Driving The Tractor On the Farm

An excerpt from my book, Those were the days, my friend.

Chapter 4: Farming the Land

I started driving a tractor at a very early age, probably about three or four.  At first, I would drive through gates so the cows wouldn’t get out.

Cattle can be on the back end of the farm and if they hear or see a tractor going through a gate, they will come running. By the time the tractor driver gets off the tractor, opens the gate, and drives through, the cattle are there and trying to get out. This leads to much disarray as the farmer then has to round them up and herd them back into the pasture; the cattle are never very cooperative.

We had a small tractor, I could barely reach the clutch, but would manage to get the tractor in gear, release the clutch and drive thru the gate, and then I would hit the gear shift with my fist, knocking the tractor out of gear, and applying the handbrake to stop when the tractor had cleared the gate.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

 

Rolling The Car Over In the Cow Pasture

 

Written By: Gary Wonning

We had an old ‘38 Pontiac that had seen it’s better days, it’s the same car we drove home on the day our house caught on fire. Our cousin Bob and dad decided to see if they could take it out in the field and drive down a hill as fast as the old car would go, cut the wheel hard and see if they could roll it over.

After several tries, and no success they gave up. Even though the tires had grass between the rim and the tire, they couldn’t roll it over. They don’t make cars like that anymore.

Those were the days my friends

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

No more Sweet Potatoes

 

Written By: Gary Wonning

An excerpt from my book,”Those were the days my friend.”

I ignored it for a while, but sometime in March, it began to wear on me. Finally one evening during supper, I pushed my plate away and exclaimed, “That’s it, I don’t care if I starve to death, I’m not eating any more sweet potatoes. “

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

Government Assistance

Written By: Gary Wonning

An excerpt from my book,”Those were the days, my friend.”

Our parents and community taught us to be self-reliant, it was frowned upon to accept assistance from anyone unless it was really needed, and then the community was more than glad to help. Everyone realized they could be in the same boat sometime and were more than willing to help.

It was a disgrace and Un-American to accept help from the government. People looked down on you for even thinking that. It was considered taking someone else’s money, almost like stealing.

In the 1950s, there was a surplus of corn; so the government came up with the grand idea of paying farmers not to farm their land, thereby artificially raising the prices. Named the soil bank, most of the farmers in our area were strongly opposed to it.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

It Pays to Not Be Bored

 

Written by: Gary Wonning

An excerpt from my book, “Those Were The Days.”

I soon learned that if I hung around the house, mom would find something for me to do, and it was normally something I didn’t want to do, so it was best to stay outside and play. I liked to aggravate her, but I soon found out that telling her I was bored wasn’t in my best interests.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

Feeding The Chickens At Grandpas

Written By: Gary Wonning

My cousin  Bob and I would sit in the corn crib and make rows in the corn cobs by shelling the corn off the cob and letting it fall to the ground.

Grandpa Huneke was always pretty thrifty and never wasted anything, so I wondered why he would let us shell the corn like this. The corn would only fall through the floor of the crib to the ground below. It seemed like a total waste to me until I looked down one day and saw all his chickens eating the corn. We were having fun and feeding his chickens at the same time.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

Life On The Farm

Written By: Gary Wonning

An excerpt from my book, Those Were the Days My Friend.

It was a good life, growing up on a farm, I often felt sorry for my cousins who lived in Indianapolis. Financially they were better off than we were, but I had animals to be around, could go fishing anytime I wanted, a creek to play in and mom and dad pretty much let me roam anywhere I wanted on the farm.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome