Some primitive agricultural implements in Africa…

My eldest son has this dream to go to Minnesota to go and drive combined harvesters for Mr  Olsen.  This week he started working on a farm outside our town. He finishes school in November, and this is an opportunity for some excellent school holiday employment.

Now I am just a little worried- Africa is so primitive and we have such old technology around here… NOT!

I am so grateful to the young farmer in our church giving my son some holiday work to see if he likes it.

These are some of the beautiful tractors and other equipment on his farm.

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No, my son won’t be driving this one yet. As it should be, he is driving the oldest tractor on the farm, dragging a huge tree stump across an old sunflower field to flatten the stalks before the next planting season.

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As you can see, this farm does have a John Deere obsession…

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I dropped my son off at sunrise to start his first day. Then I drove around this huge farm, looking for some warthogs. It was wonderful sitting at the edge of a huge field, drinking a cup of coffee from my Stanley flask.

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While I sat here, I thought a lot.  In America to own a huge commercial farm makes you a good businessman and a success story. In South Africa our government brands you as a racist landgrubbing thief. If you are white.

The young owner of this farm is an excellent farmer. He takes out land loans from the bank, and grows his business bigger. He works extremely hard, and is successful in what he does.  He treats his workers very well. He is no racist and definitely no thief. He has my respect and gratitude. His farm is unfortunately on the wrong continent.

 

For a balanced opinion on land ownership in Africa- read this: http://www.sabreakingnews.co.za/2014/07/01/economic-view-white-farmers-are-not-land-thieves/

Cee’s Oddball Photo Challenge

http://ceenphotography.com/2014/03/06/cees-odd-ball-photo-challenge-week-2/

Last weekend I walked around on the school terrain of an agricultural school near Tzaneen, Limpopo, South Africa. Between two of my sons’ rugby games I walked around with my camera. And these two photos don’t fit easily into any category. So- this is my contribution for the Oddball Challenge, can you guess what it is? Yes, of course you can…

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A Friendly American Face… Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

http://ceenphotography.com/2014/01/14/cees-fun-foto-challenge-man-made-items/

The Challenge Cee sets this week is: Man Made Items…

Cee so liked yesterday’s old steam tractor that I decided to post another…  a bit newer, definitely a man made object in tune with the challenge…

This Smiling Minneapolis- Moline Tractor- well preserved old beauty!

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Community Festival to kick of the year

Years ago our region was known for it’s grape farming. We were the first to have fresh table grapes on the market in the new growing season. And then other regions started doing the same, and some of them gets grapes much earlier to the markets, so the prices fell a lot when our farmers finally pitched with their produce. So nearly nobody produces grapes around here anymore.

But that does not distract our community from having an annual Grape Festival. It is still the first remarkable community festival on the yearly calender, and a nice way to end off the Christmas holidays, before the kids have to go to a new academic year next week…

It is the Annual Grape Festival this weekend.  It is extremely hot at the moment- the last thermometer I saw indicated another 37 degrees day.

In this heat, my eldest son and I took part in the festival procession, on my BMW motorbike, so that we can go for free  into the festival terrain.

I was just there for 2 hours, then it became too hot for me. But this is some of the sigbts so far:

We have a Classic Tractor Society in our district, here are some of their tractors:

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I have never heard of these before…

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What would the world be without John Deere?

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Was the Farmall engineers drunk when they designed this?

But there are not just tractors at the Grape Festival- we also have… Bengal Tigers! Small ones… my one friend is helping with the marketing of Mystic Monkeys, a very nice tourist destination just north of Pretoria. And there you can have your picture taken with these guys, while they are small…

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Adorable as kittens, i would not like to play with their momma!

And while it is 37 degrees, I ended my quick trip at the beer garden. I bought a fantastic kebab roll (beef kebabs, with mushroom sauce and onion relish on a freshly baked bun… delicious!) A nice cold Draught in the Festival Mug… I had a lot of those over the years, but my kids…

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After this I came home to have a nap. I have to rest- tomorrow morning I am going to try the 50 km cycle race with a few friends. The furthest I have trained since last year’s Argus Cycle race is 35 km… It is a flat, fast route tomorrow. I am going to struggle, but I will compete…

I won’t be returning to the Festival terrain tonight, but over today and tomorrow some of South Africa’s best artists are performing live in the Main Tent.   But I have another barbeque evening with friends lined up- the 3rd night in a row… life is really hard in the Bushveld…

Enjoy your weekend!

Wordless Wednesday- Who is in the Driving Seat now?

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PS- (this is not words… 🙂  ) I went to our local Photography club for the first time last night… There are so many excellent, talented photographers in our town- a lot of 5* ‘s! And when they posted their photos for critique, I felt quite ashamed that I dare to put any photos on my blog under “Photography…”  So all Photographers- so sorry!  But I am trying to learn to do it better. So now I’ll join the Club and try to learn a lot… Thanks for your patience with me!  And yes, on this WordPress platform there are a lot of worldclass photographers- respect to you!