Quilting, Farming, Variety

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A few weeks ago we had some really good hay that the farmer decided to put inside the barn.

It has been years since any hay has been put inside.  This was the part of the barn we had fixed for the cats to be safe from dogs.  Last winter there were only a few square bales on the ground so it wasn't the warmest place for the cats and no place for new kittens to be born.  I wondered what the cats would think when they saw their "home" filled almost to the ceiling of the barn.

They love it!  And there are all sorts of nooks and crannies where they can hide and make their warm bed when the winter winds blow.  The farmer left a space at the door where I go in to feed them.

Cats are important to have on a farm.  We rarely see a mouse around the chicken houses where they can do a lot of damage to the insulation on the buildings.  Gotta take care of my cats!

Charlotte



16 comments:

  1. when I lived at the old farm house
    had several cats.
    would love one here
    but do not think Miss Callie
    would tolerate it :)
    Also no out building
    for it to hide in.

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  2. What a great playground for your cats!! I think you have made them very happy.

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  3. That will be a great place for them to play and climb as well as to hide and keep warm!

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  4. On the farm, we had many, many cats. Never in the house, but in the barn. They weren't meant to be pets. I used to love to climb up in the loft and try and find the babies. Everything on a farm must be useful--even cats!

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  5. Awww - they are happy cats now! :)

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  6. I know those cats are loving their hay packed barn. What fun, and delicious warmth come winter.

    FlowerLady

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  7. All's well in Kitty World until the farmer takes the hay away this winter to feed to the cattle ~ perhaps, he could leave just a few rolls. I have so many happy childhood memories playing with kitties in a barn filled with hay.

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  8. I am sure the kitties will enjoy the hay. I was thinking it must feel wonderful to have your barn filled with hay, sort of like how I feel when we have enough firewood in for the winter.

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  9. Some of my best memories are playing on the hay in the barn. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. I bet those cats are jumping for joy. I'm so glad ya'll had lots of good hay this year. They've been putting it up like crazy around here also. Hope you're doing ok. Hugs, xo

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  11. How sweet! that is a lot of hay and a cute kitten.

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  12. Awesome. What a wonderful warm home and playground you all made for your furry-farm family. I love your photos. I can imagine the fun they'll have living in such a well padded fun home.
    :)

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  13. I love the photos of the cats, the hay, and the barn. This brings back many memories of my granddaddy cutting and putting up hay. I'm glad you've had a good hay year.

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  14. My Dad had cats on his farm too. We just have a dog now but at one time had a cat. Nancy

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  15. Oh, Charlotte, look at all that hay...how wonderful! We have a barn cat...for exactly the same reasons as you...to keep away the "little critters!" We always put hay around her little bed every winter...it sure can get cold here on the coast!

    Have a lovely day!
    Laura

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