Monday, January 5, 2009

There's Something Stinky in the Road


And it isn't a skunk!

After I snapped this pic of the vehicle leading a slow procession down US Rte 14 (with us in second place) towards Spencer, the driver turned around to stare. I guess he wondered why anyone would be taking a picture of a manure spreader.

I have so many responses to that! None of them polite enough to post here, unfortunately :-) He'd be even more surprised to learn that he's on the internet.

Just after we managed to pass him (and after I'd turned off the camera) we were passed by another spreader exactly like this one, traveling in the opposite direction. For a split second we wondered how in the world he'd managed to get ahead of us and going back in the opposite direction so quickly. A deja vu' moment.

The picture speaks to the kind of weather we're having that farmers are getting out in their fields to get some chores done.

7 comments:

Laura said...

With all of the cattle feedyards around us, we call that smell the "smell of money." It's so lovely on a warm spring evening.

Rainbow Tree said...

Such a familiar sight Granny Sue. Here at the property it is usually so quiet this time of year that we barley get any passers by. The temperatures here in Ohio keep flopping from high 20's to mid 40's. We too are hearing the rumbling of large tires and the slow rythm of the diesel engines. As small organic and sustainable farmers ourself, I get annoyed and aggravated with the smells of chemicals and harsh manures. We do use manure on occasion but only from organic fed and happy horses. It's cleaner, less smelly, dry and great for the soil. Our spreading of pooh consists of arm shoveling and sweat. No machinery involved lol.

I was hoping not to see these guys till at least the middle to end of March around here. I'm missing the white blankets of snow that I have grown used to and the still and quiet winter days. :-)

Granny Sue said...

I hear you, Rainbow. I'm missing the snow too. This weather just feels weird.

I must say I am glad they are using the manure as opposed to the alternatives. We use our chicken and turkey manure on our gardens and love the way things grow. I think horse is best, however, for sweetness and light--literally!

Anonymous said...

AHH! The lovely smell of home...it is always around here, even in Northern Virginia! They spread it on the fields and oh my goodness...it cleans my sinuses! But, like the rest of you, I am glad to see organic measures used instead of chemicals.
tm

Granny Sue said...

You're far enough out in the country to see a lot of these, Theresa!

Granny Sue said...

You're far enough out in the country to see a lot of these, Theresa!

Anonymous said...

With the price of fertilizer causing feed shops to buy new registers to handle the extra zero's I can see where the venerable sh1tlinger could have a new lease on life. The one bag we normally buy for our yard used to cost 11 bucks. It is now over 44 dollars for the same bag. The price of petroleum affected more than gas prices.

Good to see the greener ways at work...

Aaron

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