Thursday, June 30, 2011

In the paddy

It's summer time which means we are irrigating our hay crops to make forage for the cattle herd this winter. After being irrigated for 12 hours, the fields can be pretty marshy in some spots. Normally one wears special over boots nicknamed "Irrigators" to keep shoes and pant cuffs dry but Nathan had already taken off his work boots and slipped into sandals for the evening and so come time to move irrigation he just slurked and slopped across the field to the wheeline. There were a few moments there when he was stooped over and the sun was hitting the grass just so that both Lloyd and I (of course watching from a safe, dry distance) commented that it looked like something straight out of Vietnam. We all laughed at Nathan's "Paddy Feet" - covered in three inches of sticky mud. I wasn't fast enough to get a photo of that but I did manage to snap a shot of him rinsing off at the valve opener.

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