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Yesterday was a big day for the farm.  The latest addition was delivered!

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A 1967 Massey Ferguson 135.

I have been thinking about getting my own tractor for quite a while.  It is smaller than Brother Tom’s John Deere, so will fit through the gate into the sheep pen easier, allowing me to take care of the pile of manure.

It is big enough to lift the round hay bales, so I will be able to keep the feeders full this winter, and if I add a blade on the back I can keep my yard and driveway clear of snow.

Of course, this all  depends on my ability to actually drive the tractor.

I had my first lesson yesterday, from the master tractor driver himself, Brother Tom.

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It is very different from driving a car, or a quad.  The gas pedal (well it’s actually a lever) is on the steering wheel.  It sorts of acts like cruise control.  Set the lever where you want it, and away you go.  No need to keep a foot on a pedal. There are 3 gears, 1st, 2nd and 3rd, and 2 ranges, low and high.

So far I haven’t gone beyond 1st gear in high.  That was fast enough to cruise down the driveway and back.

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I see Odin is keeping his distance…smart dog!

My first job…taking a load of material to our burn pile.  I piled the boxes in the loader, drove out the driveway and down through the field, across the hay-field, up the road to the new seeding, and stopped in front of the pile.  I raised the bucket higher, tilted it a bit, and it all fell out.  No need to climb out and unload!  Then I backed away from the pile (yes I figured out reverse) and away I went back home.

A successful first trip!

Then I slowly (very slowly) reversed into the pole shed.  There is enough room beside the hay to park the tractor.

Have you ever had a dream as a child where you had something really special?  You know the kind of dream where you wake up in the morning and run outside to see the pony, or the bike, and then remember it was only a dream?

Well that was how I felt this morning…first thing I did when I got up was look out the window and see if it was true.

Was there really a tractor parked in my shed?

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Yes there was!

Wonder what we will do today?

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The hay is off the field and in the barn once again.  We opened the gate to the hay fields, called the cows, and it didn’t take long before they were enjoying the new field.

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This was all new to the calves…they followed their mothers with curiosity.

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Then it was the sheep’s turn…if only Callie had been patient enough to wait for the open gate.

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Our daily walks have been happening early in the morning.  It is just too hot later in the day.  Look what we found down at the lake yesterday.

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The daisies are still abundant, even in this heat.

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Many years ago I lived in a small community and one of my walks took me past a small acreage with a beautiful field in front.  This field was always covered in daisies in the summer.  I used to dream of someday buying and living on that piece of property…just for the daisies.

The daisy fields I walk through now are ten times the size of my dream home.

Isn’t it funny how things work out…

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Everywhere I look I see the signs of summer.

Little birds ready to leave the nest.

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Daisies, daisies everywhere.

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Odin hot and shedding his winter coat.

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Cows and calves sleepily watching and waiting for something.

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Fields of fresh mown hay.

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Lambs have turned into sheep.

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Julie is looking a lot like her mother, Callie.

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The beauty of hot summer skies.

IMG_0001_5There is no mistaking it…summer is here.

 

 

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