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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. 

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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.

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So I am back, my computer died, the hard drive to be exact. They were able to get all the information of it so in the end all good or almost. The thing is, the hard drive that came with the computer originally died a couple of years ago and these same people put a solid state drive in. The Computer improved dramatically, much faster. But now that drive started to go and they told me they had problems with them, the name Kingston. So they gave me a good deal on a new one, Samsung and everybody almost happy. They should have given me a better deal but what can you do, one has to keep on smiling, at their mercy.

So I went to the farmshow and learned a lot, more on that later. Cut and cut the day before Yesterday and baled it all Yesterday and wrapped, raining now. I am just amaising, nobody but me could have pulled this off, nobody. Well maybe he helped a little bit, you should consider us Lutheran's getting special favor's. You Catholics maybe forgiven but us Lutheran's with the luck on our side. ?

So now first cutting is done, Jason says 768 bales each about 800-1000 pounds, a lot of hay, maybe I try to sell some this winter.

See these birds, the parents must have tried to build a nest there and somebody decided to help them, right by the road up by the Finger Lakes. Putting in some pictures I took at the show and on the way,  more later.

The reason I am under my name, lost all the passwords when the computer went and will take time to get back in shape.

See that green tractor, a Deutz, $69.000 at 5% for seven years. As I said, all this fresh paint gives you a high.

 

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Something went wrong here, have to write this as a guest, will fix later.

Well at least the vegetation likes this wet summer, everything blooming. As I said first cutting done and we will use the time until second cutting to catch up on things, want to do some work on the pond, have to fix the chimney, about to fall, lot to do, out to do the chores.

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So I am taking cattle to auction today, 4 of them, bills have to be payed and we have to keep on trucking. The good thing, the year been good to the cattle and enough of them to go around, to many to sell direct marketing.

Then this afternoon I am going with Jason to help him pick up an antique tractor, think he wants to try this tractor pulling or something. But as usual I have an ulterior motive, going to stop at a  custom butcher an hour away or so to check him out, said he was willing to do my cattle.

The plan to try a new thing. Sell you the animal beforehand in shares and them have the custom butcher do it, that being the law. You will then have a whole year to get what you committed to and only pay on delivery. Lets say you bought three shares or committed to them and I deliver them, lets say over 5 months and you pay on delivery.

You think it could work? But I will have to limit it to only those of you who have already had orders from, just too many times, somebody has ordered for the first time and then canceled, did not realise what he was getting into or something. You will then have the right to cancel for what ever reason, just have to tell me the reason. Don't have the money, turned vegetarian, don't eat beef no more, what ever, you just have to tell me why and I will absorb the loss.

Told you about the Kubota dying in the middle of the road, we are going to fix it. First to try to do it our selfs and if we can't, take it to the dealer and have him fix it, has to be ready for winter, the tractor we bring the bales to the cattle with.

So here is another scheme, this tractor has 3800 hours on it and from now on we can expect things to break down. Many years left in it hopefully, but just not as reliable as in a new machine. So I found another one in Texas wit 1600 hours on it and a new loader. $33900, really cheap. Actually, makes one think "if it is to good to be true, it usually isn't". Been passing it by Temma and she hasn't said categorically no, think she understands the issue, just no fun having  machine brake down maybe in sub zero weather and no way to get the hay to the cows, something that keeps you awake at night.

The loader on our Kubota has valve for the grabber, that is to say, can grab the round bale and squeeze it to hold on to it, this one in Texas doesn't, going to cost a couple of thousand to add it on. Another issue, got a quote on how much it would cost to have it transported to the farm $3000. So here we are, stay posted.

Looks good doesn't it, but does not have a cab, a cab nice in winter. On the other hand visibility can become a problem in a snow storm, the snow sticking to the glass, the cows have to be fed no matter the weather. In summer, no cab needed, never that hot here at 2000 feet. Another issue in my mind, these cabs are not really like on a car the tractor usually leaking oil and fumes and air in the cab maybe not totally fresh. 

