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Monday, January 21, 2013

A Few Memories of Winter On The Farm

I found old photos of me on our little hobby farm when I was a kid and wanted to share them with you . My parents were just starting out farming when I was 2 years old . In this photo I am with my dad and our new young Holstein bulls , yes we lived off of our live stock  of cattle , sheep ,  chickens eggs and veggie gardens  and had pets of dogs, cats , horses , geese and the odd rabbit . Back then my mum was a home maker what they call homesteading now a days . Mum did canning , freezing and baking  , she also did knitting ,sewing crochet and embroidery  .

           Yes we named all our animals these two Holstein bulls were appropriately named

                                                                Steak & Hamburger !


Later on in the years my dad switched to raising  Herefords .


These are our horses the closest to the camera here is our boy Tardy now he got his name cause he took for ever to be born . The horse in the background is Gypsy a beautiful blue grey liver coloured rome, rare to see now a days in winter she was dark and shaggy .

       When I got older I had my own pony named Clyde a lovely welsh gelding !  Here Clyde and I had just finished our ride ! Clyde was raised as a hack pony so I had to retrain him to be ridden and how to make turns with out cross walking as though he was still pulling a cart or wagon . I also rode him bare back and trained him in equestrian , we couldn’t afford an English saddle !

Clyde and Elaine


This is  my old dog a Hungarian Vizsula  named Bessie with me she was a bird dog my dad and I took hunting and a great bird dog she was .


My brother and I getting ready to play hockey on our home made ice rink that was in the front yard dad made for us !


My mum always wearing her hand made aprons or piny  as we call them under her lumber jacket even when feeding the chickens !


This rooster was named Alfred he had a stump for one of his legs as he was born like that but he was quite the character , he always loved to hobble up our front steps in side to our kitchen peek around the corner and off he would go out again it was funny !


                              My dad  ,the funniest farmer I have ever known always the joker  !


This is how I remember the winters here in Ontario ! One year that door on the right of the photo was completely imbedded in a huge snow drift to the top of the roof it was about 15 feet and when we opened the door there was the door print left in the snow  and had to dig from the inside outwards ! The country roads were closed down for days and cars and trucks had to be left and the only vehicles that made it were skidoos , fellow farmers would help each other  .

       I am blessed to have been raised on a farm and have all the experiences of farm life  and will remember them for  the rest of my life, I grew up learning so much about life , to respect and love nature . I have country in my blood and am proud to be a

                                                     Country Gal

                                              Until next time have a great day !


Buttons said...

Oh I love this post and the photos. You did have a wonderful childhood, growing up on a farm my daughters tell me makes you a better person. Hardworking caring and very very thankful. You were very lucky. I did not grow up on a farm but I have been farming for almost 40 yrs now.
I remember those snow days/ weeks I miss snow.:) Keep warm it is going to get horribly cold. I'm off to work:) B

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, loved your wonderful pictures of the farm you grew up on.....Happy all the animals had names to, love your sweet pony.......So many kids today never know how wonderful it is to know farm life. Thanks for sharing, really enjoyed this post, Francine.p.s. that was a lot of snow.

Nancy Claeys said...

I love these photos -- what a wonderful way to grow up! :)

Dicky Bird said...

Those are some neat stories and photos. Great memories. I hope my kids will look back on their days on our hobby farm with the same fond memories. Blessings from Wisconsin.

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

These are precious photos from your life, and are exquisite records of your family on its farm. I was city raised and love to see how folks live who live off the land. Thanks.

Mrs. Pedersen said...

Such sweet pictures!

Vanessa1988 said...

What a lovely post!
Looks like you must of had a fun childhood!
I would love to of lived on a farm, i bet there was always plenty to do.
And Wow at all that snow on the last picture!
Over here, people freak out over a couple of inches lol.
Take care

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I love the desaturated colors of those old photos...and I bet they are great memories for you.

How cute you were.

Love the red snowsuit, I have the feeling that is the only color they came in, I had one too.


Cindy said...

I found you through Buttons and I love your blog!
This is a wonderful way to grow up! Your pictures paint a very loving family.
I look forward to reading more of your posts!

fernvalley01 said...

What great treasures !I love to see pictures from times gone by. You were a cutie! Thanks for sharing

Kathy Shea Mormino said...

Nice pictures. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

Kathy Shea Mormino

The Chicken Chick


DeniseinVA said...

Lovely memories which made a very enjoyable read, and I love all the old photos. Have a great week :)

Lois Evensen said...

Thank you for sharing your pictures. What a wonderful family and life growing up. I love the names for those bulls! :)

Joan@TheChickenMama said...

Great photos to go along with your beautiful memories! (Stopping by from the Clever Chicks Hop.)

A Brit in Tennessee said...

What special memories you've shared, happy days and gentler times.
You were a lucky girl to have your own pony !

Heather said...

What wonderful photos that will provide you with many years of fabulous memories! Lovely! Cheers~