Monday, March 3, 2014

It must be spring the Farmers are Gathering! (plus a Giveaway)

The great pleasure in life is
doing what people say you cannot do.
                                    Walter Bagehot


A sure sign of spring in my world would be that very first outdoor farm equipment auction listed in the newspaper, the one that all the farmers I know have waited patiently to see so they will have an excuse to gather round in large groups to visit with all the other farmers that have also been in an auction withdrawal from buying things they think they need, I think you know in my world it usually involves ladders. This has to be the first big social event of the season and I kid you not that is a big deal in these parts.

Watching two particular farm boys that continue to let me come along for the ride and watch them bring home many things they desperately need for whatever reason is a sure sign of my spring. It does not matter that the auction may be very far away and that there may still be a lot of snow on the ground or that it is still in the minus degrees out there, you can bet there will be droves of farm boys and a few brave farm girls there smiling and bidding. That big day came Saturday for me.

My Hero with a steaming cup of coffee and after the morning chores were finished sat with the paper in his hand reading the auction listing; he looked over to me and asks “What do you think? My reply, well it’s kind of cold out; this is when I heard the knock at the door. I ran to open it and there standing with a big grin and dressed in many layers was brother Dios. I knew what that meant, the question was answered. I invited brother Dios in and My Hero and I scrambled to get ready for the big event, I could see his silly grin too as he pulled on those warm lined coveralls.


I pulled on layers upon layers of clothing, and my Pink Cadillac’s, grabbed my camera and a warm fuzzy hat I had finished knitting last night, (a farm girl has to look good for her very first auction of the season). Now we were ready to go and off we went. I am pretty sure by this time we all had a silly grin on our faces and excitedly reminisced about past auctions and wondered what this one would be like and how many farmers would show up in this cold weather, knowing it does not really make one little difference to a farmer.

As we drove down the many snow-covered back roads I wondered why I was dressed up in those many layers and travelling so many counties over and listening to the boys conversations about what they would see, when I could be curled up in the warm house with a nice cup of coffee and a book. I thought about it and realized at this auction or any other auction for that matter it has never been about anything I have ever wanted or brought home it has always been about spending time with these two particular farm boys and seeing their silly grins as they may or may not get that piece of equipment they need or the tool that they need to fix it later. It's about mingling with the other farm girls and farm boys who are all so happy to get off their farms and mix with like-minded souls, listening to the stories of what works, what doesn’t work, lessons learned and helping each other make it through the good times and the bad, knowing in farming as in life there are always both sides.


I glanced over to see My Hero staring at me with that silly grin, yes this is all I needed, it is definitely my spring. Truthfully I think he was admiring my hat. You do know there is more to this auction story don't you?
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In celebration of my very first farm auction of the year and the fact that I wanted to give every one of you one of my knitted hats but finally realized I could not possibly do that, I have decided that I will draw two names for one of these one of a kind wonky hats that may or may not have been worn by Bossy2. I have an orange one and a pink one. Don’t worry I will wash them. If you would like a chance to win one of my hats I will be making a draw from names thrown in another hat from all the comments that come in. You must be a follower of this blog and leave a comment to be entered. 


 The hat may or may not be exactly like the one showing. I always wanted to say that. The contest closing will be Saturday March 8th at midnight (eastern standard).

(Sorry Canada and USA only please). THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED. THANK YOU,

This just in....... the winners will also receive a pair of Gramma Rosie's Famous Fleece Socks which are worn by Snowshoe racers around the world. Thanks Gramma Rosie.

 Don’t forget to specify which draw either for the PINK one or the ORANGE one. All you have to do is leave the colour choice in your comment I will figure it out; that will be fun. I will draw the names and announce the winners on next Mondays post.                                                                              
 I still wish I could mail everyone a hat. Good Luck.


Later

60 comments:

  1. Since I've already received one of your made-with-love knitted creations, I won't be entering -- but I do love that pink hat! Happy Monday B!

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  2. I love your hat! I won't enter, because my mom makes me a lot of knitted items (which I love!), and I have a collection going. It would be nice for someone else who doesn't have any to win :-)

    I love your auction stories.

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  3. Good Morning, Miss B! The first auction of the season sounds like fun. You are right these things are a social function in rural communities and vital to our lifestyle.

    When you draw my name, I will take the pink hat. lol!

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  4. I never wear hats, so please don't enter me into your draw. However if you were to knit some socks, I would be up front and centre!!!!

    I haven't seen any auction's advertised around here yet. Sure sign of Spring though when they start up.

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  5. What a generous offer and what a lovely example of 'hattery' you have shown us. I never wear hats so please don't enter me in the draw.

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  6. How wonderful Buttons, your first auction of the season!

