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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Hauling Flax Bales

I took the opportunity to shoot a little video while hauling flax straw bales last weekend. One of these days I need to get a camera mount to wear while I'm out actually working throwing bales. This one makes it look like I spent all my time just driving the tractor while my helpers did all the work.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Got my "r"s Back

The letter "r" on the old asus laptop gave up completely a week or so ago so I've been improvising by copying and pasting the letter "r" from wherever I might find one handy. But it really slows down my normally fast typing speed plus the annoyance of trying to think  of words I can use to express myself that don't contain the letter r.
But I'm back and typing on a new logitech wireless keyboard that seems to work  well. It came with a spare wireless mouse too so I guess I have a spare.
We are gradually acclimatizing to the onset of normal (cold) weather. Daytime highs of 5F and a strong Northwest wind pushed the wind chill factor up into the uncomfortable zone even with the multiple layers of clothes I normally wear.
In my usual manner of getting things done just in time, I got the harvest machinery mostly cleaned up and parked in their winter shed locations before it got too cold to run them. We got the flax bales hauled off the field and stacked near the greenhouse ready for the stove when required. Before the snow got too deep in the fields.
I got a start on installing the new rear shocks on the 52 Merc but don't spend too much time laying on the floor in these temperatures as it takes the fun out when the hands start to freeze up.
Merc rear axle and  shock

Nearly froze them on Monday while chain sawing beaver logs off the fence line. Once I'd got working hard enough to get the blood circulating I was ok but for a while I was feeling that special intense pain I get when (almost ) frozen fingers start to thaw. Gloves just don't do it for me. Should have been wearing mitts.
Just about wore my back out handling some of those logs. Now I need to go back and fix the fence that got wrecked.

In the news, another blow to the Canadian cattle industry  with over 20,000 cattle quarantined and at least half going to be destroyed. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Raising A Little Dust

Seems like a long time since harvest started. Thats only because it has been a long time. This video was shot fairly early in the season I think judging by the leaves still on the trees.
I moved the swather home a couple of days ago as I don't plan to try cutting any more flax now that the snow seems to be here to stay. The combines have been in the sheds for some time now but waiting for the final clean up before their winter holiday.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Diesel Leaks

Man, I reek of diesel fuel after working on the Massey. As good a tractor as it is, there is not much room to work on certain places. This has been a bad year for leaks on machinery and this one has bothered me since late winter. Thought I had it soldered up last spring but no, it was leaking diesel again. Tried the old stand by JBWeld but even that failed. So today I got a different piece of steel line and with a little custom bending I got it in place. Accompanied by the steady dripping of diesel fuel on my hands at 32 degrees (that is 0C for you metric converts) my fingers pretty much lost feeling by the time I was done. Hopefully when I check it tomorrow there will not be fuel dripping on the ground.

Sunshine on the weekend inspired me to try baling some of the flax straw I had combined. Even that was difficult. After many broken shear pins on the baler , crawling along in first gear, I think I had around 200 bales done by the time darkness took over. The final shear pin broke and that was the end of the day for me.
I'm getting a sore finger from the stubborn "r" key on this laptop. Sometimes it takes intense pressure to get the letter. I'm attempting to chose words that dont' contain many "r" s but that is not always possible. I've pried the r key off and cleaned out anything that looked like it should not be there. So far I have resisted the urge to take a ball pein hammer to the "r" key but for how much longer I can't say.
Today in history, I can remember only a little about where I was on that day when JFK was assassinated. This was an interesting interview with Abe Zapruder's grand daughter

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Merc At The Car Show

An updated and edited version of this past summer's drive to the antique car show at Dysart museum. Accompanied by the oh so perfect music of Alan Jackson's "Mercury Blues".
It was a great day with perfect weather and scenery. A good selection of fine looking antique cars and trucks and nobody was too critical of my old rusty relics either. And a big thanks to my sister in law and nephew without whose assistance I could not have got both cars to the show.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Note To Self

In case I forget by next spring, do not attempt to grow flax again! And thats all I"ve got to say about that.