|Summer evening in June.......|
We named this aimless way of traveling, road farming. Since my wonderful husband and I were from farm backgrounds it was fun to see fields being plowed and disc. Rowing (watching it sprout in fields) corn and beans in late May was a sign crops were well on their way and planted on time. Corn that was knee high by the fourth of July were sure to make ears and have time to dry on the stalk by late September.
This year, 2012, Richard and I are road farming again, this time from the top of a Harley Trike. We are traveling roads that are unfamiliar to me, he names owners of houses we both know, identifies classmates homes from the class of 1965 and he now tells me where his past students live. Names are familiar and stories are remembered.
|Tasseling corn June 30, 2012|
On the last day of June 2012 we went for a cool ride on our Iron Horse, Blue. We rode back country roads and saw corn that was starting to tassle, the smell of those tassles and the silks of newly form ears of corn was intoxicating. What happened to "knee high by the fourth of July?", I ask Richard. He said that all the crops were planted unusually early this year, no till planting began in April. (Farmers no longer plow the earth and disc it smooth, it hopefully will save the fields from wind erosion.)
|Wild flowers on the hillside...|
I have enjoyed Road Farming again, a time when things stop, you are living "in the moment" "taking time to smell the roses" and remember the way things were. As much as things change, they remain the same. We still enjoy the cool air on a hot summer evening. Life is good............