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Young Herdsman

“Young Herdsman” © J. Phillips

During the depression of the 1930’s there was no fortune to be made in farming, but the farm did feed you. Folks in the city did not fair as well. On the farm everyone had chores and worked together for the common good.
My grandfather had a large herd of Holsteins on his farm in Waterloo County. My father was too young for school but his task was to get the cows from the pasture and into the barn for milking twice a day. In the Mennonite community the men did the field and barn work and the women tended to the hens, the house and the garden. My grandmother made her own butter, schmeer case (a yogurt like spreading cheese with a sharp bite) and Koch case (a cooked skim milk, sticky spreading cheese with caraway seeds). Both are Pennsylvania-Deutsche delicacies and I miss them.
Dad worked on the farm until he was twenty-one and then for another year to acquire some heifers from grandpa to get Dad started in the dairy business. The second winter Dad’s pure bred heifers all got pneumonia after the barn doors were blown open during a major blizzard. The herd all had to be put down. Dad still owed major money for the cattle and looked for work off the farm He never went back to farming but he never forgot his rural roots. Every fall at ploughing match time, he went to the attic and brought down his Massey- Harris walking plow and his tools and stakes.
We called Dad our champion ploughman, but that’s another story. Jenny        
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Largie Barn

“Old Barn – Across From Duff Church – Largie” © J. Phillips

Colonel Thomas Talbot settled on the north shore of Lake Erie in Dunwich Township in 1803. He sold lots and many of the Scotch made their homes in the rugged woods of north Dunwich. They cut down massive oaks, chestnut, pine, maple and walnut trees to build their homes, barns and churches. All that remains of this hand-crafted barn across from Duff Church, Largie is parts of the roof and the wonderful hand hewn beams. This building was so well crafted and joined that it weathered over a century of storms and strong winds. Just like the folks of North Dunwich, it stood the test of time, as did the ancient old pine trees that bracket the barn. I can’t help but wonder what the next hundred years have in store for the farmers of Dunwich and Elgin. I think they too will weather the storms of our time and come through strong and true. Jenny    #007 8.5"X11" $10.00 includes HST

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Lunn Barn

“Lunn Barn, Dunwich” © J. Phillips

Stan and Mary Lunn are friends and former neighbours who now live in town. This is the back view of their barn on Lakeview Line in Dunwich. In the early 1980’s Mary and I were enjoying a coffee in her country kitchen. We were commiserating with each other about our plights. The Ford workers were on an extended layoff and money was tight. Farmers were experiencing tough times too.
Christmas was soon approaching and Mary worried whether she would have money for Christmas shopping. She wanted to commission me to do a painting of Stan’s dog but wouldn’t have any money until she sold her chickens with no assurance of sales and no time for me to complete a painting in time for the holidays.
I cried out “Never mind about Christmas! I’m worried about feeding my family!” We both sat there pondering life . . .and then suddenly the light bulbs went on. “Would you . .? Would you . . .?”, we said almost simultaneously. We bartered. I received 30 frozen chickens and Mary received a painting for Stan for Christmas. While barns like this are disappearing from our country side the country spirit is alive and well. Neighbours are there for each other and that’s the way it should be. Thanks Mary & Stan for being good neighbours. – Jenny
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Burly curing barn

“Tobacco Curing Barn” © J. Phillips

This old tobacco barn is located on Highway 3 in Kent. You can smell the sweet tobacco and smoky scent for miles when the barn is drying and curing the Burley tobacco. To find out more about this type of barn, check out my book “Does It Pay?”
The book has an article about this type of curing barn and how the tobacco was grown and harvested. In the years 1925 – 1932 a young John Kenneth Galbraith worked as a cub reporter for the St. Thomas Times-Journal and shared the interviews with the readers. As a young scribe, Galbraith interviewed 214 farmers from southern Ontario and they tell him in great detail how they succeeded during tough times. He also wrote a column about the weather, crop conditions and anything else a farmer might be interested in.
To order the book go to www.jennyphillipsdutton.ca or email me at jennyphillips@golden.net - Jenny
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Home Farm “Home Farm” © J. Phillips

This farm in Waterloo County is where my mother was raised. The farm is now farmed by my first cousin and his wife and family. We spent our summer holidays here and had such great adventures. This was one of Mom’s favourite views. Walking from the back flats down the lane one could see bluebirds flying here and there. Butterflies and dragonflies wafted on the breeze while the warm sun dried us off after our dip in the old swim hole. I was so fortunate to have such a wonderful childhood in this idyllic setting. -Jenny
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