Santa’s haulers

Santa's haulers
There is nothing quite as good as an old fashioned Iron Range pot luck. Mrs Ed and I were invited to one put on by the Cherry Township Recreation Board for the volunteers who helped with the Christmas program. On the way home I reflected on the day. T’was the 16 of December and all ...

A favorite old timer story

A favorite old timer story
I like to hang around “old timers” (people with more years of experience with draft horses than myself) because I always seem to learn something new and helpful. Most of the old timers I have encountered are the quiet type, willing to share their knowledge if you take the time to ask their advice and ...

Payback time

Payback time
A few years ago they got me with a good one. At that time I owned three oxen — Norman, Turk and Star. I would take them to the farm show at Blackberry. We would do a little plowing, but mostly I would bring them for people to see. They weighed over a ton each ...

The horses are nervous tonight

The horses are nervous tonight
The horses were nervous tonight. The wind shifted this afternoon. An east wind is not the norm, it usually means something is brewing. Horses seem to sense when storms are coming. A couple days before a cold snap, their appetites spike. They don’t like the wind and move around more than usual. I am a ...

Every buddy needs a buddy

Every buddy needs a buddy
I believe everyone needs someone to do stuff with. It’s easy enough to get into trouble by yourself, but it’s much more fun when you have a partner in crime. This is true for kids and for retired guys. It doesn’t usually include spouses as they are prone to say “You want to do what?” ...

Sheep shearing day January 26

Sheep shearing day January 26
We shear the sheep once a year, usually in January. Why, people ask, do you shear off their wool in the winter? Don’t they freeze? Traditionally sheep are shorn in the spring before they are turned out to pasture to have their lambs. This makes them more comfortable and eliminates problems with flies laying eggs ...

Ever wonder if things may have turned out differently?

Ever wonder if things may have turned out differently?
Mrs Ed and I left the big city to seek our fortune on the Iron Range in 1981. The economy was in a free fall, unemployment on the Range rapidly rising with the downsizing of the steel industry. Our Twin Cities friends questioned our sanity for “heading up north.” In 1985, we purchased the farm, ...

The animals are messing with Mr. Ed

The animals are messing with Mr. Ed
It’s Sunday on Mr. Ed’s Farm. Morning chores went OK. The Jersey boys made another break for it when I opened their gate, slipping past me to run up and down the hay bales. I guess it’s time to start their formal training. The neighbor girls, Dallas and Michele — AKA DJ and Bell — ...

It’s Always Something……

It's Always Something......
Dad had a saying he liked to use whenever the unexpected happened on the farm. We heard it a lot as the unexpected was closer to the norm on our farm. For the simple one or two surprises, he’d say “Well, it’s always something!” For the big ones — like when the cows got out ...

A little more about how we got here 1

A little more about how we got here
Ben and Patsy, the first team I was able to use My first team of horses did not turn out too well. I bought them just after Christmas and made my first mistake by not driving them before they were delivered to the farm. My second mistake was buying a used harness at an auction. ...