One Word Photo Challenge-Manual

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Manual

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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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One Word Photo Challenge-Mansion

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My

Mansion

 Challenge

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In years gone I have heard people describe any home,

constructed of anything but weather boards,

as a mansion…

I think Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace

and its 1,441 rooms qualifies as a mansion.

While we call it a palace, it was after all, known as

the Summer Cottage

by the Habsburgs.

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 One Word Photo Challenge: Mansion

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One Word Photo Challenge-Manatee

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Manatee

 Challenge

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manatee is…

a sea cow of tropical Atlantic coasts and estuaries, 

Not living anywhere near the tropics

let alone tropical Atlantic coastline,

I thought this one would had stumped me for posting.

However, a little more research and I discovered

that I had plenty of photos of one of

the Manatee’s nearest living relatives.

Yep!   The closest living relatives to a mantee are

the Proboscidea (elephants) and

Hyracoidea (hyraxes).

This little relative of the manatee was telling us

where to go and how quickly to get there

in no uncertain manner.

I don’t have a photo of a hyrax.

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 One Word Photo Challenge: Manatee

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One Word Photo Challenge-Magician

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Magician

 Challenge

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An informal meaning of the word Magician is…

a person with exceptional skill in a particular area.

To my way of thinking this bloke is definitely a magician.

 Those who developed hot air balloons and

Go Pro cameras to  record our flight also had special skills.

Not to mention all the professions in the world today

which require special skills.

Being a former woolclasser/farmer

I am going to mention farming first.

Many years ago a wool producer

whose wool I was classing/grading/sorting

stated that farming was no longer a lifestyle but a science.

And then there is that group of people who state

that they are ‘just a housewife

Unstated are the projects that just a housewife manages,

counselling sessions,

budgeting skills,

cooking skills…must I go on?

We all  have special skills and therefore

are all magicians!

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 One Word Photo Challenge: Magician

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One Word Photo Challenge-Macro

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Macro

 Challenge

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Not necessarily true macros…

but the best I have.

A ring I bought for MGW for 22nd wedding anniversary.

After being repaired twice it still had a broken part

and jeweller had told me to take it to manufacturer

if stones fell out again.

Needless to say the jeweller will not be receiving

any more of  my dollars.

 

Taken a few years back these plants were

severely knocked around by young energetic dogs last year.

Recently pruned, I may have the opportunity

for a macro again.

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 One Word Photo Challenge: Macro

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One Word Photo Challenge-Lock

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Lock

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An old lock on a church  door.

 

Always thought padlocks were secure,

until I had to cut one with a hacksaw.

Took all of fifteen seconds to cut through.

 

A lone love lock on Sydney Harbour Bridge.

 

but these are on…

on the Makartsteg bridge over

the Salzach River, in Salzburg.

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 One Word Photo Challenge: Lock

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One Word Photo Challenge-Lizard

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Lizard

 Challenge

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No lizards to show this week, however, as many Australian lizards do belong to the dragon family I have decided on dragons as my alternate theme this week.Dragons can come inside your house

and cause all sorts of mayhem if there are

no dragon friendly people inside.

I’m sure this one was the cause of much

trouble in bygone years.

 I found this dragon in London supporting

some type of canon or mortar.

No doubt again designed to cause mayhem.

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 One Word Photo Challenge: Lizard

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