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  1. Í miðjum heyskap, hugsa margt meðan ég keyri hring eftir hring upp og niður hlíðarnar í fellunum hérna. Stundum tekst mér meira að segja að hugsa um sama hlutinn nokkra hringi. Sem sagt, vélar bila og því fyrr sem hægt er að komast að því að eitthvað sé að, því meiri líkur að bilunin verði minni háttar og hægt að laga hana með litlum tilkostnaði. Tildæmis, þegar legur fara í heyrúlluvélinni hitna þær og get orðið svo heitar að það kveiknar út frá þeim, skraufþurrt heyið og heyryk, allt getur hreinlega sprungið í loft upp. Um dagin losnuðu boltar í slátturvélinni. Hún búin til í Pólandi og líklega sett saman hérlendis af "greese monkeys", ekki gert það rétt (bara svona nauðhyggju og önnur samsæriskenning, greese monkeys here and greese monkeys there). Hvað um það, olían lak af þeim hluta sem tannhjólin eru í sem keyra hnífanna. Sérstaklega þegar öllu var lyft upp á milli túna og svoleiðis. Ég tók eftir olíurák á veginum, en vissi ekki hvort að það var frá okkur, þessari vél eða annarri. Jason hélt að það væri úr vafningsvélinni, einn "cylinderinn" lekur og þarf að bæta á með vissu millibili (búnnir að panta "kit" til þess að laga það). Svo bara upp á bríarí, þegar ég bað Jason að smyrja sláttuvélina áður en að byrjaði að slá, að hann tékkaði á því hvort að þessi olíuleki væri úr henni. Hann sagði mér að hún væri nærri að detta í sundur og öll olían horfin. Við löguðum það og ég held að engar skemmdir hafi orðið þó ég viti það ekki. Sem sagt,, þegar olían er farin byrja hlutir að hitna, einfalt mál að hafa einhvern hitamónitór á réttum stað sem sendir hitann í tölvu sem hefur svo í sér hvað þessi hlutur má hitna við eðlilegar aðstæður. Ef að hitastigið fer upp fyrir það, viðvörun sem heyrist. Þetta gæti allt verið WIFI, titrings, hávaða, reyk monitorar etc. etc. Gæti allt verið mjög ódýrt með nútíma tækni Ég heyrði nýlega auglýsingu um öryggiskerfi, allt fór í tölvuna í gegnum WIFI, sama kerfi myndi ég halda. Þetta er örugglega til, ég bara ekki heyrt um það. En ef ekki, ætti einhver að búa þetta til og verða moldríkur. Séð auglýsingu um dekkja loftþrýstings mælir. Þú hefur hann við við stýrið, getur lesið upp í 24 dekk ,WIFI og ekki svo dýrt. Ef þið vitið um eitthvað svona vinsamlega bendið mér í rétta átt. https://www.etrailer.com/Tire-Inflation-and-Repair/TireMinder/TM-A1A-6.html
  2. The Farmer

    Price.

