A Farmer’s Life

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All photos taken July 31, 2021 on a rural bicycle ride.

On this bike ride, we were cognizant that many areas of our province have had to declare states of agricultural disaster, due to prolonged hot weather and meager rainfall. It is not going to be a great crop year.

Many of you may not know that I spent at least half of my childhood living on farms, as my Dad struggled to make a go of it. Late spring, early winter, drought, hail, snow, floods, heavy winds all conspired to reduce the meager profits he was able to eke out from the land. Not to mention wading through thigh deep snow to rescue newborn calves and their Moms from the fields, chasing chickens, chasing sheep, chasing pigs, chasing cows. Nonetheless, he always remained hopeful and I recall his constant refrain of “Maybe Next Year”. Next year never came and my Dad died way too early at age 66, still trying to make a go of it. This one’s for you, Dad.

A Farmer’s Life ©

A farmer’s life is a hard, hard life,

one borne by his children and his wife.

Too much moisture or way too little,

blazing sun turning grain stalks brittle.

Early snowfall or hard killing frost,

swathed crop left in fields, but at what cost.

Spring calving season hit by May snow,

dropping profits, where’s the money go?

Bills unpaid, how much fun can that be?

A farmer’s hope is “next year” country.

An old seed drill makes a delightful flower box

Fat and sassy cows and calves

The crops look good, but these shots do not tell the whole story

First hay crop off and baled, hoping for a 2nd one

Close ups tell a tale of possible low crop quality

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

15 thoughts on “A Farmer’s Life

    1. Absolutely. If you are not made of sterner stuff, you should not even try it. We are watching the Biggest Little Farm on Netflix right now and it is showing all the pitfalls the uninitiated can get into. Can’t wait to see how it all turns out. Cheers Herb. Thanks for reading. Allan

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    1. Thanks. That is all so very long ago now. Dad died in 1985 and I am now older than he was when he passed. The best thing he ever did for me was to push me away from the farm, telling me i could do better than him. I think of him often as I pass farms both successful and unsuccessful. Thanks for reading and the hugs. Allan

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      1. Well that was wonderful of him to do that for you. My Mum spent her summers on her aunt and uncle’s farm when she was a kid and she talks a lot about what can determine whether it’s successful or not. Take care!

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    1. Thanks Marion. I do not regret my upbringing. My Dad’s determination is what made me successful. We can all learn something from our parents. Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend. Allan

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  1. I’m sorry to hear you had to loose your dad at such a young age, Allan 🥺 sounds like he was extremely motivated and unlikely to quit farming despite the ongoing challenges. Watching your dad hard at work you most likely learned things he didn’t mean to teach you because as we all know, children notice every little thing. Thanks for sharing your story and have a lovely day ☺️

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    1. Thanks Aiva. I lost my Mom at an even younger age in 1974. He was doing what he knew and loved. He knew he would never get rich at it. Yes, I am a handy man thanks to always helping Dad out. I can fix most things thanks to him and the University of Google. Thanks for reading and your warm thoughts. Have a great weekend. Allan

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  2. It’s been a hot and dry summer here in Southern Ontario as well. Our lawn is pretty much crispy brown at this point. Farming is tough work and there are no days off. My dad actually used to be a dairy farmer. Sorry to hear that your father passed away far too early.

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    1. Farmers have already done straight combining here and it is only mid August. We never used to see straight combining here and if we did, it was not until mid September. At least they will get this poor harvest off quickly. Thanks for reading. Have a great Saturday. Allan

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