Friday, July 11, 2014

Fair weather days….possibly!

He who can at all times sacrifice pleasure to duty approaches sublimity.
                                        Johann Kasper Lavater


Well now, the weather is certainly not cooperating as far as this whole get the haying started, get going then get it done thing because we once again had a very heavy rain storm last night that dumped an ocean of water into those beautiful full thick mixed clover and alfalfa now lying flat fields…… so what’s a girl to do?

She starts trying not to worry about the things she cannot change and take a little solace in the fact that since there will be no hay to bale that I will be able to go to the local county fair, sometimes a girl just has to do what the universe is pushing her to do, pay attention to those signs. Meaning, to make the best of an uncontrollable situation you must enjoy the gift that comes from that particular situation no matter what happens knowing or at least hoping things always seem to work out in the end…….. right?


OK now that the whole worrying about the hay thing is on hold I have been thinking and dreaming of the fair, oh yes the fair. I love the fair I have been going to this fair ever since I can remember. All that exciting fun, the delicious enticing food, the reunion with those childhood friends and neighbours of long ago and every single memory that springs forth, I look forward to it all. I am going to enjoy every moment I can while poor My Hero may possibly be cutting hay, I said possibly. No hay down or at least cut down meaning no baling required meaning no working for me, so I truly have to go, it would be silly not to.

I remember last year when the hay was well on its way so My Hero and I were able to enjoy the fair together, the tractor pull being his favourite, the pie the church ladies were selling being mine. The aroma of gas and diesel fuel mixed with deafening noises for him and that smell of the delicious lemon meringue pie and those conversations with old friends for me…. huh you decide.


Oh how I look forward to the parade where all the village people pull themselves out of their houses with coffee cups in their hands, children at their feet and stand lining the street watching a parade that marches every year rain, well not rain, but definitely shine, where generations of families have come since the beginning of time to watch. This is where my mind drifts and I wonder if my Mom will be sitting there with a huge smile on her face enjoying every moment and my knowing she is remembering those fairs of long ago too, we shall see.


There are the horse pulls and tractor pulls and wagon pulls with young parents pulling wagons full of smiling children with dirty faces and hands clinging to sticky pink cotton candy. There are onions being peeled behind the scenes by workers preparing for those greasy best I ever had hamburgers that will be consumed by all, in turn bringing more memories of long ago.


The amusement rides that scare and delight those brave enough to climb aboard. The merry go round will turn every year and the tea cups will spin, much like those memories that spin in my head while immersed in this whirlwind of activity that happens every year rain or shine, OK maybe not rain.


There will be shouts of “Win your sweetie a prize” and those first dates when thoughts of trying to impress taking the money of those who may or may not be skilled enough to show their girl with her smile that they do indeed care. Oh yes the noise, the smells, the games, and the rides, the memories that will be made and relived over and over all because the rain let this farm girl go do what she needs/wants to do.


I can do this I just know it. Sorry My Hero if it turns out you have to cut while I play be safe and see you later, I’ll bring you back some cotton candy and a few photos.

So Mother Nature, if you don’t mind could you please bring on the haying weather? I am surprisingly OK with this slight delay but there is that whole upcoming wedding remember........ Mmmmm pie.


Later

32 comments:

  1. Well, I hope you get nice weather for haying, but I'd really like for you to have the opportunity to enjoy the fair, too! You have a wonderful attitude to not stress about that which you can't control!

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  2. I hope you got to enjoy the fair and also that the fields will dry out so the hay can be cut. As you know, we had tropical storm/almost hurricane Arthur barrel through New Brunswick last Saturday. There are 2 large dairy farms in our community that are running things with generators as the power is still out - 6 days and counting! I think they got a lot of their haying done the week before though which is a good thing. I hope it dries out for you. Blessings, Pam

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  3. Our county fair is next week. The primary focus is 4-H exhibits, but I will probably enter some open class photography. I'm also the superintendent for the 4-H foods and nutrition project entries, which will get judged next Wednesday. We don't have a carnival, but there are other family-friendly activities each evening, as well as livestock judging, dog agility contests, etc. And, yes, the concession stand features pie!