Lets see what the bank says and Temma.

https://www.tractorhouse.com/listings/farm-equipment/for-sale/27062875/2013-kubota-m108s

 

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That was one short walk, raining. But what else is new, raining, raining and raining. No flooding though, just drops day after day. Not that we care, first cutting done, rain all you want.

Busy day Yesterday, four cattle to market, about one hour drive north. Then to Middleburg, about an hour drive east to check out this butcher and if it could work out. Not sure but we will probably try, some logistics to work out.

The best way obviously to do the cattle on the farm, but for that I need a walk in cooler and a freezer. Never give up, never ever, just keep on going one day at a time. Talking about today, picking up the two steers I had done at Steiner. One of them will be divided up for an auction, will hopefully post it tonight. Not that these auctions work very well, everybody wants the best cuts and then the lesser cuts are left, but we will try it one more time.

About ranting a little bit, talked to this butcher, does a lot of business with restaurants, seemed like he was struggling. The restaurants don't pay up, and only want specific cuts. Lot of struggle going on in rural America it seems all a round one.

One thing interesting, New York State is a big place, the auction in a flat area with lot of corn fields. The butcher in the hills or some would call mountains. Everything very green this wet summer. I have lived here now for some decades but never get used to this lushness, Iceland a little different. Then when you drive west into Ohio and things start to dry up, you see more irrigation as you drive further west. The furthest west I have driven, to Chicago some years ago now, America sure is a big place.

One more thing.Talking to this butcher, the USDA rules on custom slaughtering just so confusing, I really don't know what they are. I really think I would have a case and against the USDA, everything just too confusing, a farmer doesn't really know what they are and it is as if the USDA doesn't want you to know. Maybe it is just this bureaucracy not knowing what it is doing, but maybe it is deliberate.

So this butcher told me, Larry (the butcher in Hardwick who was bought out and only Steiner left now) was bought up by somebody who has 5000 head of cattle. The thing is, enormous money floating around in the food industry, Amazon there and who knows everywhere. And they all intend to make their money on YOU by putting us small farmers out of business. Then they can have you eat what they want you to eat. And who cares if it kills you or not, something big business can not worry about, their issue the quarterly earnings.

 

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And I said first cutting was done? not quite right, a neighbor came back Yesterday and asked if we wanted to do a field next to our farm and I said yes. For many different reason, close by and short to get the hay in the winter. Also if he isn´t doing it, don´t really want somebody else doing it this close to the farm. might get ideas he could do other fields I am doing now, terratorial if you will. I am delibartly doing this delivery low key, both becouse some of you are away, but also becouse I want to get into the habbit of not thinking too much about it too early, a sourch of stress.

Do you know what bird this is, I don´t. Learned the names of the most comon birds in my old country but don´t know to much about them here, many more speices here too. You want to see a picture of the National bird of Icland "The lóan", my grandoughers name is Úna Lóa. 

the bird that brings the spring

 

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The agenda for to day is to do the chores and then start to plan the delivery for this Sunday. Trying to do it at specific times, so as not to think about it all the time, a source of stress. Then bale what I cut Yesterday into the night, supposed to rain tomorrow. 

As a farmer one is under a lot of stress trying to do everything in a timely manner. On top of that one is somewhat low on the totem pole, somewhere with the untouchables in India but at the same time lot of people on ones case, we who feed you.

You can't fry your phone for breakfast can you now? Invite you friends tonight to eat the computer? No you have to buy food from somebody and very likely I the only one you know personally. One reason for all these pictures of the animals, so you can get to know them and how they are raised, you get what you see.

Maybe it is not an issue for you, doesn't matter if what you eat is raised in a factory or on a farm, but it does to me. We had London broil last night, I was actually surprised how good it was. Temma made it very rare and cut into thin slices, French string beans fried in pork fat and corn on the cob with it. Talk about eating like a king untouchable or not.

One thing about our meat, my believe mind you, have nothing to back this up. Because of how it is raised, we can eat it raw and do, the right bacteria on the farm and therefore in the meat and in the end us. So by eating our meat your are also getting our flora for your digestive system.

Routinely when we eat out I get sick, why I don't know. One theory of mine, because I was raised in Iceland, different gut bacteria there. But the fact is, as long as I eat mostly what is raised on the farm I am good. And only those who have a difficult digestive system know what a luxury it is to have a good one.

And by the way, the golden rod starting to flower here in Central New York at 2000 feet. This is not pollution or smoke, just morning mist.

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No pictures today, raining out there. I baled this hay Yesterday, and supposed to be dry over the weekend, will maybe do the rest then. The delivery this weekend canceled, not enough orders, many of you away this time of year etc. moved it to the 26th.

The plan to go today to Pen Yan about 3 hours away to look at a tractor. An Icelandic word for that trip "gönuhlaup", translation " to run without any purpose what so ever, even over a cliff", well that's me.

You can see the tractor here, guess I have a weakness for Italian design or something. Also because the price is right, lot of tractor for not that much money, but have to get a loader on it though so I can feed the cows in winter with it. The good part, if it has never had a loader not been abused hopefully. The reason the price is right, not that many Landini's in this country, but Landini is one of the oldest tractor makes. I can put a picture in from the fifties, and a modern one:

https://www.tractorhouse.com/listings/farm-equipment/for-sale/27048239/landini-legend-125tdi

 

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Really, it just keeps on raining. Almost sun when I went out this morning as you can see on these pictures, but when I did the chores raining again and raining now. No flooding in our area but flooding not far from us. So I went to look at that tractor, utter total stupidity and nonsense. Of course it didn't have two thousand some hours on it, thousands and thousands more, the hour meter broken or something.

Well interesting drive through the Finger Lake area, wineries everywhere and you can go and taste their wines. Then in a few years when we have all become alcoholics, tea will be the fashion. I am one of those who never goes to a casino, believing I would bet the farm before I left, not about to stop at one of these wineries and be thrown out for Icelandic behavior. Alcohol and Icelandic genes not a very good mixture. Not like the French drinking wine with their mother's milk. Now I understand lot of French have a problem with alcohol too.

https://www.thelocal.fr/20130304/alcohol-kills-49000-french-people-a-year

So I left a beef share out by mistake, long enough for it to thaw but not long enough go bad. So we have been eating the share cut by cut. And even if I say so my self, pretty good stuff, fit for kings.

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"A farmer with an attetude" something I thing quite a bit about. How I am supposed to interact with you, landowners who's fields I use and everybody, how careful am I to be not to let my self come thru.

My mother in law was Icelandic too. She would say "Icelandic humor is not considered funny unless somebody gets hurt". A truth to it and most likely part of me, have to be careful not let it come tru to you Americans who are so polite, invented the phrase "have a nice day".

There is an Icelandic phrase "to come to the door in the clothes you have on", meaning you are not supposed to hide who you are or what you are about. So here I am trying to communicate to you what farming is about but at the same time, afraid it will put you off.

Maybe you don't like seeing pictures of the animals you are going to eat, don't want to dwell on the connection between the meat on your plate and the living cows in the field. Maybe it is also a woman thing, women having a harder time making the connection, more loving than us men brutes?

I see it differently, love my animals as one can love non human beings and try to take care of them the best I can, but have no problem they are here for food. None what so ever, part of live in my book. I loath factory farming and feel sad every time things go wrong as they do on a farm and animals suffer as happens on a farm, no fun being eaten a live by a fox I gather etc. etc. always something going on all the time.

On to other things. Only Pez left of the pups,, Pu lost a long time ago. The funny thing or interesting. Before Pu disappeared he had already turned into a dog, peeed with his leg up and everything, but Pez still growing now a couple of months later, still doing his with both legs on the ground. Going to be quite a bit bigger than both his parents.

 

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Had a different lens on the camera this morning, taking pictures of paintings for the wife Yesterday, my other job. So as you see, the pictures a little different. One of Pez taking his morning pee. Can´t help it, fasinated by that he is still a puppy and growing, taking this much longer than his brother to grow up. He is already a size bigger than Pip. If Pip is 8 shoe, Pez is 9 at least.

