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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Protestor Diets

This farmer talks pretty fast so you might need to set your playback speed down on youtube because his message, though delivered in a humourous vein, is right on the mark when it comes to what it takes to produce food. Even a vegan diet. Unless they plant and harvest the crops with humans and horses, its going to take diesel fuel to do it.

Friday, January 10, 2020

House Move Part 2

Part two of the 1991 house move to my brother's place. It did not take long. The movers really knew their work and it did not take long to get it off the beams and onto the new basement. Not sure what youtube is doing with the thumbnail image for this video but all I am seeing is three dots. Not the image I picked.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

House Moving 1991

One thing about this cold weather is that it gives me more time indoors to work on converting vhs video to digital. Its a time consuming process but people seem to like the videos I post on youtube. And its getting hard to find a working VCR to play the old tapes so having them on DVD and computer makes them accessible to most.
This one from 28 years ago shows some of the highlights during the move of the new to them house that my brother and family have lived in since. It was a bit long so I separated it into a two part series. Now I have to get busy and edit part two.
Something wrong with blogger won't let me post the link to the video. Maybe later.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Uncle Roy Sings

I'm a little envious of those who have a natural musical talent. They can take an instrument and learn to play it without benefit of lessons and produce music. One side of my family had it. I don't. I do enjoy listening to some of the old recordings saved over the years. I'm gradually trying to transfer from the somewhat unstable magnetic recording tape over to digital format where they will be safer and more accessible. At least for my foreseeable future.
This is one of my favourites sung and self accompanied on the guitar by my uncle Roy. He might have had one of his "roll your own" cigarettes in his mouth while singing this old Carl Smith tune. I've listened to a few versions of it by others on youtube and in all honesty, this is the best I've heard. I may be a little biased though.
The recording was made on an old reel to reel to recorder in the winter of 1955 or maybe 56 in the old family farm house. It might have been done by lamp light and batteries as I believe it was 1956 before rural electricity was available in the area. I added a few photos from the old family albums to make it into a music video.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

2019 in 8 Minutes

It seems to be the fashion to do year end reviews now so I thought I'd try it. Surprising how long it took to go through the numerous videos I shot all year. I didn't want to make it too long for today's short attention spans so I had to just try and pick out a few short but descriptive segments.

It was quite a year and a memorable harvest that never did get finished. I might have to start allowing ads on my youtube videos for extra income. :-)

Not a bad winter so far though. Just enough snow and not too cold.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Pouring Concrete

I did some more video transfer of old vhs tape from 1989. Nowadays we mostly call a redi-mix truck when we need a cement job done but back in 89 we still made a lot of our own. This was a footing for my brother's new garage we were mixing. My dad was almost 71 at the time and is doing a good job with that trowel.  It must have been a Saturday as three of those guys would have been at work otherwise. Thirty years later the garage stands straight and level on that concrete that will likely outlast us.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Cockshutt 50 Piling flax straw

More old video from the VHS tape collection I am gradually converting to digital. Saving family history. Although it does not seem like so very long ago to me, it is just over 20 years. Dad was always happy to run his old 50 and the blade whether it be pushing straw, snow, dirt or manure. That manual steering was heavy and the blade made it even heavier so you kept warm trying to steer the old 50. I guess he made 50 years on that tractor. Bought it in October of 1960 and I think he was still able to drive it in 2000.