    We were having our morning coffee just now and she leaving through the Price Chopper sales flyer and I asked "what are they selling the beef for?" She read "Butchers Promise Angus Beef Bone-in rib Roast $5.99 a pound" and "Certified Angus Beef Bone-in Rib Roast $7.99 a pound". Then "Chiappetti (what ever that is) Grass Fed Beef Boneless Chuck Roast $12.99 a pound". Then "weekly special Butchers Promise Angus Beef bone-in Rib Steak Twin Pack $6.99 a pound." Then we looked at each other but didn´t say much. Seems like "Chiappetti" is just a brand. To be certified as grass fed beef in this country the cattle only has to have a change to look at grass some time of the year, somewhat bizarre. http://www.miamiherald.com/living/food-drink/article31395851.html "Certified Angus Beef does not have a grade. What Certified Angus Beef has, for the most part, is marketing. It isn’t even a breed, it is just a brand. It just has to be at least 51 percent black (black being the color of Angus cattle allowed to be registered in this country) and show other signs of being at least part Angus.The cows then have to meet 10 criteria to be Certified Angus. They must have at least a modest amount of marbling (that’s the amount of marbling found in the better grades of Choice meat). They must be less than 30 months old, at least physiologically, and they must have a fatty layer less than 1-inch thick under the skin. In addition, the ribeye area has to be between 10 and 16 square inches." So what "Certified Angus" actually is, a loophole to sell Holstein dairy cattle as beef and not having to grade it. I have never seen a Angus cow 49% not black, not ever, THEY ARE BLACK EVRYWHERE.
  3. I am not going to make any claims here, only write about my believes and how I live according to them, especially my diet. Our chicken do not lay eggs in middle of winter and me having 6 eggs for breakfast, have to buy the at the store for a few months. But Yesterday she made my breakfast with our eggs, spring and everything. She didn´t have to tell me, obvious by both color and taste. So I decided to do a small experiment. The chicken eating only the feed, no grass outside for several months now, only snow out there. We mix our own feed, the pigs and the chicken getting the same feed and big portion of it ground hay. Enormous work and expense grinding the hay not being able to invest in the right equipment, but we do it because I believe it important the animals have hay in their diet. The theory being, the ingredients in the hay important for their health and more important ours. Not only the Omega fatty acids, but other things we don even know about. The fact is, grains are only what they are to sustain the plant as it grows from the seed, while grasses have everything in them to sustain live. Again my believes, not claiming any "truths" here. So we bought regular and organic eggs at Aldi and did this picture. On top, regular to the left, organic gage free to the right. On bottom, our chicken egg to the far left, middle our duck egg and a our goose egg to the right. I thought the difference would be more obvious, seemed much darker when I ate them. I will do this experiment again when they have been on grass for a while. You might not know this but chicken are amazing grazers, at it all day. They eat a worm or a fly when they find them, even a snake or a mouse, but most of the day is spent grazing, at it from morning till night.
  4. I have mentioned here a few times I wanted to do a discussion on this case of mine and asked you if you found it appropriate to mix my life with this farmsite. Got some feedback, not much but all positive. Some of you even lawyers and interested in what it is about. Intend to try to tell this as a story, a chapter at a time. But for those of you with a legal mind, I am putting in the whole case as it went to the Court of Human rights in Strasbourg Europe in English. You can then ask me about details here or private. Who knows, one of these days and not unlikely I am going to need an attorney in this adopted country of mine to finish this. One advice, this not a small matter. First I want to establish how important my Grandfather was and still is to the small nation of Iceland. Saw this newsstory this morning on the Icelandic State Radio website, not heard anything of this before, guess I should have been informed. About design ideas for the Icelandic flag early 20th Century. A show in the Icelandic Embassy in Copenhagen going on right now. Do not know much about this, but putting this in to show you how important my Grandfather is in Iceland. According to the news story, three flags being shown in the Embassy, one the King of Denmark wanted (Iceland then a colony of Denmark), the falcon in it of significance, maybe more on that later, a fascinating story going back centuries. Another design suggestion and then my Grandfather´s. None of them made it into the final Icelandic flag. Do not know how many suggestions there were originally but my Grandfather´s idea thought important enough today to show in the Embassy. The only reason I am putting this here, because this news story is today. Will have more later to show you without doubt my Grandfather even gave the nation courage to become independant. If I said he was to the Icelandic nation what Benjamin Franklin and Andy Warhol put together in one person was to yours, not far off. http://www.ruv.is/frett/kjarvalsfaninn-of-flokinn-fyrir-saumavelarnar And just to make it clear. If I had to chose between farming or pursuing this case, would quit farming, about my family's honor. EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS ANSWER.docx kjarval - Hæstaréttardómur nr 306 2007 (The Icelandic supreme Court Jugdement in English).doc Kjarval - II Statement of the facts - translation.doc Kjarval - III Statement of alleged violations - translation.doc Kjarval - Skýrsla Baldurs Guðlaugssonar - þýðing ( Mr. Baldur's Gudlaugson's report in English).doc Kjarval - Skýrslutökur 5 mars og 7 maí 2007 - (TRANSCRIPT FROM COURT RECORDS OF THE DISTRICT COURT OF REYKJAVIK).doc Kjarval - Vitnaleiðslur 20 sept - 29 nóv 2006 - (Testimony in the Kjarval case.).doc Kjarval vs. Iceland - Letter October 11, 2010 (1)2.doc LIST OF DOCUMENT1.doc
  5. Wrote this in the Farm diary Yesterday, belongs here too with a little additon So I had the ground from the pig I did this morning. Even if I say so my self, about perfect.The right amount of fat, tasted fresh and delicious. Ground about right and I am very pleased. Getting that finer disk for the grinder the right decision. And then I found out I am somewhat brilliant, getting closer to using every thing from the pig. When I skinned the pig, some fat was left on the hide, guess I will get better at it hopefully. So afterward I put the pelt on a table and cut of the fat left behind, rolling the pelt onto itself like as a carpet as I went along. Then all of a sudden this brilliant idea was born. What if I freeze the whole thing rolled up like this and then cut it into slices, perfect dog food right?! Recently a customer on a visit (you know who you are :-)) told me hair is good for dogs digestion and they don´t mind eating it. So here we are, froze the pelt rolled up on a board and it only took me a few minutes to cut it up in the meat saw. I then cut each slice in half so the skin lengths would not be too long. Maybe this can''t be fed to indoor dogs the hair going all over, but I am sure my Great Pyrenians will love it. It is very important to me I can use everything, not throw anything away. And now I have figured out what to do with the pelt. This morning it was all thawed. I have a routine in the morning, let the poultry out, feed it. Then I feed the Great Pyreninans out in the field and then the pigs. These days their breakfast is: a cube of stillborn calf frozen and cut into cubes about 3" by 3". Old cubes of pork fat left too long in the freezer and this morning these strips of pig pelt, the strip about 2" up to 4". Also because I don't trust the terrier puppies yet with the poultry ,I give them a tidbit or two so the follow me closely as I do the chores. So I gave the terriers each a piece of this pig skin. Half a second, GONE, no chewing no nothing, just swallowed. Meaning the hair would not be a problem with an indoor dog. Full story, the end. Or as we say in Iceland when we finish a fairytale: The cat is out on the moor, it's tail up in the air". Next time I do a pig like this and auction off, will be soon, the pelt will be in the auction and then prepared like you see in the picture. How about that, feedback welcome, be ready to bid!!
  6. The Farmer

