Thursday, April 18, 2013

Here a Ladder There a Ladder!

Material blessings, when they pass beyond the category of need,
are weirdly fruitful of headache.
                            Philip Wylie


I am pretty sure most of you know what this title means, yes it is that time of year again when My Hero goes to auctions to search out ladders so he can climb up on that darn barn roof and I go with him to search out stories and photographs. He will never change and I probably will not either.


I lucked out this time there were two barns on this property, one was painted an old shade of red planked barn and the other was an old natural weathered barn both holding different charms of their own. Barn seekers like myself can always find charm in every barn and these ones were in not too bad of shape for their age.


This auction has everyone bundled up with lined coveralls (I forgot mine), toques (I had mine on) and warm boots (you know which ones were on my feet). By the end of the auction I had pulled an oversize old sweatshirt of My Hero’s out of the pickup and was wearing it over top of everything I had on, yes it was that cold. You can bet I will be better prepared for the next auction coming up this Saturday.
I am sitting on a rock, the cold north wind is blowing and I wondered for just a moment why I had come. I have circled the auction twice now and taken many photos with my frozen little fingers, things I liked at angles I liked and now sitting here on this rock looking at them I know why.


I glance over to the right and see five damaged wimpy ladders leaning on an old wet rail fence, I smile knowing they will not be coming home with us this trip, and for that I am grateful. I can see My Hero and brother Dios huddled in the middle of the crowd bidding on who knows what. I never know till we head home and I look in the back of the pickup, when you get those two boys together you never know.
There is not too much here that I am interested in so I sit here on this rock and watch the mostly men, some had dragged their wives or girlfriends along, they were checking under the hoods of the tractors and going through bins of nuts and bolts and tools. I think to myself would it be too much to ask for a farm auction with some household items to grab my attention?


I am sitting near the canteen I can feel the heat coming from the fryers as I watch those smothered with mustard and onion sausages on a bun pass by in the hands of smiling auction goers. The smell transports me back to the auctions last year at this time when it was warm and sunny, I wonder if those days are near, a little sun and warmth would make this a more enjoyable auction for sure.

I guess I will head over and stand in the middle of the crowd and get out of this biting wind. I pull myself up off that rock near the canteen, I can see My Hero’s hat in the middle of the huge crowd of ball caps, hoodies and toques. On second thought I think I will go sit in the pickup out of this biting wind.


 No ladders today, but I notice there is a yellow and red contraption in the back of this pickup already. I am told later that it is a spoon, OK that means nothing to me but I am told we needed it.


For all who are as curious as I was as to what a spoon is used for I did a little "digging" it is called an excavating spoon and is used for digging in post holes for fencing It has a very long handle with a round spoon shape shovel at the end. I guess we really did need it.  My photos did not turn out. B

Later



40 comments:

  1. Love those old barns and your pictures! My husband loves to go to things like that, and I do the same as you. There's always something fun to see!

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  2. Oh but those barns! :-)

    Stay warm B, not much longer now.

    Hugs
    Andrea

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  3. Hi I'm so sorry that I haven't been around for awhile. I've really missed reading all your stories! I so relate to all you've written. I, too used to go to farm sales with my husband and wander round first of all looking at the cows (that is why we were there) but then ending up looking at lots of rusty tools that only a man could love!! I enjoyed meeting other wives too. Oh.... yes...the smell of the tea wagon and all the onions and burgers.....very tempting!! We, too, would end up with lots of 'rusty bits' that I was told were very necessary and would come in useful!! You've really brought back memories .... thanks!
    Loved your pictures,too, particularly those of the barns!
    I've so enjoyed your blog today....actually I always do.... Joan

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  4. I always love the smell of the food being prepared at these auctions. Yum! You may have to show us the spoon -- I have no idea what that is either!

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  5. Well as long as you need it lol. It can be bitterly cold at those country auctions and very few places to get out of the wind for some reason. Why do they pick the most wide open wind swept area to have them and WHY aren't there any things that would interest the girls?

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  6. He he he, my blog post today will be about old barns! Would be so amazing to actually have two of them! I love barbs in Canada!

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  7. If a spoon is the same as a "slip" you will find many uses for it.

    You did not need pictures. Your words painted the scene beautifully.

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  8. You really lucked out and got some nice barn pictures. My Hubs hits yard sales and he always finds something we need.