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  4. Mmmmm pie! Enjoy your pie and conversations with your neighbours; I'm sure you'll be baling hay soon enough...
    Sending you hugs and a wish for sunny weather (after you've had your pie).

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  5. What fun it was to read you and remember summer time county fairs, parades and family times. I remember one parade at the lake, near a very small village where the parade would happen in five minutes so they would turn around and parade through town again! Short, sweet and filled with all the bells and whistles of summertime fun!

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  6. hamburger w/ lots of onions, please!

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  7. We don't get fairs anymore...not like before I'm suddenly craving , waht? oh yes pie...your life, you must really love it, hang in there

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  8. I love the fair, and yours sounds like fun! There's just something about community, and the smells are tantalizing! I'll have a piece of that lemon meringue pie, please! (Around here it would be Shoofly Pie)

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  9. I used to love going to the fairs when I was younger.

    I hope the weather begins to co-operate for you soon!

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  10. I haven't been to a Fair in years but I remember them well. Hope the wedding plans are going smoothly and the haying isn't long delayed.

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  11. It's been a long long time since I went to a fair but I do remember the smell of fying onions and the happy noise.

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  12. Have fun, Buttons. 95 degree F down here in Louisiana, and I have to go finish my weed whacking before dark. Would like some of your cooler weather ;))) Linda@Wetcreek Blog

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  13. Most people have no idea of how a farmer is controlled by weather and that the farmer must do the best with what she's got.

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  14. Hope the weather stays dry long enough for you to bale that hay. So that you can enjoy planning and getting ready for that wedding. When is it happening again? I loved fairs when I was a child. Wonderful images!

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  15. I love fair food! Nothing like it and it always brings back great memories for me.

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  16. You've dipped into my memories.

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  17. Oh yes, the fair. Although I am city born and bred, the fair was always an exciting event. Well, at least in my childhood days. The Western Fair was once a great country fair. Too bad that nowadays it's not so much fair as midway and mini strip mall!

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  18. The fair looks inviting. Hope it stops raining long enough for the hay to dry....hugs M xx

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  19. I hope you got to go and enjoy the fair and now the fields have dried out so you can bale hay!
    Have fun getting ready for that wedding!

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  20. So thow long does it take for the grass to dry? Enjoy the fair;)

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  21. It is fair time around our fair state also : ) You captured the essence of it well.

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  22. I miss county fairs - I haven't been to one in a very long time! I love the pic of the horses! I am sure hay weather will be along soon! We have had rather a cool week here too.

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  23. B,

    I so miss going to the state fair, we haven't gone in years. I love watching the kids with the FFA and their animals. All the homemade craft items and the food.

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  24. Visiting because of Mimsie's shout-out. And my goodness you have triggered some memories. We call them 'shows' here - and the annual show in rather a lot of places I lived was a huge treat. I always loved (and marvelled at) the beauty of the preserving. Fruits cut into beautiful shapes and carefully packed in glass jars where they shone like jewels...

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  25. wonderful memories of the local fair! it's been too long for me...

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  26. The annual fair and all those yummy aromas. Hope the weather is cooperating up your way.

    /moi

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  27. Such wonderful things to see and do at the fair!

    But going without your Hero? Tut, tut!

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  28. I'm churning butter at the county fair but what I live for are the draft horse pulls...love those big butt horses!

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  29. Looks like a fun fair! A hamburger with a thick onion on it would taste delicious, right now. :-) We got a pouring rain here today. I hope it stays down this way so you can get the haying done up there.

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  30. Popped over via your comment at Mimsie's blog, so pleased she nominated you in this blog tour. I'm intrigued by the idea of cows wearing hats, which is something you do occasionally, make hats and put them on the cows.
    I love your account of the fair, like Elephant's Child said, we call them shows over here. I haven't been to one in many, many years, I dislike all the noise and dust and the mingled food smells. The combination of those brings on a fierce headache, so I'm happy to forego the show in favour of a calm head.

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  31. I love county fairs, although ours is becoming more commercial and less country county fair. I am hoping to get to my favorite one this year - or even my second favorite. Your photographs bring on such longing.

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