    Farm diary

    Just to let you know my computer died I will be back!!
  7. The Farmer

    Farm diary

    Went to check the cows before sunset, the flies really bothering them, the heat made them all hatch out at the same time I guess. Well will be cold shortly and no flies. Now I can tell you the tale of the day before Yesterday and why it sometimes feels one is fighting at the front. Well nobody shooting at one, something not to be forgotten. So this was all planed out, ridiculous amount of hay down and supposed to start raining yesterday (yesterday the day before Yesterday tomorrow ? ). So I got up early, did the chores and went on my merry way to the fields in the Kubota with the baler behind, about 4 miles away from the farm. About midway, in the middle of the road, the clutch went, me stuck and the cars having a hard time getting by. Was able to let the tractor freewheel backward and off the road. Luckily I had the phone with me and could call Jason. He came with some tools and we toiled over the tractor for a while but no luck. We then decided to go back, get the old trusty Deutz, drag the Kubota home, hook the Deutz up to the baler and start baling. This took us full two hours. I then started to bale and baled into the night. Then Yesterday I got up even earlier and baled until it started to rain, finished everything but at the end it was raining into the hay. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right? If it wasn't for you, nobody would know what farming is sometimes like. Now we have to fix the Kubota before fall, without it we can´t get the hay to the cows. On my way to the farm show, nothing like seeing farm equipment with new paint and dream what one could do if one had this machine or that. Wish you were with me, maybe I bring the camera, why not.
  8. The Farmer

