One Word Photo Challenge-Manual

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My

Manual

 Challenge

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I can just remember hay being prepared in sheaves, which then had to be stooked

verb
past tense: stooked; past participle: stooked
  1. arrange (sheaves) in stooks.
    “the sheaves were stooked by hand”

into stooks of 10-15 sheaves, loaded onto a truck

and then built into a stack.

The only mechanical assistance help one had,

was a truck, or horse and dray,

to carry the sheaves to the stack,

and a pitch fork.

 Then along came mechanical hay balers

which made ‘small square’ bales.

Although they were anything but square.

Literally thousands of the bales would be made

for sale or winter feed for livestock.

The farming community breathed a sigh of relief

when round balers were introduced.

Although there was a rather larger financial investment

required to own a baler and equip one’s tractor

to handle the, this was offset by the huge reduction

in manual labour involved in handling them.

Hay balers which made ‘big square’ bales were next.

As you can see it is much easier to stack

square/rectangular shaped bales than

round, cylindrical bales.

All these inventions reduced manual labour,

which made it an easier task in the hot summer sun.

Finally, I’m not sure of the average age of farmers

in other parts of the world, however, on March 1, 2012,

the average age of Australian farmers was 52

or 12 years above the national average for other occupations.

Therefore all reductions in manual labour help

an ageing farming population.

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 One Word Photo Challenge: Manual

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Cee-BW-Challenge-Farm-Related

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Cee’s

Black and White Challenge:

Farm-Related

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A Farm Related post….yeeeesssss!

 The most recent of my photos is this one

taken in March this year.

Dad’s empty hay shed.

 

Some excess rolls of hay I had one year.

 

Sheep…not mine.

 Cattle…definitely not mine.

The Master (Brandy) and The Apprentice (Zoey).

 Brandy ‘lived’  on the back of my ute and

knew exactly where the kitchen window was.

My old wool shed and farm buildings.

Not a good photo but memories of our last shearing.

Our last bales of wool to be pressed.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Farm-Related

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Layered

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Layered

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The first thing which came to mind was…Black Forest Cake layers.

I wonder why?

When I found this mini haystack.

When I built haystacks we used to refer

to each layer as a row.

 

I now I posted this shot a day or so back.

However, a feature of our southern coastlines

are these sandstone cliffs and

their layers of soft rock, which…

has been known to give way without notice and

would give these tourists a ride better than

any roller coaster could provide.

 May be a one way ticket though.

Finally, ten years ago I/we built this garden bed in layers.

No. 2 Son, at the time called it a pyramid

and to this day it is thusly referred.

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