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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Above The Law

Seems like these strikers are above the law and free to hold the Western economy for ransom because of their greed. Clearly breaking the laws with their barricades. Stopping fuel trucks from picking up fuel. And the police seem to be just standing by and watching. Why are they not clearing up the roadblocks so normal business can resume? Who is really pulling the strings on these puppets? Its been 50 days or more now. Lucky this is not during peak fuel use season or I don't know what would happen.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Family History

I've been making use of winter time to convert some of my old vhs home video to digital. They say recording tape will eventually degrade to nothing. Plus VCRs wear out and might be hard to find in a few years.
Its interesting to see how much has changed looking back 30 years ago. How can it be 30 years since I started farming that West farm? I'd already been farming on a smaller scale for almost 18 years at the time so I was not new to the game but it was quite a change in acres and hours to work.
I've uploaded a few to my youtube channel and they seem to be quite a hit with some viewers.
This latest video shows us setting up the fuel tanks in my brother's yard in April of 89 in preparation for farming those extra acres.
Walking out to "crocus hill". It is still there and so are the walkers. (Not the dog) Some a little bigger. All a little older.

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.