Hay Day

Trip Start Jun 16, 2010
Trip End Aug 18, 2010

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Flag of Poland  , Silesian Voivodeship,
Thursday, August 12, 2010

Never a dull moment at our Bełsznica ranch. We got up earlier than usual today because hay was supposed to be delivered at noon and by then everyone would have to be ready to help. So, breakfast, Vanya's school review, a trip to the grocery store, cooking obiad and eating obiad had to be accomplished faster. However, farmers work at their own pace and we didn’t see a tractor pulling a wagon with a hundred stacks of hay until 1pm. That was the first of five wagons delivered from local fields today, and all stacks had to be thrown up into the loft above the stable. Thankfully, four girls from the village, who take riding lessons here and already have some experience stacking the piles, came to help us with the job. Marek did the honors with a pitchfork, throwing a stack to Ania and one to Vanya, and they passed it forth, to the girls who arranged them inside the loft.

In between the deliveries, I served cold beverages and snacks to the workers and of course took pictures to document their efforts. The owners, Iza and Darek, are very lucky to have friends who come to take care of the whole ranch for 10 days and do this kind of hard work for them. The hay we packed up in the loft today will be the food for the horses throughout the winter time.

Exhausted does not begin to describe how everyone felt. Showers and cold drinking water put them back on their feet and we decided to take a little trip to the Czech side of the Odra River. The evening was warm and lovely. We walked the banks of the river, while Marek checked out if there are any fish in it. He thought he might go early in the morning to catch something for a Friday supper. Unfortunately, halfway through our walk we found a sign informing us that the whole area was protected and no fishing was allowed. Bummer… We cheered ourselves up with a visit to a Czech grocery store. I like to practice my Czech because I get so few opportunities to do so in the States and the store is a perfect place for small talk. I also had to get some Cofola, my favorite Czech soft drink. In times of Communism, each Eastern European country came up with its own version of Cola and a ridiculous name for it. Poland had its Polo-Cocta, but the Czech Cofola tastes much better. This year it celebrates its 50th year so I got a commemorative bottle too.

In good moods, we returned home and after watching only one episode of our favorite "Dr. House" everyone said good night. Marek decided his bones hurt too much and he needed a good-night sleep, instead of rising early to fish. Ania couldn’t have been happier to hear that!

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