I was out taking some pictures of daylilies this morning, all of them castoffs from my friend Leo's hybridizing program.
|Why is this center green?|
|East-facing daylily blooms soak up nice, warm morning sunshine rays for the little tree toad|
I was thinking how blessed I was to see such a rare sight this morning and moved on down the row of daylilies only to discover this!
|Do you see it?|
|Another tree toad sunbathing!|
|I guess I couldn't find a better place to soak up sunshine myself!|
This past weekend was a doozy. Remember I said we need to create a crisis (CAC) to get something substantial done? Well, we haven't settled on any one crisis yet, so now we are running around in circles and doing all sorts of things. I did manage to get some work done in the garden this weekend, despite the fact we received another 1" of rain on Friday night into Saturday and a brief, heavy downpour on Saturday when I was mowing lawn.
We had some delightful visitors from Minnesota come over on Saturday afternoon right after the rainstorm to check out the yard with their aunt and uncle who are friends of ours. It's great fun having fellow gardeners tour and our visit was over much too soon.
Joel has a new gadget for his camera, extension tubes, and I have to learn how to use them. He's only had a few minutes to try them out and here's what he managed to capture:
|Lily interior closeup|
|Dewdrops and pollen on nasturtium leaf|
Saturday night we had company, Ann, Richard & Emily and their beautiful baby daughter were here and we visited and played Sheepshead until nearly midnight.
Sunday morning Ann arrived around 9AM and Carl, Joel and yours truly headed to Waupaca County and the town of Symco for the Thresheree. The Thresheree is an annual event with vintage tractors and steam engines, farm machinery of all types, threshing demonstrations, and all things farming. I guess every year they highlight a tractor manufacturer to feature and this year it was our big yellow friends, Minneapolis Moline.
We arrived early, around 10:30AM, toured the grounds a bit, chatted with Ann's brother-in-law who was doing a blacksmithing demonstration and then took our folding chairs and staked out a place along the highway to wait for the parade. One thing we forgot was hats, water, and sunscreen, wow, it was hot! Joel, Carl and Ann all got a sunburn, but for some reason, I didn't. I suppose it's because I'm outside a lot at that time of day when all three of them are working so I've already got my sunburn from that angle.
There was a veritable garden of tractor colors to be seen today:
|Case Steam Engine|
|Rumely Steam Engine|
|David Bradley--but not sure if it's a tractor or a tiller|
|Ann's nephew, Ray, driving a Minneapolis Moline|
Once Ray realized who the crazy fans yelling at him from the sidewalk were, he gave us a wave and the tractor a little gas....
Great job, Ray!
|Ann grew up with Oliver tractors on her Dad's farm|
|Carl grew up Case tractors--when repainted, this one would be a bright orange.|
Of course, Joel and I have a prejudice to Farmall red:
|Farmall H just like the one I started driving way back in the day--if I could find our tractor, I would restore it, but it's whereabouts are unknown...maybe this is it??|
|Both of these tractors are Farmall's...not sure about the black paint on the one on the left; have to do some research to see if there ever was a year they came in black from the factory.|
|This proud Super C owner is the father-in-law of one of Joel's friends...what a beautiful restoration job!|
|From the unpainted to the 'too pretty to drive' below:|
What a great parade! Despite my love of tractors, this is the first Thresheree we've ever gone to (and they've been having them for 43 years) so we will have to go back next year. Joel's Farmall M should be parade-ready by then, too! The only problem with being in the parade is you can't see the parade.
After the parade, we toured the rest of the grounds and exhibitions ranging from chopping hay and corn to grinding feed, hay baling, sawmill operation, rock crushers, hit and miss engines, huge generators and old, restored churches, banks, stores, blacksmith shops, etc.
There was an announcement just before we left about a chainsaw competition so we dutifully trekked over to the bleachers and sat down to watch people saw wood. I know how silly it sounds, a whole audience of people seated on wooden bleachers to see which competitor could saw through a large block of wood the fastest, but it was fun (ok, you had to be there, but it was fun). At the very end, the last competition was for two-man crosscut sawing which was a whole lot slower but also a lot more work, with teams of men and women competing. Ann and I need to practice and come back next year and give it a try....we can do this!
We bid the Thresheree farewell at 5PM and then headed up to Big Falls to see the Little Wolf River.
|This is the two-man chainsaw competition|
|Here's Carl standing near the dam in Big Falls, we have never seen the water this high in July!|
With the abundant rainfall, the rivers are at capacity right now, so since we were in the area, we had to take a look.
|Joel debating the best place to toss a kayak in.......|
|He had to wade across to scout the river|
|Holding my breath, didn't want to see him swept downstream without a kayak or a life jacket|
|Farther upstream, above County J--this is normally a big, sweeping curve with a rock face exposed....no rock today, all water.|
If we would have had a kayak along, Joel would have dived right in. It was around 7:30PM when we were scouting the rapids and he did talk to two guys who had gone kayaking all day. They said the water was fantastic. We left the Little Wolf behind and headed to the Embarrass River in Hayman Falls County Park.
|This is normally a small stream that branches off the main flow of the Embarrass that a child could hop across---but not yesterday! Here Joel wades across to see what the other side looks like. Luckily, he had a tree branch to help him hang on.|
|On the way back|
|Embarrass River rapids Hayman Fall Co. Park|
I struck up a conversation with some folks in the park who told me they watched a canoeist get in serious trouble in the rapids yesterday. His boat filled up and basically folded up and came apart, but thankfully, he was ok. This section of river is a bit tricky at lower water anyway, but at high water, wow, what a difference.
The first time we canoed this stretch of the Embarrass River (in much lower water) was in 1981 when we were both around 22 years old. Now it's 30 years later and this is way more water than I feel like tackling. I started kayaking a few years ago and it's fun but I'm not the greatest at it. Carl tried a kayak once and only once, tipped over almost immediately and that was the end of his kayaking career; he is a connoisseur of 'Dry Canoeing' and rarely ever gets wet. Joel is a river rat and was just itching to get out and run this river yesterday. Ah, youth!
We finally stopped at a restaurant in Clintonville around 8:30 PM and made it home just before 10PM. Long day, but we had a great time!
1. What is my favorite tractor?
2. Reading between the lines, which pet am I most likely not to own?
3. True or False: I am not getting old.