Thoughts From The Farm, 5/14/17

Man, that felt good….

I spent a few hours Sunday morning on my tractor, just cutting the pastures on the farm.  There was no real need to cut it, as my dogs (and other critters) seem to love to run through the high grass…but, wow, it was food for the soul.

Why?

I seem to generate solutions and interesting ideas when I am out on the orange Kubota tractor.

“Bush-hoggin”, using a tractor to cut the pastures by pulling a wide rotary cutting deck, is not complex, and requires minimal thought…but often times it results in deep thought.  

Isn’t that ironic.

The solitude, and mind-relaxing oval patterns calm my mind, and encourage free and creative thinking.

For me, there is also something satisfying about starting with the high grass in the pastures, which grows quickly during the spring and summer months, and then cutting it down in a simple oval pattern, back and forth.

When finished, I always turn the tractor off, right there in the field, and admire the simplicity and beauty of my effort.

It is also therapeutic and relaxing, probably due to the smell of freshly cut grass, or the vibrations of the 7 foot wide rotary cutting deck.

By the way, do you know where the custom of maintaining our “yards” originated?

Apparently, it was adopted from the the early European Medieval Period, when land directly around castles was kept clear to allow the castle’s defending knights to observe approaching forces.  Later in 16th and 17th Century England and France, wealthy landowners maintained well groomed lands as a sign of nobility and status.

So maybe it’s just vanity, and I want the fields to look good for the geese as they fly over…

Anyway, for a bit today I also piped in some Bob Marley music into my hearing protection via Bluetooth, and had one heck of a time smiling and singing along to “Three Little Birds”…

“Don’t worry about a thing
‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright
Singing’ don’t worry about a thing
‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright
Rise up this mornin’
Smiled with the risin’ sun
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin’ sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true
Saying’, (this is my message to you)
Singing’ don’t worry ’bout a thing
‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright
Singing’ don’t worry (don’t worry) ’bout a thing
‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright”

Oh, what the critters must have thought about Homo Sapiens as I drove by…

7 thoughts on “Thoughts From The Farm, 5/14/17

  1. Absolutely agree
    I volunteer at Speranza Animal Rescue
    I do fence repair
    Mow grass
    Pest control
    Many other tasks for about 6 hours every weekend
    The “pups” that are there provide me with the unconditional love in which dogs are know for
    My therapy
    Another good read my friend
    Thank you

  2. It’s the little things in life that are most enjoyable!

  3. Although I don’t do any tractor driving, I find the same occurs on road trips. Driving -even if for work- allows me to think freely! I don’t enjoy the same when travelling by air but I do enjoy this when walking!

    Thanks Frank for a nice reminder that the world is beautifullly complex and beautifully simple! Tell the family hello for us!

  4. My grandparents owned a pretty large farm, and I spent countless hours doing menial work on tractors including cutting grass and hay. We raised cows, pigs, and turkeys. I have my own mini-farm today for nostalgic reasons. It’s amazing how the things we try very hard to get away from offer comfort at a later point in life. As I ride my own tractor today, the smells of the engine and the freshly cut grass are familiar and calming. Cheers to the simple things in life; they can provide balance to other very complicated matters.

  5. Frank – great post! We all need to find our version of bush hogging – mine is fly fishing on a quiet stream somewhere in the mountains of CO.

    Hope all is well! KDW

  6. I am a John Deere guy myself my brother, but for all the same reasons loved having my yard looking good, but mostly the therapeutic effect it has on me. Thanks for another great post!

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