    Farm diary

    This is going to be very short, have to try to make up for Yesterday and supposed to start raining in the afternoon. Maybe I can give a hint what Yesterday was like, started out with Pip interacting with a porcupine and ended with Pop interacting with a skunk. But we are all a live, nobody got hurt, still in the saddle and not riding into the sunset, the sun rising on this farm, more tomorrow.
  9. The Farmer

    Farm diary

    So when we came out this morning the dogs ran after something, could hear them make nosies in a ruin below the house. Later when we came in I noticed Pip was off, something wrong. When I checked him his snout was filled with porcupine needles. Surprisingly he let me pull them out with a tweezer, must have been very painful when I pulled on them, some of them in almost half an inch in. Got them all I think but will check later. Surprisingly. This dog has a real problem trusting people, either he is just this way or had some bad experience. Like when I need to do his nails, have to corner him, hold him tight so he can´t move and then cut the nails one by one, as if I am cutting off his toe with every nail and I know what I am doing, know not to cut into where the blood is. So I cut a ridiculous amount of hay Yesterday. Supposed to be dry today and into the afternoon tomorrow, we will will see if I can finish baling it all. But now there are only two fields left and first cutting done. Midweek I am going to the Empire State Farm show, the only farm show I go to, you never know what you learn. Probably this time that ALL the farm machinery is made in China by now, just about right time to raise the tariffs I guess and hurt us farmers a little bit more. We can take a lot of pain, masochists actually, but these needles must really hurt, surprised Pip ate afterwards like nothing was wrong. The golden rods are starting to flower here at 2000 feet, up here we very rarely have a drought, where we used to live in Warwick NY, often this time of year everything would be yellow or brown.
  10. The Farmer

    Farm diary

    Checked the weather forecast just now, dry today and tomorrow afternoon thundershowers on Tuesday. I cut for maybe 8 hours Yesterday without stopping. Got this special pillow of Ebay, saved me this summer. Has a hole in it for the tail bone. These long drives doing delivery were getting me starting to be aware of my tail. If you have a problem try it: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Coccyx-Orthopedic-Memory-Foam-Seat-Cushion-Comfort-For-Office-Chair-Car-Seat/192409562302?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 Not selling anything, just trying to help ? Now the question should I go and cut more today. What I will do, do the chores, move the cattle, take a brake and check the forecast again. I am getting done, if I cut today, then almost finished with 1. cutting. Will have more than enough hay, better to have too much than to little, becomes a nightmare very fast. The problem, so many dairy farmers going bust and when they get rid of the cows they hold onto the haying equipment thinking they can make some money selling the hay so there is a surplus. O well this is farming for you. In Scandinavia they are out of hay because of a drought. Too far away I guess, maybe I should put an ad in Danish: "Hø for salg, men du må hente det"! If you know anybody in Scandinavia let them know, all read Danish I gather. Have you heard this Finnish saying: "Can't be Swedish, don't want to be Russian so we can just as well be Finnish". But I ask, who wants to be Swedish, the Dane in me talking. ?
  11. The Farmer

    Fraud!

    https://www.cornucopia.org/2018/06/looking-at-fraud-industry-watchdog-releases-comprehensive-report-documenting-suspicious-organic-grain-imports/?utm_source=eNews&utm_medium=email&utm_content=6.25.18&utm_campaign=report I am starting this topic on fraud. Rob Smith sent this. I had my own experinece when I tried to get organic grain, more later.
  12. The Farmer

    Fraud!

    The thing is the food industry is built on fraud, just too much money involved, if you don´t know the people who are raising your food you don´t know what you are eating as simple as can be: https://wtop.com/food-restaurant/2015/04/nearly-40-percent-of-restaurants-serve-fake-blue-crab-cakes/
  13. The Farmer

