As the sun rose over the horizon, our Summer took her final breaths! She gave us a glorious day filled with sunshine, a warm breeze and 29C ... perfect harvest weather! By 8:30 pm, Summer slipped away and Autumn officially arrived!!!
Monday, September 22, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014: Helping Dad Take Apart the Unload Auger
Monday, September 15, 2014: Magpie ...
Tuesday, September 16, 2014: Harvest Rolls On
Wednesday, September 17, 2014: Heading Out to Help Dad
September 18, 2014: Hunters & Gatherers
Friday, September 19, 2014: A New Day Dawns
Friday, September 12, 2014
I 'NEVER' want to curse moisture ... having been raised in good ole' Southern Alberta, cursing moisture is just a curse in itself but sometimes you 'QUESTION' the 'TIMING!' After the recent snowfall 'EVENT' many of us are just itching to get harvest DONE!!! However, the rain falls ...
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
The rain is still falling but it's R A I N and not that white stuff! That's a bit easier to take at this time of year! Despite being cool, the rain clouds are supposed to depart soon and our sunshine is scheduled to return!
Monday, September 8, 2014
What started out as a COLD rain ... turned into wet flurries ...
As the temperatures dropped, my clothes line FROZE ... and our yard became a winter wonderland ...
My "sunny" sunflowers looked sad ... and VERY COLD!
Our trees became green, drooping popsicles ...
And these sad little sparrows certainly seemed to be questioning "what the heck?" ...
Our barley crop, like so many other crops started to bend and buckle under the heavy, wet snow ...
And after getting cold and wet and needing a cup of hot chocolate to warm the soul and hands ... I crossed paths with this beautiful red fox, obviously in a hurry to get home and out of this miserable weather!
Yes, its September and it snowed! No, its not the first time this has happened and likely not the last. It indeed puts a damper on harvest but in the grand scheme of this crazy old world we live in, I'll take the challenge of bad weather over war, disease and painful heart ache! It might have snowed today but we know the sunshine will return! Chins up everyone ... we live in Alberta ... wait 5 minutes and the weather will change!
Sunday, September 7, 2014
In an attempt to fill the hopper one more time last night ... my Hubby blew the 'clean grain elevator belt!' Luckily, we happened to have an extra one hanging in the shop so the boys had the pleasure of assisting their Dad!
What cooked the belt ... the auger in the hopper plugging with wonderful dirty peas! Yes, field peas are notorious for being dusty buggers and this year, although yielding well, our peas are certainly that ... dusty buggers!
With smooth sailing for a few hours ... **Murphy** visited us once again ... the gear box in the unload auger piled up!!! There is nothing more frustrating than having great harvest weather ... knowing the weather is going to change and being shut down!!! The joys of running older equipment I guess!
On the bright side ... if we never had to fix equipment, our boys wouldn't have the opportunity to learn!!! (this is me always trying to point out the positives ... in which I am usually greeted with rolling eyes! LOL!)
After getting off the phone and narrowing the problem down to just the horizontal auger, we unloaded trucks and tucked them away in the shop and took the 'old green gal' back to storage for a few days!
By 8:00pm the clouds were rolling and the rain began!
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Our harvest has officially begun and with the addition of some 'lifters on the header' a clean out of the rock trap and a grease job on everything ... the boys and their Dad headed off to open up the first pea field!
The boys continued into the night ... and a beautiful night it was!
In fact ... we had the pleasure of enjoying a small aurora dance while loading out peas! A great way to start harvest off!
Friday, September 5, 2014
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Brrr... A BRISK morning, that left behind a bit of ice on the windshield and a beautiful heavy dew that sparkled in the morning sunshine! Definitely "diamonds in the rough" ... prairie style!