The Corn Harvest

A combine harvester in my garden:







What was that about a picture and a thousand words?





70 Comments on “The Corn Harvest

  1. Oh dear Cecilia, these are great. But you can guess which one impressed me so much!!!!! The last one! This is SO BEAUTIFUL… whose this, who put it there,,, is this yours? What a beautiful thing; the photograph, the bird, the meaning of this… Fascinated me in many ways. Thank you dear Cecilia. Have a nice weekend, with my love, nia

    • We have piles of wild birds here but it is the little sparrows who stick with me through thick and thin, all the freezing winter long so i feed them in the winter. c

  2. On the thousand-word principle, given this and so many of your wonderful visual posts, I guess you’re covered for a lifetime’s worth of blogging commitment. So forget that principle, please, because although I adore your photos I think I live on your text just that much more!! Happy Friday, darling! 😀

    • Thank you kathryn, What a lovely thing to say. I am writing something, we will see where it has gone by tomorrow!

    • It is relaxing just to look for a change isn’t it.. I hope my little bird feeder lasts another winter as you are right it is such a fancy wee thing.. c

  3. Words couldn’t express the beauty you’ve shown in your photos anyway! I posted a story today about a chinese rainbow salad as I’ve been taking my inspiration from your posts, it’s my way of saying thank you for sharing your lovely stories and ideas!

    • Oh Thank you Noodle that is so cool. i shall pop over and check out your salad straight away. I love salads as we know! c

  4. Funny how, no matter where in the world or country you are, there are certain scenes that look the same everywhere! I think that the corn will be done here in the next week or so. Many are done already – and the soy beans have been done for a couple weeks. I enjoy watching the seasons pass through the farmer’s eyes!

    • I know gretchen, corn and beans are not the most imaginative crops are they, and soon you and i will just have miles of empty land for months and months, except for our little paddocks that is! c

  5. You call that a garden? I can hardly wait to see the size of your honey bees…Oh, by the way, Daisy said to tell you, if you’d of put that run of airplane wing fence on her neck again, she would have harvested that sweet corn for you with minimal fuel cost, while fertilizing your field for free.
    Bless You

  6. Wow. That is quite a machine and quite a harvest!

    I recently watched as two Amish men harvested corn in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The horses, guided by the men, were pulling a gas powered harvester. It was an interesting sight.

    • Pennsylvania, I need to get up there,Robin, that must have been a curious mixture of periods! Thank you for letting us know about that.. c

    • It gets on your face too, I have a kind of lightly burnt sensation on my skin.. Thank god it is not blowing.. welcome back chica/tanya! c

  7. Yay, félicitations on the harvest and the pictures. The maize (corn ) harvest began here about three weeks ago but there are a few fields still standing. We don’t wash the car until it’s all finished, as the roads are awash with mud at this time.

  8. Kinda off the topic, but have you noticed that there’s nothing that gives a kid greater pleasure than large vehicles? Then they grow up and consider those that work using those large vehicles not as important in society. Kinda odd, isn’t it?

    • Now that you say it like that you are so right Rumpy’s Mum. Johns kids think farmers are at the bottom of the heap. I try to tell them that to even buy a door of one of these vehicles you have to be seriously well off.. not to mention owning the semi’s that turn up to take the corn away.. This is why most landowners (Johns family) have to rent their land to the guys that have the money to farm it. Of course I think they should give up and put it all back into grass for the good of the earth, but oh well, one acre at a time!! c

  9. Gotta love it…the corn is in, and now winter can come.
    We’re a Deere family, too…My Grandad sold them and worked on them, from mowers up to combines…
    Which reminds me – the grandson needs a John Deere cap for Christmas!

    • Of course you cannot get a real John Deere cap unless you BUY the tractor, John is such a Baby he won’t even wear his (might get dirty!) and our tractor is not big, I park mine in the garage next to my car!! c

      • But, Darling, I DO have one…probably about the size of yours. Right now, there’s a wood chipper on the back, and in two weeks, the snow plow will be on the front…

        I hope we don’t need it before then!