The next two days are going to be interesting, today me and Jason are going to two different Kubota dealerships to pick their brains. having clutch or transmission problems with our Kubota, Think we have eliminated it being the transsmission and then the clutch left. This tractor has a fancy "wet" clutch, meaning it is not "dry" obviouisly. The conventional clucth is a plate against a plate you seperate with the foot pedal thereby disconnecting the power from the engine to the wheels through the transmission to shift gears or stop. This being the tractor used to move the bales to the cows in winter, the cluctch takes að lot of abuse, the tractor going back and forth loading the bales on the trailer, taking them off bringing them to the cows etc. etc. 

The thing is, we got it with this "wet multi disk clutch" for that reason and think it has nothing to do with wear, some design problem or defect, we will see. Now this tractor has close to 4000 hours on it (got it new for $57.000) and the one we depended on to feed the cows and me starting to worry it will not be as dependable from now on. A real problem having a broken tractor mid winter and the cows hungry.

So here is the plan, get another one exactly like it used with the same kind of loader. Then we will learn how to maintain them, what specific problems they have etc. etc. Things interchangeable. Have them grow old together and eventually even cannibalise one of them for parts. What do you think? I am not about buying a new one today close to and even over $100.000!!

The one we have does not have a cab. Better in summer, always a breeze here at 2000 feet and never that hot when haying. But that same breeze gets bitter cold in winter, frozen toes and fingers before feeding is over sometimes. So the plan to find a cab one. Well we will see, have  couple of months to find one. The financing secured and us ready to roll when we find a suitable one. Was almost on my way to 40 minutes out of Dallas to look at one. Could fly from LaGuardia for under $200 round trip. Then rent a car, drive to see it and back, would have been fun seeing Texas, never been there. 

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Writing this now for tomorrow before I go to bed, because tomorrow morning I am taking off on my insane search for this right tractor, a madman does mad things, simple as that. Took these pictures especially for you today on my trip, knew I would be going by a place you see half the world it seems, New York State sure is a big place and some places you can see how big.

After tomorrow I will calm down, wait patently until the right tractor comes along and jump on it like the tiger, but after tomorrow, one more mad dash and I am done, learned a lot and more focused on what I a looking for, more later.

One thing, interesting or funny, saw this tractor I thought was Russian, remembered it from Iceland. But low and behold, not Russian, Ukranian or something, a lot of tractor for lot less money, no computer in them just done the old solid way. Who knows, a Ukranian tractor coming on the farm.

http://www.mtzequipment.com/tractors/mtz-920

 

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Rain rain rain and raining right now. So I went on this trip to find this tractor, no luck. An auction where you get the feeling New Yorkers are trying to sell their stuff for food, rural America a depressing place I tell you if green and beutifull. 

So drove thru this town and saw this below, had to stop and take pictures. Later I googled and learend one more time what a mighty giant the Empire State was in its glourious days. And by the way, not too far from Mark´s Twain's home.

So guess it was a little different then from now where the workers at Amazon live in their cars in the parking lot because they are homeless, the owner of Amazon the richest man in the world and wants to use his money to get into space, not to take care of his workers! Our brave new world.

So if you want to hear more on the tractor adventure, the search starting to get more focused. It needs to have this loader so I can move the bales in winter feeding the cows. Either I buy a used tractor with it on, or get a new loader from the factory, more flexibility that way finding the right tractor. 

So I went to the dealer to have it priced. Even if this is a Japanese tractor made in Japan and the loader Kubota too, the loader is made in this country, interesting. Came out at about $10.000. The interesting thing, they give you 24 months to pay it, no interest and no cash incentive if you pay it all in the beginning.

So here is the plan, I buy the tractor up front and order the loader for it. Then I can put more money into the tractor and get 24 months to pay the loader off. Found  this tractor in lower Ohio about ten hours away. The plan to drive down there next week to look at it.

The problem, a platform tractor, no cab, but a lot of tractor for less money, only about 500 hours on it. First and foremost I need a dependably machine, if I freeze my butt off a lesser issue. The cab is just going have to be layers and layers of clothing. ?

Did I tell you my father worked for the American Army as a carpenter during the second world war? Then while I was growing up he would sometimes say the Americans knew how to dress for the cold. Always found that one really really stupid, I knew everything about America from the Hollywood movies and nothing in them about it being cold.

