Saturday, June 22, 2024
Chris Judd

The barn dance by Chris Judd

Farmers have always been known to work long hours tilling their fields, planting crops, cutting hay, harvesting crops and tending their animals. All this while watching the weather and planning their many jobs to fit between rains.
Many years they did a lot of praying for rains when there had been no rain for weeks on end and crops were withering up. When this country was first settled; nearly everyone was either working harvesting the forest, clearing land and planting crops to feed their families and animals. If you were part of the fairer sex, you were looking after your kids and husband and tending a huge garden, making clothes, teaching children and if your husband went to the camp for the winter months to make a few dollars harvesting wood, you also tended the animals.
Large structures like houses and barns were too big a project to do alone and neighbours worked together to do these. The neighbour who had the most experience usually helped the owner plan the size and number of trees to cut to build the structure that was planned.

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