        • Oh you do! excellent.. I love my chipper.. aren’t they great machines!.. and yes No snow yet!!! fingers crossed! c

    • No that is the field.. and that is Johns Uncles land, which is right beside our house! the gardens are right up to it! c

  10. Sorry to say this C, but that’s not a garden!! Oh my, your domains are huge…
    Loved the photos, but I will like to see one with you on it (inside the harvester, that is 😉 )

    • i was sat in the harvester for a bit, and it is huge.. and yes the gardens are not in the field! Though if I have my way we will keep creeping out there and taking over! c

      • I prefer to BE the garden gnome. I’m weird enough to draw plenty of attention that way without any help from any shrimpy concrete guys–just take a gander at my gardening techniques! 😉

        • I love it when someone steals a thread!!! Well done kathryn.. so when are you going to show us your gardening techniques! sans le G-nomie! c

  11. Very pretty! I envy you your wide-open spaces. Especially love the little bird sillhouette on the feeder.

  12. Oh, boy, this is one serious farm. I do not think it was clear to me before this post 🙂
    Great photos!

    My gnomes will have to get inside, it will snow tomorrow…

    • No not the snow.. too early! Poor gnomies.. the corn is the part of the farms that I have nothing to do with so far, it is my boundary if you like, though my aim is to take it over and put it into grass for lots of Daisys!!! (evil laughter) . Time will tell.. I am a pretty determined wee thing.. c

    • I should have written a combine harvester in the bottom of the garden, I think I have caused some confusion. But yup! There she is.. c

  13. I was wondering when you’d start the combine. When I was home 2 weeks ago, a few of the farmers were just beginning to clear their corn fields. Much of their attention had been focused on harvesting sugar beets. Watching a combine in action is really something to see. Operating one, I imagine, would grow pretty tiresome after, say, the 3rd 180* turn.

    • The combine that I was in yesterday is operated by satellite, it runs down the row, guided by the satellite, beeps, farmer turns then sits back and has another sleep until another beep tells him to tun again. He also has a big screen that is telling him the moisture content and fertiliser needs, and bushels per acre. and other random and awfully dull information. All as it is being mowed down. he can do 100 acres a day. These guys are not going to give up in a hurry. This is very big business. Because my animals do not eat corn I actually mix them beet shreds every morning. Maybe from your farmers!! c

      • Satellite guided? 100 acres a day? Those things must cost a fortune. Big business, indeed! In the ’90s, the sugar beets all went to a local Nutrasweet (aspartane) plant. I think it may have closed and I’ve no idea where they’re shipped to now.

        • the beet shreds are a by product of a plant like that. (nutrasweet, that IS interesting) . and yes these machines cost hundreds of thousands, i have millions of dollars of someone else’s equipment hooning around Uncles field this morning, they are discing now as well. These tenant farmers are in so deep to the dealerships and the seed companies they could not pull out of corn and beans. The equipment is crop specific. Though I spent quite some time trying to convince the farmer to plant sunflowers yesterday!! Think of it! a field of sunflowers, the bees would die of excitement. c

  14. Ah what wonderful pictures. Such a beautiful perspective of the fields just going on. I find looking at it all very calming – even among what I imagine is a lot of harvesting noise – from over in a big city. Happy weekend!

    • mm The fields are enormous Saffron. and you are right about the noise, the combines, tractors pulling trailers, semis. trucks, all thundering across the field. Then they dry the corn in the big silos/bins and they are horrendously noisy, and on every property except ours. We do not use corn at all. Hard to be GM free when we are surrounded in it but I do try.. c

  15. A picture does say a thousand words and these photos look absolutely amazing. You’ve captured the right lighting on some of these as well. Love it

    • I was allowed to sit in the passenger seat for a bit with my camera Cindy, if I promised not to give the lecture against big mono industrial GM farming destroying the land and its culture! haha, c

  16. Beautiful photos all! It felt like I was there and could hear that machine rumbling and rambling through the fields. I love that you live in such a rustic place…

    • I love it here too Smidge, John has been here all his life so he is not quite as aware as we are of how lovely it is.. in all its barreness.. c

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