Then I moved here, took me several years to learn to dress for winter, never this cold in Iceland believe it or not, all about layers.

His last job before the end of the war was to put up a war hospital in Iceland, the plan to bring severely wounded soldiers from the European theater to Iceland before they would be brought home. The war ended before it was finished and for years and years it was used as a TB hospital,  TB a real problem in Iceland as other places.

And did I tell you, if not for the American Army I would not exist. My father got serious pneumonia, I think working on this hospital, that winter very harsh. Only because he worked for the Army did he get penicillin and me born five years later 1950.

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Yes the sun is out and going to stay for several days. Quite a bit colder when I went out this morning, even a little fall in the air.Yesterday I walked the woodlot just before dark, the plan to do logging this winter. A farm needs money, a lot of money to keep on going, for taxes if nothing else. Saw tree and a tree starting to turn colors.

I was telling my neighbor about this plan of mine, a City slicker (very nice otherwise in every other way :-)). He bought the farm next over and uses the house in the summer. "No!" he said much too dangerous, get somebody else to do it. "What else is new" I said, farming the most dangerous occupation of all, beats mining, police work and wouldn´t be surprised soldiering too. Would be nice if one could make money at it too, maybe then not like being on the eastern front retreating most of the time. Has its charm though when the sun is shining and all.

On to business and now you have to pay attention, important stuff coming up. Yes I am a farmer with an attitude and many reasons for that. I want do not advertise this farm for many different reasons. One, don't want to support Facebook and don't even know what they do with the money I give them. They tell me this and that but I have no way to know if it is true. Then also, brings in people who have a hard time understanding what I am doing and why. Then those who are just curious, even doing market research and make me answer all kind of questions just to know what I am doing and how, gets somewhat depressing. 

I have this diary here and the news letter, the only way to reach you. I try to have the news letter short with pleasant pictures and important messages I need to get out, here I write more about what is on my mind, helps me and hopefully some find it interesting to see the pictures and such. Noticed that by putting the pictures in here, I see them differently, a feedback, quite interesting actually.

Anyway did this auction on this steer click here. Was in fact discouraged with these auctions, felt you the customers were picking out the stuff you wanted and the freezers filling up with the less desirable cuts. Then Eric talked me into doing another auction and I did. Had improved the system and much easier this time, many improvements. And then one of you just Yesterday asked me to tell her if somebody overbid her and I did. She put in another bid and got what she wanted. That experience gave birth to an idea. What if you send me a message on ikjarval@gmail.com and tell me how high you are ready to go and find reasonable. Then I raise the bid in 50 cents steps. You then get it 50 cents over the highest bid up to you maximum no matter how low. Are you game? This is how it is done many places, Ebay, farm equipment auctions and other places.

One of the problems being a simple farmer not a sophisticated salesman, I don't know what I am selling and what it is worth. Here is a little story, left a beef share out of the freezer by accident. It thawed, but long enough out to go bad. Could not sell it to you guys, but good enough for us to eat, so that's what we did, cut by cut,.Surprised how good it was, fit for kings and queens, maybe even princesses, well maybe.

For example, did not know how good the London broil is, thought it to be a lesser cut. Maybe how Temma cooked it, basically raw in thin slices with French string beans fried in porkfat, but it was gooooood!

Or in other words, by doing these auctions you become the price maker. So please try to participate, best if you buy a share and then supplement it with lots from the auction with cuts you know how to use. Right? Are we on!?

 

 

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So this is what farming is actually like, fixing broken machinery and it always brakes while in use, not when it is sitting in the barn. So Yesterday I did some marketing, news letters and such, worked on the delivery this Sunday and all very good. Then I went to cut some grass for hay. Did that maybe for 40 minutes and then the mower didn't want to work no more. Home I  went and spent maybe an hour locating what it was, something in the gearbox transferring the power from the pto shaft to the mower bar.