    Farm diary

    I don't think you know how important this diary is to me. Here I put the days thoughts on farming down, helps me put everything in perspective. Also seeing for my self what a paradise I live in, makes me appreciate my life, enough of that. Did you do your exercises this morning? Didn't think so, Pop does as see how good she looks. On the thistles, another invasive species not native to America: "The thistle has been the national emblem of Scotland since the reign of Alexander III (1249–1286) and was used on silver coins issued by James III in 1470. It is the symbol of the Order of the Thistle, a high chivalric order of Scotland. It is found in many Scottish symbols and as the name of several Scottish football clubs. The thistle, crowned with the Scottish crown, was the symbol of seven of the eight former Scottish Police Services (from which a new national Police Service was formed in 2013), the sole exception being the former Northern Constabulary. The thistle is also the emblem of Encyclopædia Britannica, which originated in Edinburgh, Scotland." And "According to a legend, an invading Norse army was attempting to sneak up at night upon a Scottish army's encampment. During this operation one barefoot Norseman had the misfortune to step upon a thistle, causing him to cry out in pain, thus alerting Scots to the presence of the Norse invaders." And now you know, the thistles starting to flower as you see. Nasty plants but goats eat them, more goats on the farm needed. Rained this morning but they are promising dry weather into Tuesday so I will cut and cut and cut today and then we are getting done with first cutting. The hay will then dry tomorrow (hopefully). On Monday I am taking 4 steers to market, haven't sold enough of them to you. Jason will start baling and then I will take over and bale into the night. More on the saga of the semen tank, about learning everything the hard way or "how was I to know, nobody told me". So this what happened, brought the tank to the supplier and picked it up filled Friday afternoon, everything good so far. Went home and picked up the pork share I wanted to give them for storing the semen all these years and went to the dairy farm. Found Dan, one of the sons, checking on fences right by the barn. Told him why I was there and that I had a pork share for them. He told me it hadn't been any bother and the pork share unnecessary , didn't take that much space in the tank. But as we got talking, obvious they had worried a little about the tank going bad and everything in it. So he took the pork and we went into the milk house to transfer the semen into my tank. No luck, turned out my tank wasn't tall enough to store the straws safely. I had bought a 10L tank put need a 20L. So I have to wait until I can afford to buy the 20L about $500 and then use this 10L to transport the nitrogen from the supplier. Everything good in a way, always the plan to get the bigger one and they can store the semen until then, the plan to use this semen next summer. Well could have been worse but by nightfall Yesterday I was really discouraged, felt stupid and dumb, but after writing about it and the sun shining, feeling pretty good. Maybe the coffee helped.
  14. The Farmer

    Farm diary

    One short walk this morning and back in, raining, but took a couple of pictures of the rain. But as I promised, checked out the main herd Yesterday and took the camera with me, some of the pictures pretty good if I say so my self. The bulls had settled in and the cows around them, there they will be even into November, the gestation period 9 months for cows. Got the semen tank Yesterday, looked good, made in China of course. Me buying it from China putting somebody out of business in this country I gather. But what can one do trying to improve the bottom line that got lost a long time ago. Brought the tank to the nitrogen supplier and supposed to pick it up at four o'clock today. He said he was supposed to charge me $8 a liter, the tank taking 10. But because I was Icelandic like Magnus Magnusson (the strongest man in the world according to him) he would only charge me $5 a liter. Thank you Magnus, maybe I should send you the $30. I told him my great uncle was a strongman, had his own circus and all. Lifted elephants, tore up telephone books, bent steel bars and such, think it impressed him. But when I told him he was only half brother to my grandfather, seemed like he put two and two together, understood why I am like I am. Then I will bring the filled tank to the dairy farmer hoping he still has the semen in his tank.
  15. The Farmer

