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Farmer Mischief

If Farm Girl Friday still existed, I’d save these for tomorrow.  But since there isn’t, might as well show you today.

The silver poplar (remember) was rubbing on the combine, so what’s a farmer to do:

Since there are no power lines nearby, you grab the chain saw and climb on top of the combine!

At least it’s a better idea than standing in the bucket of the front end loader, which was the other suggestion.

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Where Was Paula??

It’s been a busy few weeks here on the farm and a quiet few weeks here on the blog.

First we were off on a sudden trip to Pickering to see Auntie Belinda and Uncle Stefan.  On the way down we stopped in for a good visit with Great Grandma.

This time down, we went to LEGOLAND up at the giant Vaughn Mills mall.

Ella’s weight in LEGO.

154 LEGO bricks high.

This is the section I found the coolest.  The Toronto skyline in LEGO.

Even Casa Loma.  Sometimes the lights were on for ‘day’ but it looked so much cooler with the ‘night’ lights.

Trying out her car design (I tried not to think of the germs crawling around in those boxes of LEGO).

Lloyd, the Green Ninja.  Ella can’t wait for the new Ninjago movie that’s coming out soon.

Happy LEGO girl.  Ella was really happy because she was able to complete the mission and get all the stamps this time.

Next day we were off to the zoo.

Even though it was a scorching hot day, I think most of Toronto decided it was a good day for the zoo.  So why we waited to get in we watched the carp in the creek.

Some of them were massive.  Looks like the creek is having issues with algae bloom, like the lake here at home.

Still not too big for the carousel, though she was hoping it would go a little faster.

The grizzly bears were impressive.  The picture doesn’t do it justice.  These bears were massive, I certainly wouldn’t want to cross paths with one.

There’s a friendlier one.

Hard to imagine a penguin bigger than Ella.  Also, $4 for that tiny Popsicle!!  Thank goodness Uncle Stefan bought us wrist bands for the Zoomobile, that way we could do some riding instead of just walking.

Do you see what my crazy brave girl is doing???  The Gorilla Climb was so tall that I couldn’t get the whole thing in a picture.  The website says it’s 33 feet!  There was only one rope she didn’t walk across (at first), it had nothing to hang onto (just the tether rope).  But Ella walked across it before her time was up.  Special thanks to Uncle Stefan’s brother Nathan who stood in line with Ella while the rest of us hung out in the semi-air-conditioned cafe and re-hydrated.

 

Pygmy hippo, boy was he stinky.

Just a little hot.  I should have packed my hat. I always kid Ella that she looks like Danica Patrick when she borrows Auntie B’s sunglasses.  Danica is only our size and always wears over-sized sunglasses.

At the end of the Zoomobile route you get to go inside the enclosures.

Wild Mongolian ponies.

It was even too hot for Ella’s new red panda.  Luckily we found a spot under a tree to wait for Uncle Stefan to bring the car.

We really wanted to see the baby pandas since they are leaving the zoo.  But by the time we got around to them, it was an ‘at least’ 2 hour wait.  Hopefully they will come back again.

We stopped to see Grandpa Jim and Grandma Linda on the way home (they are in Peterborough).

Sign of a good weekend in the City.

Came home on the Monday like always, then on Wednesday Colin and I headed out.  We were off to the Hastings County Plowing Match.   Wow, the parking lot was basically the size of Renfrew’s entire plowing match.

We didn’t hang around for the tillage demonstrations after all.  All day we had been watching waves of black clouds passing just to the north of the Plowing Match.  It was obvious this last one wasn’t going to miss.  We just got in the truck when the heavens opened up.  We actually waited a few minutes before heading out.

The plowing match was on the 23rd, our 14th wedding anniversary.  One of the reasons we went to the match was it was located, literally, 15 minutes from one of my best friend’s home in Frankford.  So we made it a holiday and stayed over a couple of nights with Ray and Tammy.  They took us out for supper and then to the new casino.

