weekends 30 June 2014

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Around here, there are always chores to be done! We decided on Saturday though, that we’d take the day to go to a farm sale and the chores would wait until Sunday. I’ve talked before about how it feels when you go to these sales and everyone is walking around sifting through the remains of someone’s life. This was no different. This man spent a lot of time working with driving horses and had all manner of harness making equipment as well as horse drawn implements: road grater, manure spreader, plows, drills, wagons and buggies. Antique tractors are always a draw, and he had several stationary engines. I’m fascinated by the engines and imagining what farm they started on and what kinds of work they made easier for the family. We talked to one gentleman looking at the engines who said he was interested in one because he wanted to make ice-cream with it. When we asked him what kind of ice cream maker he wanted to hook up to the engine, he said he didn’t have one yet, but, he had a great ice cream recipe! The people follow the flow of the auctioneer as he makes his way around the path he’s set the treasures up on. We always run into friends at these sales and meet new ones too. It was a day full of blue sky and sunshine, catching up and ice tea.

Sunday found us back to hoeing trees, mowing, getting the bailer ready for oat hay, checking heifers, and measuring and flagging off a section of wheat to bind in a couple of weeks. I think we’ll have an Oliver tractor running our binder this year–story to follow.

About Sally Gerard

I am a writer, runner, teacher, singer, guitar player, mom, lover, coffee drinker, hunter, antique tractor driver, horsewoman, sister, and lover of the outdoors. Did I mention that I love lighthouses?
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