Ask and ye shall receive! Once I decided I absolutely had to have a new tent I started researching the various brands and their pricing. Since I have quit my day job, it's hard to shell out almost $1,000 for a good quality tent even if it is necessary.
So last week I typed in "canopy" on Craigslist and low and behold, there was a used LightDome available in down in Redwing, MN! That's 118 miles away, but I talked Stan into going down there with me and we picked it up Saturday morning. It was a beautiful drive along the river seeing the bluffs and all the spring colors. The gal who was selling the tent for her artist dad had a candy store in town. So we bought some of her artisan candy too. Yumm!
We set up the tent on Sunday morning and a few hours later we had a good heavy rain. No leaking! I love how tall it is in the center compared to the EZUp and I love that every sidewall has a zippered center. The zippers are much heavier weight than the ones on the EZUp. Yes, the crazysheeplady was right, it's going to take two people to get it set up. Like her, I may keep the EZUp for days when rain protection isn't a necessity.
The prices really came down out on the hay now that people are haying again. So I bought 70 small square bales last week at the auction. Stan always gets mad when I buy hay at the auction. He works on Wednesdays and isn't available to help me with it. We only live 4 miles away, so I figure I can just take my time and make trips with 25 bales at a time in the back of his pick up. But men always seem to think they have to go so fast with loading and stacking hay. On his lunch break he helped me to unload my first load. Then he hooked up the trailer and we headed back for the rest of it. He helped to load it all up before going back to work. I have to admit, I was glad for the help, but I could have done it myself. It just would have taken me a lot longer. :-)
Our front hayfield is now planted in corn. We have been getting plenty of rain the past few weeks and it's growing well. I'm looking forward to getting our back hayfield harvested in a couple weeks. Then I shouldn't have to buy more hay for this year. But if I can get a good deal on orchard grass or alfalfa bales, I'll buy them and save them for next year's lambing.
It's another rainy day here and I plan to get some felting done. And maybe some dyeing too.