    Farm diary

    Rained a little bit towards evening but not much, just enough to soak me while I was ending putting the bulls with the cows, five of them, one just a young thing. Very proud of my self having done it the right day. Two weeks later than last years, felt the calf's were coming a little early. By now my bulls are like kittens, nice as can be, calm and collected. Somewhat a problem actually, if they don't want to go where I want them, they just don't go, look at me as if "how stupid can you be, I am not going there, don't feel like it". Then you don't want to push them too hard, being calm does not mean they have forgotten they are bulls if they decide I am some vermin to be eliminated. So this is how it goes. The bulls are in a long field with some steers, have to convince them they want to go through the gate and to the fold where I can sort them. Some of the steers are skiddish and when I have gotten the whole herd by the gate, maybe 30 of them, they decided three times they want to run to the other side of the field maybe a 1/4 mile. I can not run after them, only walk calmly as if I am there for a Sunday walk. If I start running, everything goes into an other state of mind, adrenalin and fear. So I just walk calmly and in the end they are by the gate and decide it might be fun going through it. On to the fold they go, there we separate the bulls, easy piece after years of selecting for calmness. If a bull shows any kind of fear or aggressiveness at this point, not used for breeding, simple as can be. Then we let the herd go back to the field, load the bulls on to the trailer one by one, heavy, don't want to brake the trailer, and drive them to the cows. There they start making this deep rumbling sound letting everybody know why they are there. Will go later today to check on them and take picture for tomorrow. You see the picture of Blondie, she is on the logo, retired, has not had a calf for several years now, doesn't milk enough for them, they would struggle. She is going to stay as long as she is in good health, how is that for a business decision?
  16. The Farmer

    Farm diary

    Raining right now, not much just drops, the weather forecast says 90% change of rain today, 80% tomorrow and 90% Friday, no haying for the next few days. Supposed to put the bulls with the cows today, my running with the bulls I guess. This is two weeks later than last year, decided the calf's were coming a little early this spring. So I ordered this semen tank on Ebay $223 free shipping. I bought twinning cattle semen a few years back and had a neighbor store it for me in his tank, embarrassing how many years it has been. When I get the tank I have to bring it to the liquid nitrogen supplier, have them fill the tank and then go over to them with a pork share and hopefully pick up the semen. Wont be able to use it this year though, not set up yet for artificial breeding. Have all the equipment chute and all but not had time to set it up, the plan to do it next summer. This tank holds the cold for 80 days and then has to be refilled. The plan to get the next size up for $500 later, that one good for 160 days and then use this smaller one to pick up the nitrogen and pour into the bigger one, plans plans plans. Well if it starts to rain heavy, maybe I will just work on the bulls tomorrow and I work on the spreadsheets inside, the plan to try to incorporate somehow my email address so when you order a share in the spreadsheet you can drop me an email so I know you did it, redundancy, redundancy my mantra. This delivery was actually amazing. I was by my self, Temma away and again and again I made some mistake that was later corrected because of this redundancy. Then if I thought I had made a mistake, I could just go back and check, no mistake. Then I figured out a little thing that helped. We mark the boxes according to stops, 1, 2, etc. We started with the highest number, the lowest coming out of the car first. Every time we had to know exactly how many stops beforehand so the highest number would be right. This time I reversed it, number 1 the last stop going first into the car, didn't have to keep in my head how many stops, "keep it simple stupid".
  17. The Farmer

    Farm diary

    This is very early, us going to a meeting and have to drive for a couple of hours. Took these pictures Yesterday when I came home from haying late in the afternoon, thought you might want to see them, the chicks and Adam the stallion. The chicks are probably around Adam for protection but he hangs around them too, kind of neat. This is the third summer he is with the chicks. So it is a fact, I am very good at haying. 64 bales came of this field, maybe about 800-1000 lbs. a piece, quite a bit of hay. Jason started in the late morning and I took over about 2 PM. Done by 5 PM and Jason then starting wrapping them, done about 8 PM as it got dark. I should take a picture of the bales all in a row.
  18. The Farmer

    Farm diary

    So the delivery went very well, only one mistake if I remember right. On Montaque Street I didn't realize Isaach and Mar live in a building that has a sister building right beside it. So when I saw the door of that house I went in and everything the same, at least to my eyes. Luckily it solved it self, could have developed into a scary si fi horror story, me wondering around the building looking for people who didn't exist in this parallel universe or something. As I say, every delivery a "Mission Impossible". Seems like I might be able to pull this haying off, no rain in the forecast until late in the day. Jason got the baler ready Yesterday, greased and put twine in it and supposed start baling as soon as he comes in. I will then take over in the afternoon and finish. That is to say if the equipment holds up. I will go and buy more plastic to wrap the bales tomorrow, handy to have the money from the delivery. See the chicken with her one chick left, my breeding so to say. The comb black with feathers up to the beak, been selecting for this, small dark combs, hardier in winter. The dark comb just for fun maybe, maybe to confuse the predators thinking it is a crow or something. The fact is, the other chick taken by the predator was lighter. Actually I am breeding black chicken with white wings making the predators think this is a whole flock of skunks. As I said I am a genius like somebody else. I think these birds are called cow birds, no this is just a starling right? Another invasive species. As I took the pictures it jump from one eye to the other, taking flies it seemed. You know the first European starling bred in Central Park, imported to make the Dutch? feel at home. You can actually see the fly being picked in one of the picturers.
  19. The Farmer

