HORSES WERE BETTER THAN TRACTORS
(LET ME TELL YOU WHY)
PLOWING IS AS ANCIENT AS CIVILIZATION…MAYBE 6,000 YEARS OLD
“This painting on an Egyptian tomb shows a farmer encouraging two skinny cows to pull a tiny stir plow.”
“Yep…early plows were really just tough tree roots fashioned to a dull point.”
“How could that plow cut sod?”
“It couldn’t. Ancient plowmen only plowed easy fields…no sod…closest thing to bare ground.”
“Bare ground doesn’t grow much food.”
“You got that right…world population was small…farmers just tilled the tops of the hills where a stir plough
“Do you mean those rich fertile valleys were just left to the weeds.?”
“Think so. No doubt some poor sap was trying to grow wheat among the weeds.”
“Must have been good healthy work.”
“Bad joke. Most people died young…35 would be old. Do you believe that?”
“Nope. You are like Trump and make up a lot of bull shit.”
“Take it for what it’s worth.”
‘I’ve got better things to do than read your drivel, Alan.”
“Bugger off and do it then.”
“Human beings in western Europe came down off the tips of the hills when the medieval two furrow wheeled plow was invented.”
“Fat people started to appear in large numbers.”
BY ACCIDENT, WE FOUND A PLOWING MATCH
(AND MET QUEENS OF THE FURROW)
august 24, 2018
“What’s going on?”
“Looks like a time warp…those tractors date back to the 1950’s and 1960’s…”
“Why so many on one field?”
“And why pull two morrow plows…obsolete as the pocket watch.”
“And three of the plowmen are not men at all…three women…”
“Special women…they are the QUEENS OF THE FURROW.”
SOMETHING ALIVE IS IN THERE! YUCK!
(Oposums are here to stay…Climate Change)
“Yikes, there’s something alive in the watering can.”
“I touched fur…and it moved.”
“Whatever it is, looks dead to me…curled up ball of yucky fur.”
HOW DOES THE FOURTH GENERATION KNOW IT MUST FLY TO MEXICO?
MONARCH BUTTERFLY REPORT
OUR HOPE FOR SURVIVAL RESTS WITH THE FOURTH GENERATION
August 20, 2018
The world is in trouble. We all know that. And the trouble is right before our eyes. No frogs, No snakes, No bobolinks, No leeches, No Killdeers. Let me change that. yes, I did find
a couple of Leopard frogs in our 7 acres of ponds this year (2018). No doubt there are more but decades ago there were hundreds, thousands maybe. And last year we had garter snakes
procreating in our green house. The big female had lots of suitors…seemed to be in every crate of flower pots. None so far this year. And the ponds had lots of leeches. None for past few years. Have not seen
a bobolink or a killdeer for decades. What to do ? What to do? Are we really in the midst of the sixth extinction of life on our planet? Will the polar regions melt and raise the oceans high enough
to drown our ocean cities. Will the climate change so radically that lives of little creatures will be lost forever? Is it true that 95% of the living creatures on earth are human beings and their domestic animals. The wild creatures have been reduced to 5%.
Dateline London , England, july 2018
THERE are people who hate London. The Traffic…the traffic! Unbearable. So most of the pictures below are designed to feed the anti-London appetite.
But let’s make it fun.
HORSES AT FRITH MANOR ON A SUMMER DAY IN 2018
(If you love horses, you will love these pics and stories)
FOUR STORIES … INCOMPLETE STORIES
Our granddaughter Nolan Skeoch is a horsewoman. Proven by the great swaths of time she spends at Frith Manor grooming, riding, jumping, bedding, wheeling carts of horse manure, talking to horses (and occasionally people).
HORSES NEED SHOES JUST LIKE YOU DO
No good reason why a city bred person would want to read this story. Unless the reader is curious and likes to see and read something extraordinary.
This is a story about Josh Twomey…a farrier. Josh spends his days motoring from horse stable to horse stable across Southern England in his truck which is loaded with brand new shoes for horses. And he has a tub full of cast off horseshoes which he gives to kids who watch him. Blacksmith are supposed to be older men with big beards and tobacco stained teeth, gnarled hands, perhaps bad limps. Limping caused a kick from a horse who did not like nails pounded into his or her foot. Surprise. Josh is 24 years old and has been shoeing horses since he was sixteen. He has a smile that goes from ear to ear. And the confidence that horses understand. He does not limp.
On a hot July afternoon, we watched Josh at work as he shod Nolan Skeoch’s horse , Mello.
Josh Twomeys…Farrier (Blacksmith)
“THERE’S A HOLE IN THE FENCE…”
STRANGEST GRAVEYARD I HAVE EVER SEEN
(Worth a read. Really. Strangest place in North London with a history going back to the Roman Emperor Diocletian )
“LOOK, there’s a hole in the fence.”
“Come on, see where it leads.”
“Gravestones covered in Ivy.”
“It’s a graveyard…a forgotten graveyard.”
“Creepy, Alan, a place where weirdo’s could hide.”
“No sign of a living person.”
RECIPE: HOW TO MAKE GUM
(First, buy a $200,000 combine harvester then read my instructions below)
August 2, 2018
“Want of make your own gum, Marjorie?”
“Better things to do with my time…like cleaning house.”
“Sit down, I’ll show you how to make good gum.”
“Sometimes I wonder about your sanity, Alan.”
‘Best gum is home made gum.”
“Just pay attention…this is a lost art…something that every farm girl and boy new how to do years ago….making their own Gum. Do not lose this historic moment.