Sunday, September 01, 2013
These Montana Skyscrapers are actually "granaries" where the farmers in my neck of the woods store wheat. I live in what is referred to as "The Golden Triangle" for all the wheat that is grown around here. We grow a lot of hard red winter wheat, which is planted in the fall, must freeze to germinate and then comes up in the spring. Spring wheat is planted in the spring. From the air it looks like a big checker board or quilt. I just finished cooking the evening meal for a harvest crew on Thursday.
This is a John Deere combine cutting wheat. You can tell the brand of combine by the color that it is. I learn all kinds of things about farming every season. I was grateful for the work as I love to cook and the guys really appreciated eating good home-cooked meals and I got them off of soda pop and drinking little cartons of 2% milk instead. That was a big thrill for me as I am so opposed to soda. They worked 12-16 hours a day and caught a combine on fire and burned it up. Cab was a total loss and some of the parts from it can be cannibalized and used to repair another of the same brand.
I want to wish all the farmers around here a nice Labor Day off. Most everyone is finished with harvest and will start cultivating and seeding the first part of next week. I also want to mention all the railroaders, police officers, nurses and ER doctors and firemen, cooks and waitresses, grocery and c-store clerks who will be on duty over the holiday weekend doing the labor while we are enjoying days off.
This is a county park-the only one in the state of Montana, that is about 18 miles south of my house. I am heading out there Sunday afternoon to enjoy cooler air and running water and a fire to roast some sausages and marshmallows. I hope you enjoy your Labor Day Weekend. I hope you remember to thank all those people who are working so you can.
I pray you stay strong and keep sparking!