Ten Years ago

24th July 2006

This may look like a scene from the 1950s but it isn’t. It is perfectly possible that I could take photos of a similar scene today. We have fairly local farmers who grow long straw wheats for thatching. Combine harvesters trash straw so harvesting is in 1950s style with a tractor hauled binder (correctly a reaper binder). The cut wheat is ‘stooked’ up to dry and later a threshing machine is used to remove the grain from the ears. The straw is fed to a reed comber which makes up neat bundles of straw for the thatcher to use.

I didn’t see any of the mechanical processes on this day – but stooks of corn just look lovely anyway.

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The binder has left neat rows of sheaves on the ground. It needs a team of workers to erect the stooks.

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And there they were, away in the distance. It’s a labour intensive business.

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Doesn’t it look grand? Maybe it would loom more 1950s if we converted it to monochrome.

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For the record, what I saw operating that day was a combine!

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