Fall soybean harvest is in full swing, as evidenced by the dust clouds that can be seen throughout West Tennessee. Farm families call it “money”. Others might call it “the reason it does no good to wash your car in the autumn” and “the reason the throat feels tight and allergies have kicked up”. Once the soybeans dry out, a combine comes along, cutting and pushing the plants into the combine and collecting the seeds. It then discards the chaff out the back. The whole process results in a boat-load of dust and debris being kicked up into the air where it can be seen for miles around. And, as Isaac Newton said, “What goes up must come down”. Fortunately, “This, too, shall pass”. Soon, harvest time will be over, the dust will settle, and once again life in the country will return to normal.
“Dust is a protective coating for fine furniture.” ~Mario Burata
A demonstration at a local Fall Folklore Jamboree showing traditional farming skills during the 19th and early 20th centuries using mules and horses.
Mules plowing a field.
Horses pulling a log.
“Some people dream of success … while others wake up and work hard at it.” ~Unknown
“A house is only a place. It has no life of its own. It needs human voices, activity and laughter to come alive.” ~Erma Bombeck
“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.” ~Nathaniel Hawthorne
This little cow came strolling down the road to greet us during our country road walk last night. Not to worry! He quickly found his way back under the fence and to his Mom.
“He could tell by the way animals walked that they were keeping time to some kind of music. Maybe it was the song in their own hearts that they walked to.” ~Laura Adams Armer
You haven’t truly visited West Tennessee until you’ve driven 25 miles an hour down a two lane highway behind a tractor. 🙂
… His beak is focussed; he is preoccupied,
looking for something, something, something.
Poor bird, he is obsessed! …