I am now officially ‘A Harvest Widow’

Howdy Doody, how are you today?

It is a beautiful day so far today, here in the Midwest of Western Australia.  It was a lovely warm 37 degrees Celsius yesterday, so it was a beautiful day for harvesting, not necessarily so nice to be outside in (oh boy the flies are disgusting too), but good for harvesting.

Now that harvest has started, life becomes quite a bit different.  My husband usually is off to work by 6.30 or 7am every day, then gets home around 8 or 9pm every day.  I may see him a couple of times during the day, to give him his lunch or a cold drink, but those moments are mostly filled with catching up on business work or he is on the phone organising trucks to cart our grain or talking to the truck drivers to see what our grain quality is like.  This is why I have titled this post Harvest Widow, it is the title we farmers wives give ourselves as we all experience something very similar & understand what each other is going through.  It is as though we don’t have family, but we still need to feed, cook, clean, wash etc for them.

So this leaves me home all by myself & this is a very interesting one in itself.  I do love the solitude, oh so much.  But harvest goes on for 8-9 weeks & it becomes a little (to say the least) testing on moods, attitudes and relationships.

When I was a kid I can remember not wanting to eat my dinner & everyone else finishing, I was a fussy eater & would really have a hard time eating some things, I can remember sitting at the table eating all by myself & I HATED IT!!!!!  So much so that I make a point of us sitting while our kids eat, even if they’re taking so much longer than what we want, we all sit there together & talk or play or whatever until everyone has finished eating.  So eating breakfast, lunch & dinner these last 2 days all by myself has been hard & has hit me hard today.  I’m a person contact person.

Right now, this morning I decided I need to put together a plan of what I’m going to do to change the way things are this year.  I haven’t come up with a decision , yet, but I will.  The reason I need to do this is because I feel lonely.  I am home cooking, doing the bookwork & many other things I want to do, but the human contact isn’t there & this is what I miss. I am off to a good start because tonight I am going to the movies with my older sister to see Bad Moms 2, which will be a great laugh.  I think I need to commit some time each time I go to town to have some direct contact with friends & family.  I’ll get my thinking & planning cap on.

Meanwhile here’s a couple of photos of harvest that my hubby & our eldest daughter have taken (she’s working with us on the farm this year)

Close harvester canola wm
Here is one of our combines harvesting canola
Canola front wm
A closer view of the canola going into the machine
Chaser bin & tractor wm
This is a tractor & chaser bin.  Our daughter is driving one of these this year.  It collects the grain from the combine as it is harvesting
Field bins wm
Field bins, where the chaser bin empties into & the trucks collect from
Canola-truck wm
Loading the canola seeds into the truck to go to town for storing until we sell it

 

Ballerina wm
& here is our beautiful daughter being a ballerina   Yes there is some fun had out in the paddock, it’s not all hard work

 

And what’s happening on the farmer’s wife side of things…….I’ve made dinner for my husband & daughter to eat while I’m out & I’ve popped 2 banana cakes plus a carrot cake in the oven for lunchboxes.  I”ll share those recipes with you in another post.

I hope you have a wonderful day (or evening) & we’ll

Chat soon

T x