A Hay Bale Harvest of Pumpkins


It’s that time of year for a hay bale harvest. . .


When the field next to my Potting Shed is cut and baled.


In a week’s time the field went from bronze feathery topped grasses. . .


 To tidy large round bales.


I’m always a little sad to see the field cut .  . .



And look forward to seeing it sprout daisies in the spring and Queen Anne’s Lace in the summer.


I heard the rumble of the tractor mowing all afternoon and was surprised to find the tractor and baler parked by my shed the next morning.


Normally the bales are small and rectangular, stacked and hauled off the same day.


Hauling is not so quick and easy with round bales.


I couldn’t resist having a little fun with my harvest of pumpkins. . .


And make hay while the sun shines :)


I found this mum in a cute burlap pot at Walmart a couple of weeks ago.


And sprinkled some watering cans, gourds and mums around a bale.


Pumpkin season is my favorite time of year!









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  28 comments for “A Hay Bale Harvest of Pumpkins

  1. October 21, 2015 at 6:18 am

    What fun you had with the tractor and hay bales! Love the mum from Walmart in the burlap bag.

  2. Sherlie Magaret
    October 21, 2015 at 6:32 am

    These are lovely and enchanting pictures, what fun with your pumpkins and mums and decorating a hay bale. Being a farm girl, I very much appreciate these things and the beauty in each season, autumn is now my favorite season, but I am not partial to it. For me the changing of each season is my favorite.

  3. October 21, 2015 at 6:39 am

    Absolutely gorgeous photos Mary!!

  4. Gert
    October 21, 2015 at 6:43 am

    What fun you had! Love all your decorations! That mum in burlap was so pretty!


  5. October 21, 2015 at 6:53 am

    Hi Mary, I LOVE your pumpkins and goodies stacked around the hay bales! I noticed that all the New England fields seem to be going to the round bales too. Apparently there are pros and cons to each, but the round bales are certainly picturesque on the landscape. I used to get some square bales to use for yard decor, but I haven’t seen any at the nursery this year. You are so lucky to have your own private supply! :) It is hard to watch the field grasses being mowed, but those beautiful wild flowers wouldn’t thrive otherwise, and all of your readers look so forward to seeing your field of dreams every year. You’ve inspired me to do a little more pumpkin “harvesting” today. I hope I find some interesting varieties like yours. Have a wonderful day. Linda

  6. Kathleen Liedka
    October 21, 2015 at 7:03 am

    Love your creativity – looks like you live in a magnificent place! Do you grow all your pumpkins and gourds? Thank you for the beautiful inspiration this morning.

  7. Michelle
    October 21, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Cute! Just having fun?!

  8. Ellen Stillabower
    October 21, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Beautiful pumpkins & gourds!!! Like you, I am a little sad when they cut our fields..the corn provides a privacy screen and when it’s gone, it’s like someone took our curtains and we are, once again, wide open spaces!! 🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂🚜🚜

  9. October 21, 2015 at 7:38 am

    It looks like you had a lot of fun with those bales of hay, Mary! You find beauty in your surroundings, and we get the benefit. The burlap wrapped mum from Wal Mart is so cute!!

  10. October 21, 2015 at 7:52 am

    So look forward to your post every morning with my cup of coffee. I never know where you are going to take me……:)
    Loved our adventure today, and as always wonderful pictures make the dream almost real!

  11. October 21, 2015 at 9:08 am

    I love autumn too, pumpkins always make me smile.

  12. Mildred
    October 21, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Wonderful pics. My favorite season of the year also. You are blessed to have the field on one side and water on the other.

  13. October 21, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Mary, more delight from your magical life. I do think you have the best of all worlds ~ a bit of country while on the water! I love the way you think. Grab those pumpkins and mums and other goodies for a wonderful photo opportunity. I took a similar photo of the hay bales scattered across the field at my friend’s ranch recently. There is something very calming about looking across the freshly cut field with all those bales neatly waiting to be hauled off. Splendid!

  14. Melodie Strickland
    October 21, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Enjoyed seeing the bales of hay which reminded me of growing up in West Virginia as my uncle bales of hay were square. My brother and cousin would help to stack them. Love your decorations around the bales of hay.

  15. October 21, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Great pictures…and I appreciate round haybales…because emptying umpteen regular haybale racks at my sister-in-laws was back breaking to say the least! We had 10 people and two haywagons…loaded and we were all exhausted, cut, bruised and not too mention ITCHY…so the round bales are lovely…LOL.

    Your vignette is gorgeous…and I’m sure you can talk the farmer into leaving just one there for awhile, lol.
    Thanks for the gorgeous pictures, you shared! Sandi

  16. October 21, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Wow…you’re not kidding when you say the field is right next to your potting shed!
    How much fun you must have had with your “impromptu” photo-op session! love it!

  17. October 21, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    I wish we had a field nearby with hay bales to decorate!! That would be fun and it was fun to see what you did! Only you would think to grab some things and decorate a bale! Love it!

  18. October 21, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    I love the little stack of pumpkins on the ground Mary, they kinda remind me of a voluptuous farm wife:@)

  19. October 21, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    pumpkins and hay bales were meant for each other! I love love love the pile on top with the mums! I can see you smiling as you played with your props Mary! Delightful fun! The farmer needs to leave a hay bale by your potting shed for further styling and photos~

  20. SevenSprings
    October 21, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    As usual, I enjoyed all the creative set ups and photos. If your field is full of daisies and Queen Anne’s Lace then the farmer is doing a really great job in considering and working with the environment. Lovely to see. In my young days we helped turn over the rows of cut hay to dry, then loaded the loose hay onto wagons which swayed dangerously as we children climbed up and held onto the binding ropes to ride home. When it all reached the haystack area we tossed it down by hay forkfuls so that the skilled farmer could construct a wonderful haystack. And yes we were hot, sticky and itchy, but this was a task much loved. The scent of newly mown hay is sweet and lovely. One of my favorite memories. Baling makes lighter work for the farmer but I loved the old way and am glad it was a part of my life.
    Thank you for bringing back the memory.
    Usually the bales one can buy to decorate are made of straw. Hay is used for fodder and straw for bedding.

  21. Cindy
    October 21, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Country on the water? Where in the world do you live? Perfect environment! Love the pics!h

  22. October 21, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    So fun! Your photos make me want a big round hay bale for my front yard! Here in the city, what would people think lol?!! Just beautiful, Mary!

  23. Darlene
    October 21, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Does the field belong to you? What a beautiful site to have beside your shed. Love what you did with the pumpkins and mums!

  24. October 28, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Beautiful displays!

  25. November 2, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    so cute with your shed in the background!

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