Me and Jason then spent a couple of hours taking the gearbox out of the machine, the gearbox maybe 70 to a 100 lbs. Then took it inside and starting taking it apart. Found the bad bearing, a seal had gone in the bottom of the box and all the oil leaked out. Then we ran  into a problem getting a shaft out, has to be pressed out of the pox in a press. So we called it a night to sleep on it. So today Jason is taking it to a machine shop to make sure we are on the right track pressing the shaft out or even having them do it. Four bearings, maybe $30 a piece and two seals, not that much money but a lot of work. Even though only one bearing went, because they are all in the same oil bath, the prudent thing to change them all. As I said, this is farming. We actually had some fun pulling the gearbox out, got excited, teamwork, maybe even a bonding experience. 

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I am surely the most popular guy around when I have a bucket of whole corn in my hands, everybody just loves me and comes running. Nice to be liked but quite the racket. So on goes this tractor saga, the newest, found a repo company that has a few, one in southern Florida. That one has a cab and all. So the cab is back. As I said, lying still like the tiger until the right tractor appears on the internet and then I will jump on it with out warning. But just the transport will cost $2000.

Have an hour or two until I finalize the delivery for tomorrow. All systems working and the stress level low, lets hope it stays that way. Wall street, Brooklyn a few places inQueens village a couple of stops further west out on Long Island, everything in order it seems.  

Think maybe I have twin calves out there. One of the plans of so many to breed for twinning in the herd. Have semen from a herd the Government kept for years ,a collection from all over of cows that had twins, the plan to use semen next summer, plans plans plans.

One more thing and then I am done. On this mower. Turned out I was one month beyond the warranty but that they might still honor it. Does not mean I get a new gearbox it seems, just the parts to fix it or something like that. We will work on it after the weekend.

 

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Short, delivery today. Going to put this video in the from 1987, a news story of a cow that swam across a fjord in Iceland when she was to go to the slaughterhouse, quota on milk production and the farmer had to reduce his herd. She then lived on the farm she came to the rest of her live and is buried on the beach where she took land. They have a yearly swim (by humans) in her memory. She supposedly swam almost a couple of miles across in somewhat heavy seas. Her mother was supposedly grey, according to Icelandic folklore grey cows came from the sea. 

Cows have always been higly regarded in Iceland, milk very important through the ages. As you can see, only grass grows in this cold climate and cows very efficient turning it into milk. And I might have told you this already, the first cow in the Americas came with the Greenlander´s who settled in Greenland from Iceland, maybe that cow looked a lot like this one.

Mentioned in the "Greenland Saga". Tells about the natvies who liked the taste of the milk and would come into camp to get some. One day they came and all the men out foraging, only this one woman left in camp, the "indians", The Greenlander´s called them "sunburns", started to get aggressive. So what she did to scare them off, took off her shirt and slapped her breasts with a sword she had, scared them off all right. And I did not make this up, all written down about a 1000 years ago!

 Just look at the video even if you don´t understand the language, visually fasinating. Rembember it is from 1987. Scroll down until you find it in the new story. The video on top showing the swimmers today and the people in the news story from 1987:

http://www.ruv.is/frett/syntu-yfir-onundarfjord-eins-og-kyrin-saeunn

 

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Failed Yesterday to write in the diary and put in pictures. Maybe I was tired from the delivery, but mostly I think because Pop is in heat, a little complicated to take the dogs for their morning walk. Very muggy this morning as you can see on the picture. Interesting though, the light kind of neat in them, you never know what the light I going to do. It has been very educational taking these pictures every morning and look at them right after, seeing things I didn't realize before, the camera has a way of seeing things differently than the human eye.

Another hot and muggy day coming up, but not as hot as most of you have to endure. I am supposed to bring two pigs and two cattle to Steiner today, the plan to work on it later in the day ones the sun is lower. The animals only have to be there before nightfall. 

Going to work on this tractor today I am hopefully getting, seems like I got an agreement from the seller. A tractor from the southern tip of Florida, lets hope it was not in a hurricane or something. Has a cab, will call the person when I have finished writing this.

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Another hot day here at 2000 feet, must be a lot hotter further down where you are. Wonder if this mist is from the fires out west?

