Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Farmers and New beginnings...

The road is long from the intention to the completion.
                                            Moliere (Jean Baptiste Poquelin)


Early one Saturday morning I had a list of things to do a mile long that I thought I needed to complete. I had been keeping myself pretty busy, (possibly too busy) since my Mom had passed away. My Hero knowing this convinced me to go to another auction. He knew that the lost feeling I had been carrying around since her passing was not going to go away on its own. I had to get out there, and get back to my normal. We headed off. I smiled, knowing My Hero does understand me very well.


As soon as My Hero, Dios and I drove up I found myself staring at an immaculate barn. It, the red brick house, and the land itself had obviously been well loved and cared for. I searched for the owners and asked permission to take some photos. I assured them that I would try to not publish any pictures that could identify their place.


Once again and as usual I gravitated to that old barn and the old equipment that our hard-working ancestors had to work with. Admiration of how hard life was back then, and how difficult life could be, always makes me think about how lucky we truly are to live in this time.


There is one thing that happens at every farm auction that I have ever gone to. If you pick up something and while turning it over and over trying to guess what it was used for, ultimately, someone standing right beside you will tell you its name, and use. They will also tell you stories of their own, about their using that item. Old-timers have the best stories, I have always found.


While I was snapping photos a young woman and her daughter walked up to me. “I heard you were taking photos of the farm”. Yes I am, I replied. “Well, my husband and I are the new owners”. Congratulations. Do you mind if I take these photos? “Not at all”. I then asked the question that always pops into my head. Are you going to continue to farm it? “Yes we are”? Oh that made me smile and so happy knowing that these days that is not always the case. It is one thing to own, and live on a beautiful farm, and a totally different thing to farm, a beautiful farm. I shook her hand and told her how wonderful that was.


I remembered after we bought this old farm of ours, I tracked down the elderly farmer that had owned it and paid him a visit just to tell him we would continue to farm it. His big smile said it all. He now knew that his years, and years of blood, sweat and tears would not be in vain and that would be continued by a new generation of farmers. Always a wonderful thing in my eyes. Having farmed our farm for over 36 years, now I understand even more, than I did then, about how important that is to know.


After chatting with the lovely young woman, and wishing her family all the best, we parted ways. I then watched as she and her daughter walked down the long lane. They were looking from side to side admiring the land that was to be theirs very soon. I have no doubt, planning their upcoming future and dreams. I will never forget our own dreams of long ago, and how they did indeed come true.


New beginnings for everyone.


Later

29 comments:

  1. How nice that you got to talk to both the outgoing and the incoming farmers! :)

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  2. Tears here.
    Thank you.
    Continuity of use is a misunderstood marvel.

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  3. That's a lovely ending to see a farm continue as it was intended in the first place.
    Hope you are well.
    Hugs M xox

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  4. It's great to know that there are young people out there who want to farm YAY!

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  5. that is indeed good news that a young family bought the place and will continue to farm the land.

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  6. Very nice . . . knowing there are others that "continue the dream!"

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  7. That is a nice gift to give, assurances that your dreams continue, even with someone else at the helm.

    Thank you for stopping by and for you good wishes.

    Have a great day.

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  8. Lovely photos.
    We purchased our farm from an enlderly man, who grew up on the farm. He became a good friend of ours, and helped us out all the time.

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  9. Living on a farm brings with it a very different lifestyle. We have been at ours for 34 years and I'm sure many of our friends think we are nuts to take on the work that goes with it. Small potatoes compared to what you do.

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  10. that's wonderful. gave me chills, actually. :)

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  11. Old farms have wonderful souls and I love to see them honored :-).

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  12. Wonderful to hear they will continue to farm the land! And bless your sweet Hero...

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  13. Hi Buttons - So great that you're back out there going to auctions and embracing the farming lifestyle that you love so much. I really like this post and the idea of the farming tradition continuing. That is so important. Always nice for me to see what things in your neck of the woods look like too ... I'm seeing some nice green grass!

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  14. Grace that sense of continuity, of the passing of the torch, the renewal of the land is so important, and old farms should be farmed, not forgotten, or turned into fancy museums filled with artifacts from "the olden days."

    What a beautiful place to grow, to live, to be.

    Jen

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  15. it's been a great life so far b, i'm so happy you wrote this story. when i come here, i am reminded of the importance and traditions of farmers and farming. i hope, that we as a country carry on this legacy always!!!

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  16. It's so wonderful to see the tradition continue. 😀 I'm glad your Hero knows you so well and took you. And put that beautiful smile back in your heart.
    Cheri

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  17. God Bless you, Grace, for tracking down that gentleman. I'm sure it meant a lot to him to know his farm would be in good hands. And bless your Hero for knowing just what you needed! Take care.

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  18. I have goosebumps my friend; you play a larger part than you realise in that continuity, bless you!

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  19. A lovely story Butons and so glad to see you back here.

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  20. she needed to know your story as much as you needed to know hers. Perfect.

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  21. Good to see you got out to an auction B. I hope you have a good day today, with happy memories, and knitting!

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  22. Healing happens.....
    When I was clerking the auction the other day I was thinking of you as we auctioned off the ladders. They went cheap. It was a farm auction for a guy who has dementia, they finally got him into an extended care home and his wife is selling the farm. I wish I could buy it.

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  23. B,

    It's good your Hero suggested you go with him and Dios to a farm auction to raise your spirits and place a smile on your face.
    Farmers are what makes this country what it used to be.
    I couldn't help myself, I love this video narrated by Paul Harvey, God Made A Farmer
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMpZ0TGjbWE

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  24. You almost make me want to go out and purchase cattle for our meadow, but at 67 and 70 years we are too old to start that endeavor. We'll just stick with our pup and grandpup for the time being.Linda@Wetcreek Blog

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  25. You've shown some great antiques. I remember the grain cleaners that at one time were powered by hand. I remember the old seed drills which were powered by horses. Thanks for the memories.

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  26. Hello B, I hope you felt refreshed after your time at the auction. It was lovely that you could meet up with that young family who were starting a new farming life... she would've been filled with inspiration and extra enthusiasm after you'd expressed your interest.
    All the best to you, It was beaut to come back and read this your latest post. Hugs xx

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  27. That must have been pretty awesome to talk to the owner and the new buyers. It is so wonderful to hear that the farm would continue on.
    Have a blessed weekend, Grace.

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  28. For some reason, I have not seen a new post on my blogroll since last month.,strange? I read the previous post and was disappointed that I could not comment, about your trip to Hamilton. Lovely story and could visualized the images in my head. I will be back later to read this post and the next one.

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