Thursday, May 3, 2012

Love of the Land



Can't you just hear the swing creaking and the screen door slamming in this wonderful painting by Duane Bryers? A trip over to the farm this week brought back that familiar "Home Sweet Home" feeling. We were there to mow and spray weeds, a work day so there was no time for porch sitting or moon gazing but I have those memories tucked away and they will never fade!

Our Grandson went with us and mowed the yard, hard work for a 12 year old! Gavin has inherited a love of the land, not sure how that happens when you've been a city kid all your life! He begs to go with us and wants to help out with the work involved. I wonder if farm life may be in his future. It suited my Grandparents, they chose that lifestyle while Grandpa's brothers and sisters moved to California during those Depression years for better wages.




I've heard my Mother time and again tell about when her parents bought a wheat thresher to help them with the harvest. They took great pride in this piece of machinery that made their lives so much easier.



Until they were able to buy the thresher, hay rakes were used to harvest the wheat.... can you imagine?



This instruction manual was in the top of one of the closets, it didn't take me long to locate the pictures of the delivery day of this much anticipated machine!


 This had to be either the banker or the salesman... a suit and farm work don't exactly go together! Grandpa is in the background.


 Here Grandma and her cousin show how easy it is to operate this big rig!




Today's farmers face many challenges, costs for producing crops are astronomical with the price of corn and gasoline, not to mention farm equipment. When I look at these pictures, I am in awe of the strength my Grandparents must have had to run their farm. Really it was just the two of them, and somehow they managed. We've come a long way, American farmers feed the world. Quite an accomplishment!

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  1. great post, wonderful pics!...

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    1. Thanks Karen! These are my favorite posts when I can use old family photos. Thursdays I do a post for our local Co-op and they are open to whatever I want to talk about! The farm has been in our family a long time, many memories there.

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  2. Have I ever mentioned how lucky you are to have these old photos???

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    1. Oh yes, I agree! Love sharing these old photos, I just hope I don't bore anyone cause I do these posts a lot. The Farmer's Co-op is so nice to give me free rein what to talk about on their Thursday post! Let me tell you, my Grandparents would think this is so cool to be able to share this information with so many people. They were ahead of their time, and loved being pioneers.

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  3. Yes, the cop-op is on my list!...:)JP

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    1. ;-) so glad you like your co-op too!

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  4. You got your hands on some pretty unique old photo's in some of your blogs, I love them.
    I can imagine seeing the photo's embossed on tea towels. I would try and found out how to do that, it could become a fashion item in the shabby chic decor community that my daughter is always admiring and involved in.
    My daughter says she is going to get me a very special phone for mothers day, a Tracfone SVC for seniors like me, which has bigger buttons and letters on the screen so I can make calls easier. ($15, $7/month for service) it's cheap but great when you don't have to try to find your glasses to make a call.
    Actually I have all I want, I just want my kids, grand kids, dogs and kitties to be together as much as possible, Sunday lunch is always my favorite time with the kids. Must say I love to be reminded of the good ole days, you can never see enough of these old photo's.

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    1. I am the only daughter of an only daughter of an only daughter, an old fashioned way to describe the circumstance of inheriting the family history. My Mom was an only child and her Mom as well. It's a wealth of information... pictures, documents and receipts. I love sharing these pictures and hope it's not boring to you guys! I've seen that phone advertised, it will be a wonderful Mother's Day gift! So glad you stopped by for a visit today!

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  5. Love the top picture. The photos of your grandma could be my paternal grandma. She used to always wear what she called a "house" dress. Then she had fancier stuff for "going to town." (Or home ec club.)
    Ugh. Can you imagine wearing a dress for all of that work? I pull on a t-shirt and shorts when I hit the yard.
    xo, Cheryl

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    1. Isn't that funny that our Grandmother's favored! I never saw Grandma in anything but a dress. She would starch and press them, so much work! She always looked cool and collected, me not so much! I'm like you, I live in t-shirts and shorts in the summertime!

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  6. I don't tire of these posts, rather, I love them.
    My grandmother was a large woman, but she always looked neat as a pin in a cotton house dress, much like what your grandmother is wearing. That's how I remember her, with her hair in a braid wrapped around her head.....and always wearing stockings that may have been rolled to her ankles on a really hot day.

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    1. Thanks so much, I do love sharing my memories! That's the wonderful thing about blogging, we're able to write, edit and publish to our hearts content! It must have been that era, that's exactly how Grandma dressed...

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