Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Harvest Ball

When I was growing up, our school always held a traditional fall formal dance called "The Harvest Ball." I always think of that event when I see the combines, trucks, and grain cart operators all trying to coordinate with one another in the field.

The red combine is ours. The green combines are part of a custom crew that helps us out every year. Most of the crew hails from Saskatchewan, but this year there was an Australian in the mix.

We also had help from Virginia. Some friends drove out to visit and were quickly put to work as grain cart operator and truck driver.

Add to that our newly hired help from Wisconsin and you get a harvest crew was about as diverse as the equipment in the field.

They might not have been all dressed up for the ball, but they surely showed their skills on the dance floor.




BoufMom9 said...

Fantastic view of your land. It's always so wonderful to get such a peek into your life.

The W.O.W. factor said...

This "dance" is awesome to watch! From my front porch, I watch our steep Palouse hills hold this Harvest Ball! It facinates me, their coordination & rhythm! I ran combine when in MT, for a small farmer...I had to dance solo :(

Dawn said...

Amazing pictures! I would love to see the harvesting in person some day.


Marissa Ann said...

Erin, that was such a cool post! I loved the "dance" theme! I really enjoy reading your blog daily. I'm from Michigan and work full time at company I've been with for 17 years, my husband owns his own company (Granite, marble, etc.) and we have one boy who is eight years old. You share so much with us, wanted to give you an idea of who Marissa from Michigan was. I'm 37 too. I mean 27 LOL...

Dana Derks said...

Our "harvest dance" spooked our yearlings and jumped the fence!! This is our first yr. with cattle and apparently they have never seen a combine and well you know..... Live and learn as they say!!

Andrea said...

What wonderful pictures!! I love the view you had of the field. Great shots and it's so neat to see how many people really do pitch in to help.

Anonymous said...

Swing your partner round and round....that was cool Erin. I just love seeing your part of the country. It looks pretty dry. Is it?


Beth from the Funny Farm said...


Absolutely marvelous photographs.

Plowing and Sowing said...

Great pictures. That brings back a lot of memories...not harvesting wheat but with tractors, family and bailing hay.

Anonymous said...

Great pictures.. I love seeing all the stuff that goes on around you..


Haf Dozen Reasons....... said...

Cool! What a dance! Love the post!

Bush Babe (of Granite Glen) said...

Love love the photo of your giant harvesters 'dancing' in the field... amazing! How's the Aussie going in the mix there?

I love my life, and having so recently come back here (and having no-one to blame for the hard parts but myself) there's not too much I wasn;t ready for... love the sense of freedom, of space, of uncrowded-ness (is that even a word?). Sometimes the isolation does make its presence felt, but so far no major emergency (touch wood!) has hit to really drive that home.

What do I miss about the city:
1. Restaurants (someone else washing up occasionally!)
2. Babysitters (although I prefer the ones I KNOW out here, and the fact I can take my kids with me to most events!)

So ... the novelty has yet to wear off!!! Please God it never does...


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