Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The International Plowing Match! My Way!

They may grind their souls in the self-same mill,
   You may bind them,heart and brow;
But the poet will follow the rainbow still,
    And his brother will follow the plow”.

                              John Boyle O'Reilly

Well I must say I never seen one plowing competition, there was so much to see and do, and I never had a chance. I am positive if you wanted to see everything you would really have to go more than the one-day.
 My Hero, brother D, sister J, and myself drove to Hawkesbury Ontario just across the
 Riviere des Outaouais /Ottawa River, (it sounds so nice in French) is the Province of Quebec. It
is  a small bi-lingual town.  Most of the signs on businesses are in French and English.

  We arrived late Friday night and explored the little town in the dark. OK we may have been a
little lost. We arrived at our hotel and checked in to our non-smoking room, we opened the door,
wow a very smelly smoking room for sure. This was the only room left so we made do. We
were disappointed with the smell, but the suite was a very nice room for four.
 Early to bed, early to rise, off to a quick free breakfast, I broke the waffle machine I guess that
was my way of secretly protesting the smelly room J.

 Pop into the van now drive the short drive to the match site. Beautiful huge farm fields
surround this place, as we approach the site we notice large white tents, trailer homes, and lots of
porta potties. We park the van and make our way to the line up of tractors with bale wagons that
 will transport us to the tented city. We jump on a wagon being pulled by an old blue Ford tractor
instead of the nice new shiny Case IH My Hero would have loved. We bounce and jerk our way to the entrance. This is where the real fun begins.

 I am so happy to have M’s camera I would have been miserable if I did not have one. The photographers dream shots would have been only sealed in my memory only to fade over time. This would happen no matter how hard I tried to hold on to them, I am sure.

 Animals of all kinds are here, cows, sheep, goats, horses, and my favourite baby pigs. I wish I could share all my photos with you but that would be impossible. I will share some of my favourites. Machinery of all kinds, some I have seen, others I have no idea even what they were.

 We visited almost every tent in the first row, gathering free pens (something I use a lot of), cloth bags, apples and other promotional goodies. The people are so friendly “Bonjour”  “Hello” depending on your answer they would speak English or French. Amazing how easy it is for them to do this, I wish I were bi-lingual.
  Sister J and I leave the men at the old tractors, and old equipment, we head on our way to check out other things of interest. There is a lot of machinery here, My Hero was very interested in these very fast tractors.

  After an ice cream cone at the Got Milk tent, J, and I find ourselves at the Conservation and Natural Resources tent, we want to see the Bird’s of Prey live show. The Kestral Falcon is a fairly small bird with an appetite for rodents, making him very beneficial around your farm. I pick up plans to build a house. I would love to see more of them around the farm I have seen a few.

 The Golden Eagle in comparison is a massive bird. This is the male his female partner is twice the size or more. A male Golden Eagle can take down a Rabbit where as the Female can take down a Coyote (I could use her in calving season) or any large animal. She is an excellent hunter and this is probably because she is a Mom and knows how to take care of her family. The trainer explains that if you go to You Tube and do a search for Golden Eagle hunting prey, you can see how they are used in different countries for their skills. I did watch a couple, incredible, but may offend some of you. It is Nature and that is how Nature works.

 Oh so much to share so little time. See you tomorrow.



  1. Great post. That sounds like an awesome event.

  2. A bit of everything in this post sounds like you had a great time.

  3. Ahh...my hubby would love to leisurely look at those old machines! Sounds like a neat place and a fun time...it's fair week here, so we're off to collect our bag full of free pens too! :)

  4. The eagle is splendid!

    Looks like a great, fun time.

  5. Stunning pictures! Looks like loads of fun, too.

  6. Looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing! Love the eagle!

  7. We have a birds of prey show at our local museum. The Golden Eagle is massive. It doesn't matter how many times we've seen it, it's still a favorite part of our visit.

    Blessings, Debbie

  8. wow, i could use a couple of female golden eagles around here too - damn coyotes... :)

  9. glad you follow both rainbow and plow! And I'm glad you had M's camera so you could take us along. That must have been a super fun adventure. My guy would have loved to see all the machines. When we see such things at county and state fairs he can put names to all the big motors by the sounds, even though his specialty is tiny electronic thingies.

    Haha about your passive aggressive protest to the stinky smoke room. We used to laugh at how the motels would change their smoking rooms to non-smoking by turning the ash trays upside down.

  10. Sounds like a great event -- with lots to see. :)

  11. discovering - lost, what's the difference?!? it provides great blog material!!

    that eagle is massive....

  12. I have never been to a plowing match. They sound like great fun!

  13. OH WOW that bird! i would be so trilled to have a bird like that on my arm!!

    And my father in law still does the plowing competition. In Holland they are still very popular. He doesn't quite use as old of tractor as you are showing but they are still antiques.

    Great post! Thanks

  14. Thanks for responding to my blog. Sounds like you had a fantastic time.

  15. My brother and his friend were exhibitors at the Plowing Match this year. It was a first time visit for both of them and they LOVED it.
    I heard it is going to the in the Kitchener area next year which is a little far for us, but hopefully it will come further east in 2013!


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