That was kind of fun.  Tammy gave me $20 to spend and I ended up coming home with $167!  Colin threw in a twenty too and won $50.  I nearly won $9000.  That would have been so cool.  I would have used it to put in central air and a new front door (you know, one that doesn’t need a knife jammed in it in the winter to help keep out the wind).

Tammy had to work on Thursday, so Colin and I headed for Prince Edward County.  We wandered around Picton and found a yummy Greek diner for lunch. Mmm, that was some of the best souvlaki ever.  I found a school book for Ella in one of the antique stores downtown.  I really should have picked it up.  It was Kenilworth and was only $8.  I couldn’t get good reception so I couldn’t check the price. We drove around the County and saw the Lake on the Mountain

Lake on the Mountain

Big drop down to Lake Ontario on the other side of the road.  Again, my pictures don’t do it justice.  Try the website.

Stopped and checked out an antique store in Bloomfield (Dead People’s Stuff -cool name) and look what we found:

Apple boxes from home!!  We often went to Gibson’s to get apples in the fall.  I can buy Gibson’s apples up here still because they are part of Algoma orchards and are in the No Frills stores.

Last weekend Colin and I went for a hike at Shaw Woods.  It was a good day, a little warm but we walked on the more shaded side.

  Remember in the spring how badly flooded we were?

And remember when we came to check the dam on the Snake River up here at Shaw woods?

They had the dam WIDE open so it wouldn’t flood Lake Dore and to hell with everyone else downriver.

Well, obviously the right person lives on Lake Dore, because look how nice and high they are keeping the lake in the summertime:

Oh well, it’s just farmers -right??

We took a different trail this time.  Look at those trees, they sure are determined to grow.

They had some fun trail markers talking about the old logging days.  The trail on the other side of the road is all old growth and was never logged.

Lots of debris still in the river from the flooding.

This past week we had company a couple of days.  Colin’s best friend and his family were up from London.  I was worried about the kids.  They are a few years younger than Ella and Ella’s gotten rid of most of her ‘younger’ toys.  Luckily, the kids LOVED Minecraft  🙂

Tomorrow is our ‘Not Back to School’ picnic, if it doesn’t rain.  Then comes all the craziness of school, Guides, swimming, and archery (Ella’s new sport this year).  She’s decided not to skate.  The arena in Eganville is under renovation and I don’t know when it’s going to be open.  Also, we’re tired of the cliquey nonsense that goes on out there.  Added to that Ella found out she’d be getting private lessons (she’s at that level now) and she doesn’t want them because she finds it too much pressure.  I’m going to try hard this year to get out to the public skating in Pembroke, it’s during the day and we basically have the ice to ourselves.

So that’s about it for the last while.  Hopefully once we get back into our Fall routine I can get back into my regular posts.

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What’s This?

Look at this:

And this:

Woo Hoo!!  Colin has gotten a fair bit of our corn and wheat into the ground.  He’s done about 3 days work in the last two (without a/c in the tractor).  Things are looking up.  Though it’s supposed to rain tomorrow and Friday…

Not that things are dry yet.  Here’s the back field we were canoeing in for my birthday.  Still really, really wet.

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farm-girl-friday

No one seems to be doing Farm Girl Friday any more.  Oh well, here’s my post any way.

Spring has sprung!

Colin and Dad are busy planting the spring wheat.  It’s rather dry out there and we could use about 3/4 inch of rain (gentle rain!).  At least with all the sunny, dry weather Colin’s not having to work too hard and actually comes in for supper most nights.

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Not sure why this didn’t post on Friday, but here it is.

farm-girl-friday

Oh look, a Farm Girl Friday post!  Must mean spring is coming.

This is what our neighbourhood looked like on Tuesday (before we were buried in snow).  Colin was over a few side-roads doing a big cleaning job.  He likes cleaning for these guys because it’s a family and neighbours who pool their cleaning.  So Colin has one big job instead of half a dozen smaller/little jobs.  Since it takes about 45 minutes to set up and take down the cleaner, it’s much nicer to make it one big job.

