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French Horsefarmer

French Horsefarmer

Dear Shannon,

Summer work, we get older, children (8) but all away, farms too big (150 acres), Small Farmer’s Journal. I know.

I start writing some for your Journal. I cannot promise when it will be finished but it’s on its way (on the road?).

I hope you all will have a peaceful Christmas and a nice new year.

Hugo ‘SJongers

France

French Horsefarmer

Potato harvest 2010. With four on the American McCormick potato digger. Daughter Astrid and Lisa with four Australian children are following to pick up. An Australian farmer family (Peter and Nikki Mahony) rented their farm from a neighbor for a whole year while they came to France to visit Europe.

French Horsefarmer

French Horsefarmer

The 7 foot German sicklebar (which is used for the I & J mower on a three wheel forecart made by a Scottish small farmer. This is an easy cut (radish in flower) and three can do it. When we cut pasture in spring we need six like on the Pioneer gang plow.

French Horsefarmer

Lots of hay.

French Horsefarmer

I’m getting older.

French Horsefarmer

An old English potato digger transformed for beet harvest. The fast turning rotor (front left) makes you need 3 horses.

French Horsefarmer

The spring tooth harrow made by B. W. Macknair and Son, Lewistown, PA. Early spring 2010.

French Horsefarmer

Same field potato harvest 2010. The wheat has a nice color. In the back of the field you can see the ‘aubepine bocage Bourbonnaise’ (Hawthorne) in flower.

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