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 Post subject: From the Bridal
PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:22 am 
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 Post subject: Re: From the Bridal
PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 10:31 am 
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Amazing pic...that field of hay will bale anythime!!


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 2:24 pm 
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Ah, Eugene, methinks this may have been a wee bit before your time! Looks to me like a field of oats, cut with the reaper or binder and stooked in the field to dry prior to being carted in to the "highguard" for stacking. Subsequently, it would be threshed, the grain would then be sold, if the quality allowed, or bruised and used for cattle feed. The straw would also be used for cattle feeding or bedding.
Hay was treated differently. After cutting, it would be turned frequently to wilt, then cocked in shigs and left to dry. Thereafter,if in the "home farm" fields, a draw bar would be pushed under the shigs and they would be drawn in to the steading and also built in stacks to be used as cattle feed over the winter. If on outlying ground, the hay would be carted home and stacked.
Labour intensive, with neighbours lending a hand, but a great community activity, what with "tea in the field", and the general craik and banter. Nowadays, it is all done by one man with a combine harvester and baler in the case of oats, or a tractor and forage harvester in the case of grass - little hay is made - and many farmers lead an isolated, lonely life. Such is progress, but our communities are the weaker for it!
Incidentally, our family grazed cattle in fields at the top of the Bridal Loaning in the 40's. Periodically the cattle would be moved back to Moygannon by way of Upper Dromore Road, Jinny Black's Hill to Clonallon Church, over the Rath Road, and up into Moygannon, with us children "running the gaps". I think we might have more difficulty now, although we would probably have less "stops for a natter"!
The view from the top of the Bridal Loaning down over the Point and out over the Bar is only bettered by the one when turning at the foot of Best Row, which gives us our first sight of Moygannon when we return. God's own country!!


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 Post subject: Re: From the Bridal
PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 5:21 pm 
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That was an interesting read, forest wall.

You certainly know your oats.!


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:51 pm 
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Hi Brian, Like the pictures - just as I remember the view. The Gunnaway Rockis toppled so the picture could be taken in the fifties.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:29 am 
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Thanks for a very enjoyable read forest wall.
I thought they were hay stacks!...and I did in fact have a couple of summers turning hay with a pitchfork although I'd say I was more of a nuisance than a help!
I'm sure you have lots of enjoyable memories..


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