    Please enter me in the drawing for the orange hat. My winter coat is blue. Orange and blue are the colors of the University of Illinois so I would really look spiffy!! :-)

    Have a wonderful week Buttons!

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  7. don't enter me as i don't do hats, but love your photo w/ the cow under it. :)

    and glad auction season is here once again!

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  8. A wonderful story . I love the way you write and tell it like it is . I haven't been to a farm auction for years I used to love going to them when I was kid with my dad when we were on our farm . I love your hats and if I was to win I wouldn't mind one bit if Bossy wore it just don't wash it after I love the smell of farm animals and miss it to be honest .Thanks for sharing I felt like I went with you, The sun is shining again WOOHOO ! Have a wonderful day ,

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  9. Ah, yes; the farm auction. The boys and girls gather. Though it means the someone is getting out of farming, perhaps having been foreclosed upon by the bank.

    Hmmmm. Knitted hats. What do you think a Bear would look like wearing a knitted hat? Do you think you could orange (or is it arrange?) to send me one? (Pink is so not my colour.) That would be so nice, thanks.

    BTW, it's a shame that the boys didn't buy you something special at the auction. Like a couple of horses, perhaps?

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  10. We are not having any auctions in our area yet! You guys must be a lot tougher than we are :)
    Think Spring!!!

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  11. What a nice giveaway, would you please enter me? I would like either color if I win. :)
    I am sure they would be such nice warm hats.
    I think that would be a totally fun way to spend the day. Even if it was really cold. Have a nice Monday.

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  12. Oh, yes, please enter my name in your drawing. Orange is the color, since my Hub is Dutch AND when it is hunting season here we need to wear orange clothing on our walks with Flip. Hugs, Linda@Wetcreek Blog

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  13. Ooooo...fun! I would love the chance to win one of your hats...either color would look nice with my blue coveralls, and I think my calves and chickens wouldn't care! Thanks Buttons!
    I loved your post...there is hope that SPRING will come, just like it does every year.

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  14. How fun! I love the orange colored one, not being into pink myself.

    So, a question for you, Buttons, do you consider yourself a rancher, or a farmer? To me, the city dweller, a rancher raises livestock, and a farmer plants crops.

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  15. Auctions are a big social event around here, and the hope of getting a good bargain. Great post, Buttons, I loved it!

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  16. Of course I would love one of your hats! Count me in. Maybe you should start selling them and let us pay the shipping fee.

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  17. Auctions and giveaways- my favourite things! My husband and I will be working an auction this spring, probably in May, the first one of the season. I love those silly grins you talk about, and how auctions are a social gathering. It isn't important to buy that perfect item, as long as you get some quality visitin' time in.
    I'd love to have one of your warm hats, pink will be fine- actually any colour would work, especially if it has Bossy2's seal of approval.
    I will be doing a giveaway on my blog this week too.No, I'm not copying you, I have been planning it for a while, to celebrate 300 followers.

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  18. Oh do I have to choose? They are both wonderful! I would love the orange/pink one. No? Okay, the orange one. Or the pink one. :)

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  19. I am definitely a pink hat girl. The auction sounds like a lot of fun. xo Laura

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  20. First auction of the season, fun! Great shot of the horses. I would like pink!

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  21. Ooooo, a Buttons hat!
    Sign me up for that!
    Orange would make me bouncy and happy!
    Oh dear, I've been spending too much time at Pat (Hatt's) sea.

    Auctions are definitely a social event here as well, and it's been sooo long since I've been to one.

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  22. Sounds like you know how to enjoy a winter auction. Even though it's a cold trip. :-)

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  23. Ooohh, I love pink and orange! Surprise me if I win. I'd love one worn by Bossy 2. :)

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  24. Sweet B,

    Auctions I love them, and your auction was a sure sign spring is right around the corner.

    What a beautiful give-away, please place my name in the hat for the give-away. I would love any color pink or orange.

    Sending hugs your way :-)

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  25. i knew you were going to the auction, i think you knew it as well ;)

    i don't need a new hat....BECAUSE I ALREADY HAVE ONE!!!! YaY!!!

    lucky me, i LOVE mine and i love bossy's picture!!

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  26. Hi there B, I won't be entering because of location, but wanted to comment anyway.
    Happy First Auction of the season!! They really are a place of getting-together aren't they. I could feel your excitement and your new hat looks lovely :D)

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  27. Oh glad I chose now to try to catch up on blogs- hate to say I've been so busy enjoying the sun and heat here in Fla - cause that will probably take me out of the running!! But I'll be home the end of March and well you can imagine Maine will have quite a few more wks of cold! Love the pic of the horses in the snow! Beautiful ! Hope all is well- I think of u often B and the recent loss of ur brother........ Be well.
    Rain

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  28. Farm auctions seem to be a thing of the past here. The rural population has become very small.

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  29. Great story today, Buttons! I like the orange one as I do love wearing hats.

