Amish plowing

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Hubby and I just got back from a trip up to the lake, in the Lakeview, OH area. We saw lots of Amish out and about on this beautiful, warm, sunny day. One field we passed was being plowed by a little boy, no older than 10, I'd guess, and his plow was being pulled by 6 large horses! Oh, how I wish I would have had my camera along with me to share that photo! I have seen many Amish men plowing their fields before, but never any using 6 horses! I marveled at how that little one could control that many horses! What a neat sight! Next time you can bet I'll have my camera with me!

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The Amish plowing I have watched starts early in the am with the father or older son breaking the ground with a team of 6-----mostly mules for strength, with one horse for leading.   Next the teen boy [s] take the ground through the various stages, with the chunks of dirt getting smaller, each time around.  By late afternoon, the mother is in on the final raking, with just 2 animals. 

 

Of course this varies.   Sometimes the ground has to sit a day or so,  after the first time 'round, in order for it to dry  a little.  I think the mother does the final one because she enjoys driving  & for her, it's 'recreational.'  Others I have watched used  teams of 4 draft horses, which are huge & so, make the driver appear smaller/younger than he really is.   All the teams I've seen in PA doing spring plowing, etc. were in one wide row.  Not sure how they hitch to do other farm work, as the summer goes by.   Often, a younger son [or daughter] can be seen taking the team to & from the field for the father/older son[s].  

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Where I live, I see this all the time.  It is breath taking for sure despite its regularity.  I love seeing the men work their teams and the boys too.  Perhaps the most moving experience was to see 13 teams plowing one families field. They were in need of help due to a child being in the hospital.  I arrived to share some home made pasta noodles and finish up sewing lessons with my friend.  The men were all in the fields and the ladies were in the house cleaning up after feeding them.  I marvel at the ability of the OOM and how they help each other. 

 

I have wanted to take photos but I don't want to invade their privacy either.  It is so precious to me to see them work the land with such joy and faithfulness.

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Why is it that I am stuck here in Florida with no Amish or Old Order Mennonite folks anywhere nearby that I can ask questions of or volunteer to help in exchange for teaching me farm skills?  It's not fair at all.  I have oodles of questions, and short of moving or taking an extended vacation, I'm just gonna be outta luck, I guess. *pout*

*kicks imaginary rock across the floor*

 

 

Wanna-Be-Farmer-Maggie

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And a PS- Hubby had the boys out learning to mow today, since they are 13.  They like pulling the rip cord on the mower, they feel quite powerful and manly, it's pretty funny!  And they are going to drive me crazy this summer, I didn't have brothers so I know nothing about teenage boys. I am learning that they are wanting to always be doing something and when left on their own to figure out things to do, they are as curious as two year olds! Shopping with them is a disaster, they get bored now.  They just "look" like they are up to something all the time!!!  Oh it's going to be a loooooooooooonnnnnng summer!

So maybe the young fellow you saw was just bored and his Momma sent him out to plow!!!!

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OHHH I would have loved to see that Diann.  I always have my camera phone with me but I have never learn how to download the pictures.  Maybe when I get a new one I will take the time to have the salesperson show me how.  But now when I go in to AT&T they all laugh because they say my cell phone is old and no one knows how to do itYell

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How do you get pictures on your blog then????  It's super easy, you can use a cord that plugs into the camera and a USB port on the computer; you can buy an adapter that fits your memory card at a camera store that plugs into the USB adapter, then the card goes in the slot; or if you are lucky like me, your computer will have a slot for a memory card (mine is SD sized). If you have a some sort of picture managing program on your computer, then the images will just upload to the computer.     

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I use my super old (5 years) Kodak easy share camera for my blog but my cell phone  has a built in camera. That's the one I can't figure out how to download from.  I'm not very good with taking pictures with the camera phone any way.  I think my hand/arm is steady, snap the picture and it comes out really bad (either blurr or shaky or both). The camera phone doesn't have a USB port, that would make it so much easier.  But I'm thinking of getting an I-phone any way and maybe I'll like the camera on it......

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If your phone has web ability on it you can e-mail the picture to yourself and then right click on the picture in e-mail and save-as into my pictures on your computer...

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Phone camera's are weird, I don't know how to use mine either!  An Iphone, that's fancy!  My $30 Nokia has camera/video/music/internet available on it; - I usually try to get a phone that has nothing but phone - that seems to be pretty hard to find these days!  Those Kodak Easy Shares are nice, in that they are easy to operate.  You might be due for an updated camera as well, maybe you should let all those boys of yours know, Mother's Day is just around the corner!!!    

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Usually the boys weed and mulch my landscape for me on Mother's Day.  I really like that present because it means I don't have to do itWink

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That's a pretty good gift!  I like the ones that don't cost myself too.  Just a little sweat and sore muscles in the case of your boys!!

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We were plowing a few days ago, but with a "30" yr old little boy and 1 Farmall!! I have seen the horses and the small boys, work horses tend to be gentle, and if the child is raised around them he wouldn't give it a second thought. Around here(30 ish miles ), the Amish only use 4 horses at most. I am guessing that they were using a very large plow or perhaps they were dragging or discing. I agree, wholeheartedly, that it would have made a fantastic photo!!!!

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Oh, I know I go crazy once I realized I've left my camera home!  I've been scrapping our trip from last year, we went on a walk with our friends in La Plata, MO and I didn't bring the camera!  I might have my friend take a few shots of her children and have her send them to me, so I can use those, but it was a big UGH! moment for me!  

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