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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.










Saturday, December 14, 2019

Retro Harvest 89

Second in the series of home video conversions. I'm gradually picking out some of the best old home movies I recorded on VHS tape many years ago. Its a time consuming process that will hopefully get easier with practice. I've always been told that vhs tapes will degrade over time and become unusable so I better get it done before its too late.

After a night of -22F it was interesting to look at the harvest scenes in the August heat of 1989.






Friday, December 6, 2019

Its Official

Just read that our area has been declared a disaster zone due to the poor harvest conditions that left a lot of crop in the field for winter. I don't know if it will make much difference long tern as the days of government handouts seem to have ended and we are usually on our own to sink or swim. What grain is left in the field is , or will be, poor quality and not worth much. Adding the cost of drying that low value grain is hard to take.
I'll be ok but I can imagine those with big operating loans coming due might be a little stressed.
Its winter. The crop that is left I'll forget about til spring. It will be dry to harvest by then. What the deer don't eat anyway .
Harvest disaster in Sask.