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ImageKathleen
Jul 1, 2011 5:24 AM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
Happy July! If any of my Canadian friends are here, Happy Canada Day.

We are finally getting some heat and sunshine, humidity to follow. Haying going on, gardening going on - might have fresh peas for the 4th! The chicory and brown eyed susans are in bloom. Definitely summer.
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porkpal
Jul 1, 2011 7:12 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Just a funny story: The front page of our little local paper reported a cow being discovered in a new subdivision - it probably used to be her home. Anyway the fire department arrived, as they always do here regardless of what emergency service you call, and hosed her down because they thought she looked hot and stressed! Now apparently feeling better, she went back through the fence. Front page news!
Porkpal
ImageKathleen
Jul 1, 2011 10:41 AM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
Hey, if that's all the paper had to put on the front page, that's a good thing! Probably she was looking for a swimming pool to take a dip in, but the shower was good.
ImageNEILMUIR1
Jul 4, 2011 5:08 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!
AS IT IS MIDNIGHT HERE IT IS YOUR DAY, WE HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT TIME.
Regards.
Neil.
ImageKathleen
Jul 5, 2011 6:26 AM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
Well, it was a lovely day yesterday for Independence Day. Stan mowed some pasture up at his brother's and then started second cutting. He's going to chop when he gets back from getting drainage tile. He wants to run some in the field that he's going to put millet in before he plows. That was the last piece they mowed for first cutting. Half of it went into bales for bedding and half into big round bales. It was mostly reed-canary and was well over six feet tall when he mowed it.

Today is starting out gorgeous, but the humidity is going to start creeping up later, along with the temperature. I know most of you deal with 90s and above all the time, but when it starts hitting 80 here, I run for the fan. I need to get the zucchini and squash planted. It's late, but should be ok, with any luck. Got to make cookies for Stan, but the butter is still in the freezer, so I guess I'd best get going.
ImageMaryE
Jul 5, 2011 7:26 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Yesterday was a nice day, sunny, mid 80's, and a little breeze that became stronger in the evening. Our prevailing wind is from the NW, and cools the house nicely with windows open on both ends. No AC here although we have throught about putting in a window unit. Adding to the furnace system would cost as much as the furnace did! Nope, not doing that!

It's haying season all around us. We wake up hearing the neighbor's baler in the early mornings when there is a bit of dew to help pack the bales and hold the leaves on the alfalfa. Our near neighbor has a lot of hay baled but his stacker is broken. He finally bit the bullet and sold his old patched together bale wagon and bought a reconditioned one! He must be waiting for part while he is wishing he had the old one back.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
ImageNEILMUIR1
Jul 11, 2011 1:32 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
I got a photo of this from the vintage Tractor display at Hampton Court Palace, which I went to.
Bring back any memories?
Regards.
Neil.
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porkpal
Jul 11, 2011 11:27 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Your vintage tractor looks newer than the ones I'm driving.
Porkpal
ImageNEILMUIR1
Jul 11, 2011 1:03 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear porkpal, a lot of people collect these in the UK! They buy them as wrecks and turn them into something that looks like it has just come out of the factory.
At the Detling Agricultural show, not only do they get judged on their condition, but also they must be able to do all the work on a farm they were designed for!
So they have to plough etc. The one above is the first Tractor I ever drove and this one was registered as road legal in 1961! which makes it 50 years old and still going strong.
It is nice to see them in this condition, and for the owners it is a labour of love as no parts are available now for them, so have to be made by hand.
The Traction engines (steam) are also a delight, and some of them go back to 1867 and are still working, try that with a modern car!
Regards.
Neil.
ImageKathleen
Jul 11, 2011 2:35 PM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
We have Stan's Dad's 1938 JD Model A, the unstyled flat out crazy version. We borrowed it when we started farming, that thing can go 20 mph, a really scary speed when you considered how little there is of it. It starts with a fly wheel, and I was once quite good at getting it going. When Stan's Dad said he was going to sell it, we bought before any of the serious collectors could get their hands on it. Stan tore it down and repainted it, did some work on the engine. It has a problem, but I can't remember right now what it is. We did have it the Tulip Festival in Clymer once, but the next year it wasn't running and he hasn't had a lot of spare time to spend on it. The oldest tractor that we use is a 1969 Ford 8000, which does all of the chopping and other assorted tasks. Stan calls it the dinosaur.