    Farm diary

    This is going to be short, a delivery day. Cut for maybe 6 hours Yesterday and then did the orders well past 10 PM, but I finished. Did maybe 40 acres, something like that. Then bale it Monday, have Jason start in the morning and take over by afternoon and bale into the night, might even finish it. The secret to haying, to push it, be bold, not cautious. If it rains into the hay the world is not lost. But if you pull it off, the neighbors will be impressed. Guess if they see rained in hay, they will have a different opinion of me. Or as it says in the poem: Friends and relatives die, everybody dies, but reputation is for ever. Not really true is it, we don´t even know the poet, long forgotten. The poem a collection of good advice. One goes like this: "An armless man can drive cattle, everybody is of some use", and on the good advices go. "When you come to a fire with strangers, don´t turn your back to them". Guess that´s a good one. More on this poem later, in a way the morality of the religion in Iceland and Scandinavia before Christianity, a little bit like the Ten Commandments, just many more of them.
  20. The Farmer

    Farm diary

    The delivery tomorrow, much easier these days with all the systems working, the spreadsheets and all. Constantly thinking up new ways of improving on things and we might be on to something. I put the picture of the tire and rim on my old trusty Deutz because I painted the rims almost 30 years ago now. The former owner had put a calcium-chloride solution in the tire to make the tractor heavier for better traction. But the calciou-cloride, if it leaks out, eats up the steel in the rims, actually holes in them when I got the tractor. So I sandblasted the whole thing, welded up the holes and used a special chemical supposed to combine with the rust somehow. Then painted everything with high quality paint it seems, remember buying the paint at a auto paint supplier. Makes me feel good everytime I see the rims. So should I cut today after chores, the weather forecast says dry until Tuesday when scattered thundershowers. Have to organize the delivery tonight, deliver tomorrow and could bale Monday. But then there is this important meeting Tuesday, don´t want to be tired. So what will I do? cut of course come Hell or high water, try to finish the chores as fast as I can when finished with this and then go out and cut into the afternoon and get the delivery together into the night, should work out. The field to cut maybe 4 miles away from the farm. Anything else? Clementine decided to take the walk with us, the goldenrod getting closer to flowering. The sun actually came out for a couple of second and the cloudcover getting thinner as I write this. There you can see the hen with her one chick almost as big as herself by now. Some predator took the other one a few days back on the lawn, could here the n about 5 am in the morning. The hen does not roost with the other chicken where I lock them up for the night, too early out in the morning. This is Tai waiting on the porch to come in with us.
  21. The Farmer

    Donald Trump

    4.1%
  22. The Farmer

    Eru gömlu málefnin hætt?

