Trip to Alberta verifies love of Canada

I’m hoping everyone was able to enjoy the Canada Day long weekend!
I travelled home from Alberta on Canada Day. I enjoy Canada every day and many of you know that I’m a collector of Canadian flags/ornaments and other Canadian memorabilia (it is my office theme and likely my favourite room in my house).
After driving out to Alberta and back, I certainly feel that we live in a very vast, beautiful country!
My boyfriend/partner and I went on a trip to visit his niece and family on their very large ranch. Their family ranches 60 sections–yes, 60! What a completely different way of life.
It seem every trip I take, I find something that completely amazes me (like when I was in Vegas, I couldn’t believe how clean their cars where!)
On the Reesor Ranch, I noticed—despite their crazy busy days—that they weren’t rushing to their off-farm jobs. They are completely committed and work hard on the ranch each and every day.
They are lucky that their kids get to spend every day with them and are learning a great way of life (I guess until school time anyway). My boyfriend’s niece and husband have twin boys that are two now and already riding.
I was lucky enough to get the chance to ride with the family for the cattle round-up one evening. We rode for three hours and brought in 600 cows and calves.
It was absolutely amazing.
The next day was branding day; we just watched the amazing performance of horses and people. They vaccinated, branded, tagged, castrated, dehorned, and ear-notched more than 600 calves in just over four hours–about the same time it takes me to do 50!
The month of June is their branding month and we were just lucky enough to get to participate in one of the many branding days.
We decided to come home the U.S. route and make it a bit of a circle tour. We certainly hit many flood areas, and it sure made me feel sorry for many people with flooded homes and farm fields.
Overall in both Canada and the U.S., there are many unplanted fields (and some fields that are just emerging) so we’re likely to see some higher grain prices this fall.
The roads that were washed away were not just washed out in short chunks. Some were miles long.
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Of course, going away results in piled up work once your arrive back home!
I was lucky enough to have my parents keeping things under control at my place. I was able to get my bulls pulled and cows hauled over to our Blackhawk pasture.
The cows co-operated very nicely (since they are being harassed by many bugs now, they welcomed coming home!)
And now it’s haying time! Sure hope our weather will co-operate and make that task a little easier and shorter.
I shouldn’t complain much, though. The ranch we visited in Alberta has more than 1,800 acres of hay to make–more hay than all our land put together!
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Maddie and Marlee are spending some time with us this week in the country so I should have some fun stories for next week. Here’s hoping I get to do some fun stuff with them in between work and cutting hay.
Sure hope they continue to enjoy the farm; it would be nice to have two young and able little helpers in a few years!
Maddie already is deciding what animals she wants to take to the Emo Fair, so it sounds like she is thinking about that anyway!

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