Friday, 21 August 2009

Trip Alberta & Saskatchewan Part 4 in the old days ...

Great 'work horses' were invaluable to the farmer. The sod was tough and the homesteaders had to break the land to earn their patent on the land.
As time went on, steam engines helped with the work. Below they are threshing the grain.The tractors with steam engines were used to power saws that cut logs and split them into planks.
This little cabin would have been a original homestead, where a whole family spent the long winter months on the prairies. The homesteaders came to grassland that was also heavily treed and built their home with few tools and help from neighbors.A shed would be built to shelter the animals. After a few years they would build a larger home. Once the farm made a living for the family, a larger house was built. This house still stands, in relatively good shape. The walls were made with logs, The spaces filled with mud and straw. A whitewash sealed the top layer. These houses were snug and warm in winter and cool in summer.One wonders what the jar originally contained. In many cases, it was as if the family walked out and left everything behind. Perhaps the farm was purchased from an older farm couple? today, in order to make a living, the younger generation needs to rent or purchase many farms. The barn logs have lost their coating of mud that packed the spaces to block the wind and insulate the barn building. The animals body heat kept the freezing winter at bay. Equipment hangs on the wall ... its use a mystery! The farm animals often had a bigger dwelling than the farmer's family. Farm equipment is abandoned where it was last used.Below is the only Saskatchewan resident that created a problem. The tall grasses held hundreds of wood ticks. After walking around the farm, we picked up dozens of these creatures. They can burrow under your skin and lay eggs which hatch and move through your body to the organs. Needless to say, we headed back to the hotel and picked them out of our clothes. They cling to your skin and if you flush them, they swim back!and with all the changes in the last hundred years, the moon stays constant!

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