On the Farm by Glenn Ells
Thanksgiving weekend has passed and I hope that everyone had something to be really thankful for this year.
For starters, we were all thankful that the election campaign was over before the weekend came. The folks that spent so much time and effort on the campaign were not all thankful about the decision, but most knew that the game of politics is not all joy.
I know how a person feels after losing an election after serving as an MLA for a term. The feeling of rejection is very real and takes a while to overcome. Rarely is the loss the fault of the hard-working incumbent, but rather the mood in the whole province at the time. So thank-you to the retiring MLAs and congratulations to the winners.
Here on the small farm, we are thankful for the past season and the successful beginning of a new enterprise. Conditions were very favourable for the first year of our vineyard project. It really surprised me to see the six-inch cuttings that we planted develop roots that reach two feet into the soil, while shoots climbed five feet high. I think Stephen, our son, has started something that will keep him busy for many years. He is thankful that, someday, he will be able to stop trucking and spend full-time in a peaceful vineyard. I’m very happy and thankful about that, too.
We are enjoying some wonderful fall weather as I write this and the fruits of a summer’s labour are being gathered. The apple crop looks impressive and although the markets won’t be like last year, when Ontario had a crop failure, it should still be an OK year. The combines are working hard at both soybeans and corn and the results look good. I noticed that grain is up on some of the soybean fields that were harvested earlier and seeded soon after. I’ve had reports of some exceptional processing carrot yields and grape yields.
There is much to be thankful for. I’m thankful for a great wife and family and that I can still enjoy watching the farm scene in this wonderful Valley.