    Fór alveg fram hjá mér.
  23. Ég hef svo haft miklar skoðanir á þessu á gömlu Málefnunum, skrifað mikið um hvernig nútíma lýðræðið þróaðist upp úr konungsveldum Evrópu og að lýðræðið í dag sé lítið annað en arfðleið þeirra þjóðfélaga sem urðu svo til undir verndarhendi konungsveldisins. Get minnt á að Dana konúngur kom sérstaklega til Íslands til þess að gefa okkur stjórnarskránna og hún mikið til sama stjórnarskráin og er við gildi í dag, konginum bara skipt út fyrir Forsetann eða er það ekki? Svo getum við farið aftur í tímann þegar konungar voru að sölsa undir sig nágranna ríki eins og Haraldur hárfagri og Karla Magnús, hvað á eitt ríki að vera stórt til þess að virka? Eru Bandaríkin ekki bara of stór til þess að virka, þurfa einhvern eins og Trump til þess að ganga upp? Mín skoðun að ástæðan að Evrópu-sambandið muni aldrei ganga upp að það er endanlega ekkert pólískt vald á bak við stjórnunina á því, embættismenn við stýrið gjörsamlega glatað. Ég er á því að konungsveldin hafi virkað, en endanlega ekki komin reynsla á lýðræðið, innbyggð glötun í þeim. Allt í lagi, íslenska fyrirkomulagið framhald á konungsveldinu, en til þess að það geti virkað að mínum dómi, þarf Forsetinn að vera í alvöru, stórkostleg framför í mínum huga að Ólafur Ragnar virkjaði neitunarvaldið, aldrei hægt að koma því að tunnuna aftur. Það sem ég ætlaði að skrifa um í dag, hver er hepplegasta stærðin á þjóðríki og hvers vegna í ósköpunum þessi árátta að búa til stórríki eins og þið vinstri..... viljið? Hvers vegna viljið þið Evrópusambandið, hver er endanlega tilgangur þess?
  24. The Farmer

    Farm diary

    A farm of broken dreams? Maybe, but live is like that, you keep on going the best you can every day and leave behind things you wanted to do but never got to. Everyday one has to plan what to do. Things that have to be done, should be done and those that can wait and hopefully you get to do some of those that have to be done. Some days I loose my self in what it would be like to have maybe 10 people working on the farm and things getting done when they are supposed to, called daydreaming I guess. But on we go, delivery Sunday, will fill out the delivery sheet today, then to sort the steers form the cull cows and put them with the rest of the steers, just too many animals in that field. The weather forecast says rain tonight but then a couple of days of dry weather. If I cut for a couple of hours tomorrow Saturday before I start to put the delivery together I could bale it Monday after the delivery? But then there is this very important meeting Tuseday and do I want to be tired doing that one? About the pictures, the tire got fixed. I bought a new tire, but when we took the wheel apart the old tire seemed okay. Jason thought it too worn, but I felt we might get some more out of it and back on the wheel it went with a new tube. Probably turns out Jason is right and we will have to put the new tire on soon. But everyday using the old tire is one more day getting use out of it, what can I say. See the woods, if you look closely you can see a car driving behind the trees, the main road going by the farm into Delhi.
  25. The Farmer

    Donald Trump

    Þú byrjar mjög vel Jenar, allt mjög rökfast og af þekkingu, en svo seinna í innlegginu keyrir þú út af veginum og yfir mosa og allt, ætti að taka þig fastan og loka á geðveikarhæli, eyðileggjandi alla vitræna hugsun. Allt í lagi, þeim var umhugsað um "check and balances", eitthvað sem hafði verið í gangi í aldir í Englandi, kóngarnir að níðast á þjóðinni, hreint alveg ótrúlegt, gert stóran hluta af Englandi að veiðilendum fyrir sjálfa sig. En um leið gáfu þeir Forsetanum þessi völd, skildu að mínu mati að einn verður að hafa afgerandi völd, bara eins og það er. Ég á því að stofnendur íslenska lýðveldisins hafi skilið það líka að Forsetinn yrði að hafa eitthvað úrslitavald, sem yrði svo mest táknrætt, en allir þá að beigja sig viljandi undir það. Ég get alveg verið sammála þér að þessir embættismenn á eftirlaunum eigi að halda þessum öryggisheimildum á þeim forsendum sem þú nefnið. En þar á móti kemur að þeir eiga ekki að nota þau völd sem þeir hafa og áhrif í pólitiskri baráttu og ef þeir gera það að Forsetinn sé í fullum rétti að kalla þá á teppið. Sagt að hann hafi verið að tröllast á þeim, veit ekkert um hvaða völd hann hefur til þess að ná öryggisheimildunum af þeim, hið besta mál á tröllast á þeim, þeir sem báðu um það!! Meira seinna, langt innlegg hjá þér.
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