ImageNEILMUIR1
Jul 11, 2011 4:05 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Kathleen, my Uncle had a Massey Ferguson 1936 with a tiny back seat on it! The idea being was that the person on the back could jump on and off to unhitch things etc. It could do 10 mph which was fast at the time. That started with a fly wheel and I was often threatened by my uncle that he would hit me with the starting handle if I missed a Rabbit!
For I used to sit on the back seat with a shotgun and shoot the numerous Rabbits we had there. Then it was a case of jump off, pick up the Rabbits and run back to the Tractor.
I have at Agricultural college and the farm I help out on driven state of the art John Derre's, but to be honest they bore me intensely. Air conditioning, radio and laser tracking, not for me I am afraid.
I may as well not be in the thing and let it do it itself. If you cannot plough in straight line, then you should not drive one!
I did not mean to start a new subject at all, it is just that wonderful example above was the first one I learnt to drive, and what a beauty that one is!
Regards.
Neil.
p.s. sorted AnnaZs problem out with colours.
porkpal
Jul 11, 2011 5:00 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
The first tractor I ever drove was an old John Deere. I don't know what model it was but it also started with a fly wheel. I think its top speed was about 5mph which is why it was chosen for me to drive. My slightly older cousin usually drove a Fordson Dexta which was quite advanced for its age - power steering! We have a similar Dexta now and it is my favorite tractor to shred the paddocks as it is so agile. My son found it abandoned in some woods. The property owners didn't want it so he hauled it home and rebuilt it.
Porkpal
ImageKathleen
Jul 11, 2011 7:09 PM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
not a bad subject to get into.

I learned to drive an old Alice WD40 with a hand clutch. I loved that little old tractor, but shortly after I learned how to drive it, it was traded in on a JD 2020, another reliable little tractor.
ImageKathleen
Jul 12, 2011 4:09 AM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
Happy Birthday, MaryE!
ImageMaryE
Jul 13, 2011 8:34 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Thank you, Kathleen. It was a very good day, topped off by a nice dinner that I didn't have to cook, and even brough home a box with enough for lunch!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
ImageKathleen
Jul 13, 2011 9:27 AM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
That always makes it better, not having to cook!

We are having a gorgeous day, sunny, abit cooler, lower humidity. Stan has mowed the last two fields here at home and put the cows on the oats. The only fly in the ointment is a flat on the tractor that he puts the mower on. It's the tractor with a radio and air conditioning, which really helps Stan avoid some of his allergy triggers - when it works. Needs a new fan, which he has and intends to put in asap, whenever that is!
porkpal
Jul 22, 2011 9:20 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
This year's first bale of cotton for Fort Bend County - made front page news in today's local paper!
Porkpal
ImageKathleen
Jul 23, 2011 9:05 AM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
That's the kind of front page news I like to see. Here's it's been about the heat. Stan's niece's daughter was on the front page of our local paper going down a slip and slide.

They say it's not the heat, it's the humidity and we've had both all week. I had a bit of heat exhaustion last night - stood out under a tree talking to a friend for about 20 minutes and by the time I got home, I was sick, but I got over it quickly. Spent all week telling everyone here to keep their fluids up and take breaks and I'm the one who gets knocked down with it. Doesn't seem right somehow!
ImageNEILMUIR1
Jul 23, 2011 10:28 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
It has been raining here for about two weeks! Yesterday was a nice day as it was dry all day and was 59F which was most pleasant. Today there has been no rain at all and it is a Hot 66F, which is T-shirt weather for us! Everyone seems to have the flu over here, but me. I blame it on working in offices with circulating Air Con. Plus been crammed into the tubes/subway to get to work!
We do not have tubes /subways where we live only a small train service that works sometimes!
Hope you are all well.
Regards.
Neil.
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porkpal
Jul 23, 2011 11:01 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Heat does not make the news here, it is a way of life every summer. Fortunately I seem to tolerate it well. I had better as I HATE the cold!
Porkpal

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