As I have told you, write quite a bit on this Icelandic website, politcs and such, not always totally nice ?. Get under the skin of some, enough so they worked on pictures of me, kind of funny so I put it in here.

We got the animals to Steiner Yestersday, started late ones the sun was lower and I unloaded at Steiner as it was getting dark, done. Maybe I work on the next delivery today, try to figure out new things in the spreadsheets etc. decide the next date, anything not to be out there.

Nothing like having some hay to sleep in. Becouse of this muggines og mist the light is kind of intresting.

 

 

 

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Lapsed Yesterday didn't put anything in, very sorry about that, but have excuses. Just so xxxxx hot and humid, felt like old and tired, O well old and tired I guess. 

So the saga on the tractor is allmost told, bought and arranged transport from Florida to the farm. $1695 for the transport, not bad at all for a 9000 lbs. machine I think.

This is a tractor with a CAB coming out of a Kubota leasing program I think. Putting in a picture from an ad of it. This one obviously not new, with over 3000 hours on it. Will put in pictures when it comes. We have one exactly like it without a cab, the tractor we use in winter to feed the cows, just very nicely balanced for that kind of work.

Gets cold sometimes though, not so few times I have had to get off the tractor to do some "Icelandic fisherman's exercises" to get the blood flowing again. You stand in the same place and slap your arms around your self as violently as you can. Has to do with that in a little open boat in the middle of the north Atlantic you have to be very careful not to overturn it. I add to it running in circles while slapping my arms. Those who see me, must think "the crazy Icelandic farmer again". As I said to my neighbor farmer (retired), farming is only for the insane, he thought that I was very funny, but I was not telling a joke, deadly serious.

One reason I think it necessary to get this tractor, the one we have, also has over 3000 hours on it, over 4000 actually. The clutch went this summer and I think the tractor can't be trusted anymore to do it alone, needs a backup when something brakes. Tractors with a loader as this one to move the round bales are very hard on the clutch, has to do with going back and forth, back and forth.

We just split that one Yesterday to get to the clutch, the clutch is between the engine and transmission (putting in a picture I took this morning). Until it was a part we did know the problem, an educated guess, so we obviously were very happy when we saw the clutch done for, not something bigger only $800 in parts and us doing the work. This is farming for you. 

Took a couple of picture Yesterday as the sun went down, you can see the difference, the sun still on the hill down the valley.

These are the boats Icelandic fishermen fished in into the twentieth century, my grandfather started out on boats like these, the losses were just horrendous. Their clothes were made of skin dipped in animalfat to make them waterproof, must have smelled somewhat.

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Another day on the farm, a lot cooler Yesterday and this morning. The day before Yesterday I started this logging, 6 pinetrees needed to come down where I am connecting two fields. Planing this for years. Most of the trees actually weed thorn trees, had already pulled them out with the backhoe over the years.

Just hard, too hot, felt like an old man. But Yesterday was much easier. Got them almost all out, only one left to de limb and drag out. The plan to do two-by-fours out of them. As you can see by the dogs in the field, second cutting around the corner. The parts for the gear box on the mower came Yesterday. Just another day the on the farm. 

My plans for the farm go decades into the future, much further than my lifetime. But thats farming, everything done for the future, improving the soil, clearing land, trying to improve the livestock, everything looking far far into the future.

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Yesterday I was cleaning out this woodlot, the plan to clean stone out there today and then done for this year, back to it next year. But who knows, maybe in the fall I will be back spending a couple of days there, a long term plan again. Using the stone I pick to line a creek I am moving, a dam and a hydro power plant somewhere there far in the future. The stone on the farm is actually perfect for stone walls, one plan to sell them, plans plans plans, stay posted. Need stone? Come and pick it. 

I should tak a walk and take pictures of the stonewalls built on the farm through the centuries, some of them amazing, somebody put a lot of work and love into them. You can see on a stonewall how much work was put into on how tight it is. Easy to stack the stones on top of each other haphazardly, but to make a real tight stonewall takes a lot of time and study. Here is a promise, will take a walk and take pictures, one of these days, have to study the woodlot anyway for the logging this winter.

 

 

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