This set up is a bit different than usual.  Often Colin pulls up to grain bin and the seed loads from there.  That wasn’t the case at this farm.  The new bins have unloading augers that are too big for the cleaner and risk breaking the beans (won’t grow if you break them).  So they ran the auger at full capacity into a holding wagon.  The fuller the auger the less damage to the beans.

From the holding wagon (left), Colin was able to use his loading auger to move the beans to the cleaner.  From there the soybeans are then loaded into the ‘weigh-wagon’.  When the right weight was reached for each farmer, the soybeans were loaded into their personal grain wagons.  It was a very long day -almost 12 hours.  Colin cleaned 35 ton of soybeans and 3 ton of oats.

Farm Girly has had some fun this week too.  Figure skating has come to the end for this year (so early compared to at home).  They had a big carnival and Grandpa and Grandma Lorraine came.  Grandma Hattie was there of course too (she drives us every week).  Daddy was even able to come.

The Future Star kids did their competition routine.  Taylor wasn’t there so Ella got put in the centre of the pinwheel since she’s the next biggest (in muscle mass not height).

She made a great cheer leader!

My very happy Farm Girly has finished her CanSkate program in only 2 years!  She got such lovely comments from her coach in her report card too.

I forgot to share this one on Wednesday:

Last Saturday was Cookie Day in Renfrew.  Wow, what a miserable day!  On the way to Renfrew we hit a wall of snow and could barely see the vehicles in front of us.  Luckily we were almost to Renfrew or we should have turned around.  The snow stopped, mostly, after 10.  Then the water started dripping off the roof.  We took the tablecloth off soon and had to use it to mop up puddles.  Then the snowballs/pellets started.  The lovely folks at Metro let us come inside the doors for the rest of the day.

You know the most common comment/question when people hear you homeschool?  “What about socialization?!!”  Well guess what?  If it wasn’t for my ‘poor’ home schooled child we would have sold 0 cases of cookies.  We had a Brownie and Spark member ‘helping’.  Ella was the only one to actually stop people and ask them to buy cookies.   We were there for 4 hours and we sold a whopping 10 cases of cookies (12 boxes in each case).

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farm-girl-friday

I actually didn’t have anything planned to share for Farm Girl Friday this week.  That is until this podcast turned up somehow on the computer this morning.  This song says it all (I’ve even put it on the iPod).  It’s a perfect description of what life is like this time of year here on the farm.  I love the ‘please, bake for me’ and ‘when I get back, I’ll need an O ring’ lines.  That really is my life.

Leaving on the Combine

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Weekend Fun

Saturday was the Renfrew County Plowing Match.  Colin assured me it wasn’t going to rain.  And if it did it would only be sprinkles because they were only calling for 1-4mm.  Guess what?!  Halfway through the skies opened and it poured!!!  Twice!  Luckily we were able to get under shelter both times so only ended up a little damp.

plowing competitions of course

Riding on the fancy wagon (luckily with a roof) that belongs to Daddy’s cousin.

Still not too big for the bouncy house!

This one is for all the other farm wives.  This is the best shirt ever!!

An old haybinder, I’ve actually got an old picture (glass negative) of my German family using one of these.  I should dig it out one of these days.

Look who we found on our wagon ride -Grandpa and Grandma Lorraine.

Daddy checking out the old threshing machine.  He was impressed with the job it was doing.  It’s the precursor to this:

If anyone has a spare million dollars, Colin would love one of these.  He’d only need to use it about 8 days a year so it would last him a long time.

Speaking of expensive things on Christmas lists:

Ella would really love to find this under the Christmas tree!

She looks so at home on the big machinery.  I wouldn’t mind.  She can make great money running heavy equipment (especially if she learns the specialty stuff) AND she’d find work around here and not have to go to the city.

We had a good time.  Daddy did visiting with the neighbours -the plowing match or a fair is about the only time farmers see each other.

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