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The Old Way
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Eric    Posted 08-28-2002 at 05:48:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My wife and I are in the planning stages of a new home. Our plan is to put as much of the old way of life back into this one. We are both hopeless romantics. We have a few head of sheep and goats and plan to add some dairy/beef and horses. Our house plans are styled after my grandparents home. I plan to have a working windmill and hayloft type barn. I plan (eventually) to learn how to "work" our horses (to some degree). I guess the point is that if anybody out there lived during the first half of this century and has any memories, I would love to hear them. Things you may not think of as helpful would certianly make for delightful reading to most of the folks on this message board. Do not limit your comments to technical stuff, but I need that stuff too. How to run a windmill for water; how to build an old Hay Barn; how to anything.... Thanx

Eric    Posted 08-30-2002 at 18:31:56       [Reply]  [No Email]

realfarmer    Posted 08-28-2002 at 18:00:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
We all are living in the first half of this century. Which one are you in?

myra    Posted 08-28-2002 at 09:07:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
There are many interesting and maybe helpful articles in this mag. Memory Lane, Country skills etc. Even recipes for your wife :D

Ron/Pas    Posted 08-28-2002 at 06:32:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Eric, I'm only 49, but I can tell you a few things,, Digging the outhouse hole is no fun, Picking corn by hand is fun the first day, the next 4 weeks suck, Working horses on a side hill too steep for tractors is fun the first day, the next 4 days suck, SO MUCH FOR THE BAD STUFF!
All that you have planned sounds like a great life. Alot of work, but if you aren't planning on making a living then I can't think of a better way to live.
Good Luck

DeaqCarp - wild geese and visiting Uncle Louie    Posted 08-28-2002 at 08:51:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well there's not much how-to in this, but it captures the spirit of the times a little:

Years ago, we packed up the family in our old Chevy and made the trip to North Dakota to visit the relatives there. Altogether there must have been a dozen of us kids, and we were typical noisy, boisterous farm types. By contrast, Uncle Louie was really old, and still out doing field work. Soon it was time for ice cream so us kids were assigned to fetch him.

Now remember, Uncle Louie doesn't hear very well so you have to yell loud and get close or he won't hear you.. Well, he was hoeing corn. By hand. Somewhere. Louie and Ida's buildings were in the middle of a cornfield and that field was probly a mile across, and we must have criss-crossed it every yard in every direction. We followed tracks, tried every trick we knew, but alas.

It must have taken 2 hours for us kids to give up and round everybody up and head back for the place. Oh it was fun and exciting alright, and i think we came close a few times but we hated to admit that old Uncle Louie was nowhere to be found.

When we finally did get back, there Uncle Louie was, sitting on the porch with the grownups, finishing his ice cream! We were so glad to see him safe, never dawned on us that Aunt Ida had seen him go in the can and decided we needed a wild goose chase anyway. :)

Eric    Posted 08-30-2002 at 18:35:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanx alot. I did enjoy the reading. See I told you.

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