That's not an official holiday for most people, but around here we get really excited when it comes along. Yes, we are officially ready for the winter of 2009-10. Our hay was delivered not long ago and is safely stored in the barn loft, awaiting those cold, brown grass days, when the sheep will need it.
Up until two years ago, we raised our own hay and it was nearly always an exercise in frustration. My husband grew up on a farm and one of his favorite things to do is bale hay, but he works all week and trying to get hay at just the right stage for baling, only on the weekends, hardly ever worked out right. I finally convinced him that there were better ways for us to spend that time (I mean, it's not like there's nothing else to do around here!) And, one of the best parts of this arrangement? I don't have to help get the hay up into the loft!