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  30. Hooray, a sign of spring! That means it's surely on the way. Right?!

    I'm so excited for your giveaway! You are much kinder than I am including the US as well! I would love the pink if my name is drawn. I follow your blog via google friend connect. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  31. How fun! I totally want to enter your contest and would love either hat. Thank you. It doesn't sound so much like spring your way yet but most assuredly it is coming. I love your lifestyle. Sandra

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  32. I would love to win a pink Button hat!
    Did you come home with any ladders?

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  33. Oh, please throw my name in the hat!

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  34. It is good to hear a happier tone in your post...Spring is on the way.

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  35. Welcome Spring. Love your hat. Looks wonderful.

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  36. I haven't seen any signs for auctions around here yet. That doesn't mean there haven't been any, it just means I haven't seen any ads for them. ;)

    Either colour hat sounds great to me!

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  37. Oh you are clever knitting those hats. Your mum must be so proud of you, as I am :)
    Lovely that you got out to socialize. Hugs M xx

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  38. Looking at that line of trucks and cars parked at the side of the road, I see how important this auction must have been...
    I love the last image, of the hat on the fence. I would like pink, if I win, please...

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  39. I for one am happy that the farmers auctions are back in swing ~ bring on Spring farmer men , plow it here.
    I know there is a story behind those horses that have their buggy gear on there in the snow on too !
    Loving your hats and I am a true hat wearing girl so count me in on the giveaway B. :))
    Smiles,
    Willow

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  40. A pink hat would be wonderful you kind lady. auctions are fun and i think just being with neighbors and such is the winning ticket anyway.
    MB

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  41. Buttons, I need one of those toques! I promise to love it, pronounce it correctly -- perhaps even name it and write about it!

    Pearl

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  42. p.s. My coat, aka the sleeping bag I wear, is a chocolate brown. My eyes are green and my nose is red. :-)

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  43. Oh Miss Buttons, I would love, love, love to have one of your hats - preferably the orange one :) Thank you so much for doing this giveaway so we can delight in the kindness and warmth of your knitting!

    Hope you are well, and staying warm :)

    Hugs!!!
    Mandi

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  44. oh buttons!! i love your hats!! i would love to be entered! :)

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  45. I love your enthusiasm for seeing the farm boys and their silly grins! You know, old wooden ladders make great herb gardens when you lie them on the ground. And wooden step ladders look great with potted flowers, too! Maybe you should start bidding on those ladders, Buttons!
    Seeing we are already having near 60 degree weather and I am breaking out the spring clothes, I will let someone else win one of your charming hats. Hugs xo Karen

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  46. I'm so happy to hear spring is on it's way. I hope the auction was fun. Pink! :-)

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  47. I would love the opportunity to win one of your gorgeous hats. (The socks sound great, too.) Please enter me for the orange one.
    Don't tell Bossy2 her hat is going on a head besides hers!
    What a wonderful time the first auction of the year must be.

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  48. PINK! And I would love love love to win!

    But really, the constellation prize of having you as blogging pal is better than even the best hat. :)

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  49. Ooooh pick me pick me! I want the pink one! I always wear hats...well...in the cccold winter months anyway. Fun give a away Buttons!

    Cindy Bee

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  50. Orange one would be great.....jut a side note...My husbands idea of adate is an auction of one kind or another...sheep/goats,cattle, equipment etc. I don't care much as I like auction too...

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  51. I would be thrilled and proud to don either the orange or pink hat. I love reading about your life on the farm in Canada, my homeland. Keep it up and remember, spring must follow winter!

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  52. Dropping by from Random 5 friday. Wish I could knit like that. Love the shape.

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  53. I'm a city girl but, after moving to New Zealand, my life has taken quite the country turn! I can appreciate tractors and pastures--no, they are called paddocks here--and the things that go with them!

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  54. I'm in a rush going to a training session this morning on Community Emergency Response. So I will come back to read this later. Thank you so much for mentioning the hat draw. I would so love a chance to win one of your gorgeous creations. And, PINK, definitely pink. Thanks for making me aware of this.

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  55. If a fella living in a neighbouring county is permitted. I'd proudly wear orange.

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  56. I'd lost your feed but now I've found it again.....woohoo. I love the hat....but lets hope we won't have to be wearing warm fuzzy's until NEXT winter ;)

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  57. Well I subscribed before I knew of the giveaway but for some reason they refuse my photo, gotta wonder about that there is nothing I would love more than one of your tuque any colours, usually though when there's a give-away they always say Canada but not Quebec, apparently when you win anything there are so rules that Quebec insist on, but this is not a contest but a give away does that mean that I have a chance, 'cause I'd be thrilled thank you so much for the chance

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  58. Forgot to say I love the photo of the horses, I never leave home without my camera, :)

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