Hay Season in Latvia

June 11th, 2009

Hay Season in Latvia - *AFP Hall Of Fame*

A very rare case of farmer’s axe tan.

(submitted by Christine)

107 Responses to “Hay Season in Latvia”

  1. Steve says:

    Yea… Latvia really has things like this still.

    I see them sometimes when I am there in fields… never seen one being constructed before nor seen one so big.

  2. Tricia says:

    Okay, what he is doing is building a ” cock”. First, you cut down the grass with a scythe. The women go behind and gather it and lay it out on tarps etc to dry in the sun which ” makes hay” then you start building a pile as a base. You kick the sides in and hollow out the middle enough to make a squat. You should be able to set in it Indian style and have some room. The size is up to the person but the bigger, higher. The harder it is to build and risk of it collapsing. What he is doing is like ” training the hay” he pulls up with one hand and beats down with a heavy cloth, burlap etc. and that gives it almost like a “c, or ( shape ” then it is repeated. Very labor intensive. Usually done in July and September by farmers for their farm animals to eat through out the winter months.

    This very much looks like an authentic picture or the people visited a farm that uses these methods to gather hay for livestock.

    • killian says:

      I’m impressed you know this! How cool!

      • Tricia says:

        Thanks! I’m just a person who lives in the U.S. that happens to know some out of the way things. I read and travel as much as I can. I just turned 40 and I never want to stop learning!

        Tricia 🙂

  3. jstanton8 says:

    If I were a rich man….

  4. Spritely says:

    ZZ Top, the early years. When he was a youngster, Billy Gibbons didn’t even have a guitar. He actually had an axe.

  5. Robert says:

    Visit Kazakhstan for unforgettable holliday on farm!

  6. Carol says:

    wow, and those two women are okay with this??

  7. Drew says:


  8. Deann says:

    I’m too sexy for my shirt,
    too sexy for my shirt,
    So sexy it hurts…

  9. Larry N says:

    What’s with the white shorts and one lace trimmed leg?

  10. Jujee says:

    Ride the wild hay bale!

  11. Bernardo says:

    Oh, he’s a lumberjack and he’s OK!

  12. troy says:

    Stick Legs digs it.

    And she’s looking pretty good too, but that extra long rake is intimidating.

  13. rick says:

    And they say the Amish are boring.

  14. Liandrin says:

    My god he DOES look like Rasputin!

  15. JohnnyMoon says:

    You spin me right round baby, right round.

  16. TECHNOVIKING says:

    Technoviking approves this season’s harvest! now dance!

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