Sunday, October 28, 2012

Plowin' It Old School Style




What do you do on a dreary, cold Saturday morning? If you live in Smalltownland, you pack up the family and create a little campsite next to the creek. 




And......you bring the mules with you. 





I had the pleasure of accidentally running up on this family activity yesterday afternoon. 






A stretch of bottom land, next to a creek, was being plowed by several gentlemen.  Gentlemen who have been schooled to plow the old way and work to keep the skill alive. 




I had the pleasure of speaking with Vernon, the gentleman in this photograph.  He stopped his team and introduced himself. 


I was impressed with both Vernon and his team of mules.  Both possessed a complete collection of southern manners.  The mules heeded each and every relaxed, quiet command that Vernon uttered.  Each movement was made with grace and confidence.  

And to think I almost didn't turn my vehicle around to photograph all of this AND meet such a kind person.

 

33 comments:

  1. Isn't that amazing....Wow. Vernon has managed to keep it simple. Cheers to him.

    Velva

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  2. Oh my goodness I've never seen such a thing. What a wonderful sight!

    Thought you might like to see my husband's school website

    http://mrtohs.weebly.com

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  3. What a wonderful experience and great photos!
    The first house I owned was built on a former mule farm and I would often dig up mule shoes when gardening!

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  4. Wonderful to see... my county Cheshire still has a ploughing competition every year.. from old style with horses up until the modern day tractors showing off.
    It's well worth seeing.

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  5. love this! your description added such charm to the entire scene.

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  6. I'm so glad there are still those who continue to do things the old way, keeping traditions alive. Great pics, too!

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  7. I have never seen a train of mules like these!

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  8. What a great experience. My brother does most of his "farming" with mules and horses. He claims he was born in the wrong century. I never get to see him doing it much, though.

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  9. You can meet the nicest strangers out in smalltownland and in the fields working the land old-style.

    Great story and wonderful photos too!


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  10. Oh wow, I absolutely *LOVE* seeing things like this. I was driving along our country road here and saw a horse-drawn wagon coming along filled with happy people enjoying the ride. Good for these people to keep an old skill alive. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  11. I wish I could just happen across this Saturday...

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  12. Wonderful post and images. What a charming gentleman. How nice that he was so kind to stop and talk with you.

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  13. What amazing environment you live in !

    Please have you all a good new week.

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  14. I'm so glad you got the opportunity to meet Vernon and introduce him to us...

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  15. Awesome! Life's unexpected meetings can offer such blessings. So glad you turned your car around, such a great post!

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  16. fantastic photos ... I invite you to join my group on facebook .. a door to see what I do and see ... greetings ..
    http://www.facebook.com/groups/166168033521201/

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  17. I love this, Michelle. It is soooo chilly that I am wanting to snuggle down in the house.

    Hugs,
    Laura

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  18. Hi Michelle, this is a perfect picture for a small town life, and I love it. There are kind people all around us.

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  19. What a great opportunity! Neat people indeed.

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  20. wow, that IS impressive! what a lucky day for you to have come upon them...and those hard working mules!!

    that's a BIG cooker by the creek!! they must really be expecting a crowd!

    was a cool saturday...literally!! =)

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  21. That is so great! And what a fun get together!

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  22. well how fantastic is that???!!! haven't seen a mule being used to work the soil since I don't remember when! what a wonderful thing for these men to do...the first horse like critter I ever rode on was a mule...I was 5...bareback and britches :D

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  23. A campout by the creek sounds like a fun family day. I'm so glad you took the time to photograph Vernon and his mules. Only in Smalltown USA...Your pictures and description made me homesick for KY.

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  24. Cool! I had no idea you could create a team pf mules!

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  25. Those mules are gorgeous Michelle -- I love their white muzzles. :)

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  26. Grew up in Temple Hill and just stumbled across your Blog, Kudos..what a flood of emotion coming back, didnt think I would ever see Tobbaco, Milk Cows and Plowing in one place..just buried both Parents in Glasgow and going to miss my trips back..Thanks again

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  27. This is EXACTLY the way I would spend a day in Smalltownland. Your photo series is great. I would love to sit around and talk with folks who are living like this.

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  28. What a nice post! How pleasant it is to meet pleasant people. I have never seen 3 mules used together for plowing; usually, it is 1 or 2. Three makes the work a little easier. I love it when someone has such quiet command of their animals. It says a lot about a person. I think your camping trip is the perfect way to spend a cold day. Around the warm campfire with some hot cocoa or coffee : )

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  29. Your decision really paid off. I bet that turning around is the right call more often than not. I've pretty often cussed myself for not stopping.

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