Against all odds ~ it’s been a mechanical nightmare ~ we brought in the first 217 bales of the most awesome hay! We were gearing up to cut hay, when the hydraulics on our tractor stopped working. Moving quickly, we got North Island Tractor to meet us on Quadra to take the tractor to the shop to get fixed. Once a diagnostic was done, it became apparent it wasn’t just a little job. The stars aligned for us and another Massey Ferguson tractor showed up in Duncan for the same price it would cost us to repair our old one. We did a little dance of joy, organized for the tractors (both the new one and our old faithful) to get delivered to Quadra once again. John and Adam picked them up and drove them home. Whew. Okay, take 2. John goes out to cut the 3rd field, gets 2/3rds of the way through and stops. U-Joints and slip clutch on the mower give out. Old machinery. Hard usage. I get back on the phone to look for parts. It’s not just a matter of locating the parts, which is difficult due to the age of our machinery, its getting them up to us on Cortes. So we got the U-joints, from 2 different locations, and just today received a new PTO shaft. So fingers crossed everyone. Fingers crossed that the machines will carry us through. Fingers crossed that we will have all the time and energy it will take to get the hay into the barns.