Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Chicken of the Sea for Horses of the Meadow

A haymeadow near my home (click photo to enlarge). I think it's a wonderfully surreal sight, all these cans of tuna strewn higgledy-piggledy about this bucolic landscape.

I've never been able to take a photo of Short Hill that makes it look as big as it actually is.

14 comments:

blue girl said...

That's beautiful, Jeddie.

Virginia's so pretty. I miss it.

Neddie said...

Yeah, well, get a good look before they pave it over.

I've got a post and photos brewing about a tract-mansion development going up about a mile from here.

I guess I do do Virginia politics -- in a small, strange way.

Neddie said...

"Here" being where the photo was taken. They've already done what they can to my neighborhood -- and it's not much.

Bobby Lightfoot said...

Those make me hungry because they remind me of shredded wheat. I want to have them to eat. t

I must have some shredded wheat. I must have a miklsheik and some vienna sausage. I must order a pizza and some have frunt loomps.

I leave you now.

Neddie said...

Shwedded Feet is goob. Flute Whoops are also goob. They leave a deleershous chimerical rezzidoo on the spoun. We must await the upstate returns on Maypo.

Simon said...

When I was very young, we'd drive past the cow fields and apparantly I decided what I was seeing was obviously a Giant Jam Roll Farm, (our wheat is much more *yellow*).

My sister has never let me forget this.

Will Divide said...

Nothing like a line of new houses to add a sense of scale.

EmployeeoftheMonth said...

All that's missing is an "Active Seniors Lifestyle Community" - that's what they've done to my desert.

Awww- fhomvr!

ClareToreador said...

Check out "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" - Kingsolver's nonfiction about living off her farm for a year. Thought of you.

Kevin Wolf said...

Don't they make regular hay bales anymore? Or am I just square?

Lilo said...

Has anyone seen my needle? I'm sure it's somewhere in one of these here hay...cylinders.

Neddie said...

All that's missing is an "Active Seniors Lifestyle Community" - that's what they've done to my desert.


Haw! We've got one going up on the south edge of town. It's been a sea of mud for three years and, as near as I can tell, changed ownership at least twice. They just got siding on the model and the sales office, but construction is real slow. You might conclude that the housing market's in the crapper, but that can't be!

They do still make "regular" hay-bales, Kevin. In the fall in this very field, the bales are rectangular. They stack them up in a pile the size of two box-cars. Much easier to store. I think the cylindrical design is deliberate -- farmers and ranchers have a device that fits onto the back of a pickup truck; it looks like a very big, scary spike. They back the truck up to one of the cylinders, poke the spike into it, winch the spike into the bed of the truck, and transport it wherever they want. Then, they have large, cylindrical wheels in their yards. Back the truck up to it, let out the winch, and the hay drops right into place. Cut the baling-wire, and viola! Your cattle are fed for two weeks.

According to my neighbor, who hays his yard, one of those bales fetches $50. Pretty good money for, you know, watching the grass grow.

Bobby Lightfoot said...

Shit, I know a guy gets 7-8 hundrid for a bale.

A Christian bale.

Kevin Wolf said...

Ned, glad to hear that about the block-shaped bales. Otherwise the cartoon characters will run out.