Category Archives: Diary

Keenly Alive Fox – Wednesday November 1900

This might have been an easy day but for some sickness among the stock. There is gruel to make and much walking to and fro, out and in. Two feminine heads are not equal to one male but they are … Continue reading

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“Some of the Grandest Stoof” – Friday October 1908

Warm, foggy mornings that tempt the stacks to reek. The farmers are all saying that if they had expected a tack of fine weather, they would have left their corn out in the fields last week. One says that he … Continue reading

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Still Eight Loads to Bring In – Thursday October 1908

It was hoped that with the assistance of the three recruits, the field might have been cleared yesterday, but there were still eight or ten loads to bring in to-day. The boss got himself up in his coolest attire for … Continue reading

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What’s a Farmer to do? – Monday October 1908

Rain through the night and three whole days. Surely it was not too much to ask — for three dry days would have seen our fields cleared. The master and a boy away to the auction. It does not know … Continue reading

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Change may be for Good – Saturday October 1908

Heavy rain till mid forenoon then a big wind rises and scatters the clouds on our spirits as the blue sky appears. Who knows but the change may be for good. The air has a nip in it and there … Continue reading

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Ominous Patter on Windows – Friday October 1908

In spite of the complete absence of wind or sunshine this week, the grain is slowly drying and hope rises. That big field will be finished tomorrow…. In the darkness of the early morning, we hear an ominous patter on … Continue reading

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Heavy Sky and Moich – Thursday October 1908

The same heavy sky and close moich atmosphere. The girls out again and we have to carry dinner to the stack yard. A boy grins in anticipation as he carries a stone bottle of home made beer under each arm. … Continue reading

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Indian Summer – Wednesday October 1908

I suppose we shall have to call this our Indian summer — warm, soft still air and the sun obscured by mist and cloud and haze. A terror hangs over us that the heat will break into thunder rain. Every … Continue reading

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No Rain Since Sunday – Tuesday October 1908

It is a month since we have had such a remarkably dry spell. But the atmosphere is still, the sun dimmed and the corn, after such a prolonged soaking, is slow of drying. An extra hand that had been hired … Continue reading

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Puffing and Cut Fingers – Tuesday October 1900

The laboured “puff” of the engine and a confused whirring and thudding, betoken that churning and cutting and crushing are all proceeding at the same time. Who dreams that a farmhouse is a quiet place. From the barn comes one … Continue reading

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