned to Regal-Hill from vacation with a welcome home sign. Allegra made the sign and, I think with her uncle’s help, put it up. It said, “Welcome home grandma and grandpa.” One would think we had been away a long time. Actually it was only a week and a day that we were gone.

Life on Regal-Hill: Oct. 15, 2008

Now that we have had several frosts here at Regal-Hill, it is time to clean up the flowers and garden. As soon as we got the first damaging frost, I pulled or dug up the Dahlias and Gladiolus bulbs. Then I cut off the tops and prepared them to dry before storing them.

Life on Regal-Hill: Oct. 8, 2008

Although George finally finished haying for the year here at Regal-Hill, there still seems to be plenty to do. Now that the pastures aren’t growing as fast as they were, hay is taken to the pasture where the heifers are, nearly every day. We don’t want to put them in the barn any sooner than we have to, hopefully not until the first of November.

Life on Regal-Hill: Oct. 1, 2008

It was a bit cool here at Regal-Hill this morning. Even though the sun was out it hadn’t warmed up much yet. As I left the house for my morning walk I picked up the mail I had ready to take to the mailbox and as I reached the corner of the house I could hear a fire siren going off. I returned to the house to tell George, who was burning papers in the furnace to warm up the house.

Life on Regal-Hill: September 24, 2008

It looks like the sun has finally decided to shine today in earnest here at Regal-Hill. The previous two days weren’t very good for drying or anything else since it stayed so windy, cloudy and cool. This time of year the sun makes such a difference in how warm it feels.
Finally, George is going to try and mow some more hay. He gave up wanting to harvest another cutting in the meadow, so soon the heifers will get to enjoy it and mow it for themselves. Thunder, Allegra’s horse, is already in the meadow where he has been fenced in. He seems to be enjoying it even though he can’t chase the heifers now.

Life on Regal-Hill: September 17, 2008

Life here at Regal-Hill has been rather boring lately. We finally got a good rain and wind, then it didn’t want to dry off so more hay could be dried or other outside work could be done. We still have berries to pick, a garden to harvest and flowers to cut or stake. Every morning I am thankful there hasn’t been any frost yet.

Life on Regal-Hill: September 10, 2008

While waiting for hay to dry here at Regal-Hill, George has been working at wood. One day, while he was cutting up wood to bring up to the house to be split with the wood splitter, he noticed an interesting wildflower across the stream that he hadn’t seen before. As soon as he got a chance he went across the stream and picked some of these flowers and brought them up to the house.

Life on Regal-Hill: August 27, 2008

We finally have had some good hay weather here at Regal-Hill. The tractor has been busy mowing the hay down while a few hours later another tractor goes through and teds the hay, helping it to dry faster. Tomorrow it may be tedded again and raked later in the day, and then baled if it is dry enough. Round bales would be faster but ours will be the small, rectangular bales since they are easier to handle and more saleable for us.

Life on Regal-Hill: August 20, 2008

Life on Regal-Hill has not been very exciting lately. We have had the same old rainy weather, or prediction of rain, so you had to plan your workday around it. Frankly I am tired of it. It has been going on way too long. The vegetation still needs sunlight even if it is getting sufficient rain. Why can’t the weather understand that?

Life on Regal-Hill: August 13, 2008

The weather continues to be iffy here at Regal-Hill, but one day we decided to mow hay anyway. Even though showers were forecast, we didn’t get any rain. As it turned out, George was able to get it dry enough to bale. We still need two, but if possible, three good days to dry hay safely and thoroughly. No one can take the chance of spontaneous combustion and a barn fire. There is another harvest all ready in many fields if only the weather would dry up.

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