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  9. wow, it doesn't seem like it's auction time already..where has the time gone?! great barns there!

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  10. Well hopefully next time there will be some ladders (and housewares!)

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  11. It has been bone-chilling cold lately, that's for sure. But the photos you took are worth it. :))

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  12. Oh, I meant the photos were worth shivering for. :)

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  13. I love old barns!
    We have a few around here, a lot of them falling down. I would love to have wood barns.

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  14. Those old barns are wonderful! Great photos!

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  15. The unpainted barn reminds me of a shaggy mane mushroom.
    My husband has a side job as an auctioneer, he works with an auctioneer and spells him off when the guy needs a break- I think Ted does a better job ;) We are working an auction on Saturday, I do the clerking.

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  16. We could use that spoon around here! I always enjoy your photos/stories about attending local auctions. Something I love to do, but don't always have the time for.

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  17. love the barns and that FENCE!

    i really liked the photo of the guys standing in the 'bidding' circle. the last time i was home to wisconsin (over 6 yrs ago), i went to an auction of a friend of my brothers'. it was like a mini family reunion with 2 of my brothers, 1 nephew, 2 grand-nephews, and 2 cousins and their wives! plus my sis and bil that i went with. :)

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  18. I like that big red barn! A lot of barns in our area are close to tha colour. A spoon huh?

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  19. I have never been to a farm auction, but you describe it to make me feel I was there. And we had some fun.... Taking pictures of wonderful old barns.

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  20. Glad you were able to get pictures of the barns. I don't like being out in the cold. Hopefully it will be warmer for the next auction and there will be some household items there.

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  21. I think they should have household items at these auctions to get the interest of the women! I wouldn't know what most of the equipment was used for!

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  22. B,

    Darn those auctions and ladders, lol....

    Beautiful pictures to this post and your words are always amazing.

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  23. The farm auction sounds interesting. Love those contrasting barns you captured. Hope the cadillac boots kept your toes warm! My, that sounds so cold!

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  24. I'm glad you added that last part...I was wondering too, what a "spoon" was! Now that you described it, I know exactly what it is! I'd probably just call it a fence post digger! :)

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  25. Ah you know spring has arrived when the auctions start happening on a weekly basis!

    (and wheres that picture of you looking like "kenny" from South Park? LOL)

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  26. Lovely barn shots. I am sure there are many interesting things to photograph at an auction sale. Treasures!

    I would NOT have fun standing out in the cold and wind.

    It was a windy 24* during chores this am. That was not fun either. The Rancher took pity on my and let me warm up, nice guy!

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  27. Oops, I misread and thought those were your barns. Glad to find a fellow barn lover though!

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  28. Thanks goodness for a spoon and not a ladder this time, B! Now if you could put an even longer handle on that spoon though, your Hero could just stir that barn roof instead of having to climb up on it;) Hugs! xx

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  29. Brings to mind all the gazillions of pies and cakes I baked for auctions, fish fries, etc... when I was younger!

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  30. You have a little adventure everywhere you go, and I love reading about them! I haven't been to an auction since I was a little girl and I went with my parents. I loved looking at all the things available, and usually hot dogs or some other food was available. A fun way to spend a morning. Thank you for sharing the photos. Love the barns!

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  31. Great looking barns! They definitely should make sure there are some housewares at those auctions to keep the ladies occupied! :)

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  32. The farm auction sounds interesting, and I think I want one of those sausages. I probably don't need a spoon, though - but glad you got one!

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  33. Thanks for taking us along to this sad/interesting activity. Are these auctions from foreclosed farms? Too bad no ladders, maybe next time. Hope it warms up there soon. Hugs xoxo

    Thank you for your sweet condolences. xoxo

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  34. The old barns sure have character and could tell some stories. Shame about the cold wind!

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  35. The barns reminded me of the barn on the farm where I grew up. Lots of work was down in and around that old barn.

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  36. Be safe with ladders & I do remember 'laders'...freezing here today going to get to 15C brrr, hasn't got there yet :) hugs M xx

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  37. Great barn finds and I love auctions!

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  38. oh b, don't ever change....don't ever want to!! I think I would love to attend a farm auction!!

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  39. Wow...you touched my heart with this post.....Oh how I love old Barns!! I enjoyed.....Blessings~~~Roxie

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  40. Those barns are both interesting!!! Maybe you need an auction like the one where they will be selling off all the stuff from my parents' house...

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