Harvest has been over for a few weeks but I wanted to share a few pictures and reflect on 2019. . . •
It wasn’t the easiest year. It was a year that challenged, frustrated, and took a lot of patience. It will be a year we will never forget. The very wet/cold calving season, the flooding, the no planting in the month of May, the dry times, the slow start to harvest, the grind in the middle to the end of harvest, and the occasional uh ohs that might have happened. The best part about this crazy year is that I got to stand beside Justin for another year, support him through the madness, and become his fiancé. #soontobefarmerswife Side note: I do not work on the farm. I am a territory manager for an Animal Health company but I’d like to think being a significant other to a farmer is a very important job in itself. 😉 •
I know good and well this will definitely not be the only bad, chaotic, hectic, we should definitely not write a book about this year we will have. But these are the years that make us appreciate the good years. Cheers to 2020 let’s pray for high yields, great weather, and safety for all our guys & gals! See you later 2019 crop year. 🙌🏼🌽☀️
So this is #133, "Goldie", or "The Bomber" depending on who you are talking to and what era you're talking to them in, and it's probably my favourite truck in the fleet. Luckily enough it was the truck I got the most seat-time in, and it's also the one that's taught me the most. 1989 Peterbilt Model 379 with a 425hp Caterpillar 3406B Engine mated to a 15 speed RoadRanger transmission.
This is sort of a legendary set up actually; remember that Black Dog movie I was fawning about before <See my favourite clip from the movie attached as the last entry in this album> Well, according to IMCDB.org, the hero truck was a Pete 379 with a 425hp Cat 3406 engine too. Badass. "Ain't nothin' like a Caterpillar engine!"
The 3406"B" variant is especially special because it's the last fully mechanical diesel engine that Caterpillar produced. Crude, but full of charm in the way a fully mechanical clock or wristwatch will always have appeal over cheaper yet more precise quartz movement.
- that fully mechanical engine means this platform will probably last damn near forever on scheduled rebuilds; inevitable electrical gremlins are usually what makes trucks not-worth-fixing in the long run, so you can imagine how avoiding all but the most rudimentary electrical systems can be a secret advantage. So far, according to the service book, it's gone 1.4+ million miles (2.25+ million km) and still pulls strong.
It is official, my sisters and I are releasing a Napa Valley Chenin Blanc in March 2020! Link is in bio to read more about why we chose such a rare grape variety today that once was one of the most widely planted within Napa Valley in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. #mondavisisterscollection #cheninblanc #napavalley #harvest2019
Nothing says Merry Christmas like delivering big bags of onions two weeks before Christmas. Cause some people really like onions. And crying. And having stinky breath.😜 Did you know that onions have a shelf life on average of 4-6 months if stored correctly in a cool, dry and dark place. Take good care of your onions and they’ll take good care of you...so they say!!😜
A little throwback to barreling down at the end of November! It’s always such a great feeling and it marks the end of a busy 2019 season.🙌🏼 We’ve written some notes about this year’s harvest on our blog if you’d like to check it out!
Can it be summer already! Missing the harvest time and late nights! Spent long hours in the field. #harvest2019 # Saskatchewan 🌾
“The last day of harvest” turned into the second last day of harvest yesterday.
Once again we were plagued with our annual curse of breakdown’s while trying to finish things up. ⠀
It started off smooth but a cold, very cold crisp morning prefect for combining corn. The ground frozen so not to leave any track marks and limit compaction of the soil too🙌
Too good to be true. ⠀
🚨 alarm after 🚨 after alarm 🚨
After examining the situation I though I had fixed the problems and the outcome wouldn’t be monumental if I kept driving but, if we started to lose power in the engine I would clean out the air intake.
Well that time came quickly and I made my way to the back of the combine, I climbed up on top and what did I find The whole plastic air filter casing has collapsed into itself like the powerful vacuum it is. ⠀🤯🤦♂️
I was taken aback by the scene as this was not an outcome I was expecting. Certainly a much more costly outcome too. 💰I yielded to the harvest gods as it had been quite a day already but, as I sat there thinking about the day, I almost had to smile. ⠀
That farmer in me, the ever enduring optimist. I will move forward from these events, propelling me on to today, which will surely be “The last day of harvest”. 😜