We sat in on a demonstration of a steam powered threshing machine in action with all of its belts and moving parts. 2 years ago I was in a play at the Livery in Goderich (mini Broadway actually...) and I played the part of a foreman of sorts, of a threshing with a crew of 3 other farmers. I wish I could remember some of the lines I had; they had to do with keeping the chaf clear of the exit area of the thresher, being mindful of the belts, and I had this bit about how I had once worked with a feller who got caught up inside of a threshing machine and how we just kept pressing on - there was a real funny line in there somewhere.... I can't remember it now though.
Shelly and I had a terrific time and the day couldn't have been any nicer - that is for sure.
They also had a classic car show, plenty of live music, baler twine rope making, great vendors, and even a steam engine powered saw mill milling timber. I'll go back again and I recommend it to anyone else.
After leaving Blyth we traversed north to Wingham, then east to Lucknow, then north again up to Shelly's folk's place. There was a bit of drama with a few flat tires on a wagon so Barry, Ryan, and I changed those up. We'd be no candidates for a NASCAR pit crew, that is for sure, as our beer consumption took priority over the speed in which the rim & rubber had to be switched. We also went on a puff ball hunt and I scored 5 decent edibles to consume. Barry noted he has found 28 this year. That is his limit.
The first week of school went fine. I usually try to take a picture of myself on the first day - But alas, I didn't. I sort of thought at the time how stupid that would be this year, but now I am regretting it a bit. But no worries with me and the 20 pupils. I got back into my routine and I am pretty sure I can eek out the next 190 days of work. And I know the kids will probably learn a lot and have a good time which is important too.