In Soviet times, the haymaking period was a heavy burden on the villagers, because they had to be torn apart, working on a collective farm, state farm and at the same time have time to harvest hay for a personal farmstead, which was a big one: in addition to the obligatory cow (the exception to the rules were old cows), many people kept sheep and goats… At the same time, at least three tons had to be harvested only for a cow!
Nevertheless, haymaking was the most pleasant agricultural work, filled with the spirit of rural freedom and the expectation of a holiday. On this occasion, all the city relatives and their children came to the village: adults specially took vacations, and the children were glad to meet their cousins, brothers and sisters again, which lasted until autumn – for the entire summer holidays. In anticipation of this long–awaited holiday, the whole village came out to the meadows – both old and young. Young people, perhaps, joined the hard village work through haymaking.
People got up early in the morning, around four o'clock. Haymaking resembled a gambling sports game in which the mowers went one after the other, trying to withstand the grip more, so that the roll of juicy grass turned out thicker, and the mowing – wider. The strongest mower was in front and all the others followed him.
They usually mowed until 10 o'clock in the morning, except for those who were in a hurry to work. Then the adults went to rest and even take a nap, and the children stayed here under the supervision of one of the elders - they were entrusted with the main mission of drying hay. While waiting, they did not waste time in vain: having slightly refreshed themselves, they ran through the nearest bushes in search of mushrooms, dumping them in one place. By lunchtime there was a lot of porcini mushrooms and aspen!