Organ Pipe National Park

Organ Pipe National Park

About Me

I purchased "Sadie''s House On Wheels "in late 2007 and loved traveling in a motor home so much that I went on the road full time in late 2008. I started writing this blog to help me remember all the wonder places I have been and it allows me to share those places with my family and friends. Summer of 2013 I decided to hang up the keys for a while and moved back into my stick house. After nearly two years, I am on the road again.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Farm

As promised, here are some pictures of the "Farm".

This is the "Farm Yard".  It's all grass which keeps the dust down.  The house and out buildings are on about 10 acres of land.  That a lot of grass to mow.  

I'm parked behind the house with all of the comforts of home.  

 This is the combine, the main machine of the farm.  It picks up the swaths of wheat, canola, or flax, and "chews" it up and spits the straw out the back and separates the seeds  and chutes them into the hopper.
 These are swaths of canola.  Usually the fields are straight cut, but this year due to all of the rain the crop is cut and raked into rows and combined later. The canola has sat since August waiting to be combined.
 Look at the control panel.  You have to be really good at programing and working the combine.
One of the fields behind the farm.  It has been combined and will be ready for reseeding next spring. The straw from the combine acts as much and the land will be direct seeded with a different crop in the spring. The fields are not burned here. 

 This is the view out the front window.  Pretty cool. The morning lights are gorgeous and this picture just doesn't do it justice.
 Once the combine hopper is loaded then the grain is loaded into a big grain truck and hauled to the bins on the farm.  The Auger pushes the grain up to the bin..  I always wondered how they got the grain in the bins.
 This is winter wheat.
 There are some spectacular sunset through the trees.  The trees make a great buffer for the wind.

This is my favorite, a 4X4 giant tractor.  It is used to pull the combine out when stuck, which has happened a lot this year due to all of the rain.  I even learned to drive this one.  The gears are a little hard, but what power!

Harvest is almost done and I should be heading back to the states in another week or so.  The nights are getting colder and the days are still sunny but cooler...winter is not too far off so I need to head out before the snow flies.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

October 9, Saskachewan

I arrived in Carlyle, Sasketchwan on September 5 and met up with fellow WIN member Denis who had invited me to spend some time at his farm which is about 25 miles  south of Carlyle and a little North of Alida Sasketchwan. I was excited to visit during the harvest time,  but unfortunately, I brought rain and the harvest was delayed a few weeks. 
It’s hard to believe I have been here for more than a month.  Time flies.  There is so much to learn about farming.  A a child I loved driving through the country and seeing the ranches and farms in California and always though it would be fun to live on a farm.  The past month has fulfilled some of those fantasies.  I’ve learned about swathing, combining, and binning.  I’ve learned to drive the huge 4X4 tractor to help pull out the combine machine when it gets stuck  as well as the smaller tractor with the commercial mower on it.  With all of the rain, the grass keeps on growing.  Denis said he has never seen the grass so green so late. 
Denis farms canola, wheat and flax.  He owns several thousand acres and  his brother Armand also owns several thousand acres and they work together to seed and harvest.  Usually by Canadian Thanksgiving which is Monday, the harvest is over.  As of today, the harvest is only about a third done.  The canola harvest was finished earlier in the week.  What usually takes only a few days took over a week due to the poor weather.  There was hail and rain and the swaths were scattered making it difficult to combine, and the canola was starting to sprout, which makes for a poor quality crop.  
The wheat harvest has started and the combining is going much faster, as the wheat has had a chance to dry out.  There are still over 300 acres to combine before the flax can be harvest. The mornings are humid so the combining usually doesn’t get started until mid morning when the dew has dried up which means the combining continues until well after dark.  Last night I took dinner out to Denis  and the drive back to the farm  in the dark was really eerie with all of the combine lights shining in the fields.  The push is on to get the harvest done before bad weather sets in.

Internet is non-existant.  Dial up is available but really, really, slow, so no pictures for now.  I'll be making a trip into "town" soon and some pictures posted.