A blog about… well, harvest!

Can you imagine sitting in a huge, rumbling header, day after day, picking up these rows? Well that’s what the boss does when harvest starts! These are our oats (not wild ones, I promise!) The boss has spent the last day and half swathing them, which means he cuts them from a standing crop, into…

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Ready, set… stop!

We were so ready to start harvest today. Yep, we were. Yesterday the boss said that he’d be swathing the oats and then start harvesting standing barley… depending on what the moisture was. (Can’t harvest if the moisture inside the grain is too high – it doesn’t store well.) So, even though we knew there…

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The changing colours of the season

It’s nearly harvest – in fact some of the farmers to the north of us, have already started. Harvest indicates, to me, that summer is here. Long hot days, snakes, flies, strong seas breezes (if we’re lucky!) in the afternoons, the rumbling of trucks and headers at any time of the day or night… and…

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The Edit!

I love getting the first clean, fresh, pages, back from Allen and Unwin – it looks like a book and is ready to read. It’s like starting again and seeing the book through fresh eyes. This edit was particularly difficult for me. We were going flat chat with harvest and I had a deadline to…

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Harvesting

[flickrvideo]http://www.flickr.com/photos/fleurmcdonald/4113399297/[/flickrvideo] When we did the first edit for Blue Skies, we got to the part about harvest and Ali asked me to insert what a header was. Now, I’m sure most of you who jump on here to have a look know what a header is! But, just in case there are any city folk who…

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Season finishes

Our season has come to an abrupt end. There wasn’t any gradual change in the grass as there can be some years. It went from green to golden in the space of about three days! Now is the time that my love/hate relationship starts with summer. I am not a fan of hot weather –…

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The old and the new

Today was a very exciting day! Our brand new toy, a John Deere tractor, was delivered. Tractors are such a huge part of our farming life – I think, either Anthony, I or our workman, are in one every day! If we’re not feeding hay with it, we’re spraying, seeding, pulling the chaser bin, carting gravel,…

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Let there be hay

Check out our beautiful looking oats crop. In another five or six weeks it will probably be as tall as my chest! It’s about then we head into it with the mover and cut it all down in rows. Then we leave it to cure (dry out), rake it and start baling. Haymaking is a…

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Mrs Inkster’s Giant Pumpkin!

We live in very fertile country as this photo shows! I can’t believe the size of this pumpkin – just imagine how much pumpkin soup it would make or how many people it could feed! And I have to tell you, it’s not the only giant one in the patch. There’s four! Along with other…

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Profusion of Peaches

I love stone fruit and we are lucky to have moved to a house with a delicious peach bearing tree. Big, fat, juicy ones! Trouble is, the tree is completely overloaded, so much so that one of the branches broke off about two weeks ago. Also the fruit all ripens at around the same time!…

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This is more like it!

There is a sense of urgency in the air in the Condingup/Beaumont area! After a half a day harvesting, yesterday dawned bright and warm and there are trucks, headers and chaser bins moving on most of the farms in the district. The golden glow of the stubbles that have already been harvested are taunting the…

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Beaumont Bin Beauties

This week I made two trips to the Beaumont Bin (which is one of the outlying silos that grain is delivered to once harvest starts) to have the moisture in our grain tested. Tarren is one of three beauties working there, testing the moisture, checking the specifications and giving the truckies a bit of lip…

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