Wednesday, June 11, 2014
View From Heaven
I was up on a scaffolding down on the family farm doing some work and at times with no way down and my father off doing another part of the project, I had some time to kill and enjoy the view. It was a beautiful day and I was captivated by the crops growing, the garden freshly tilled off to the right and the clouds floating by. I just couldn't resist taking a panoramic photo.
The task at hand was to hang up a barn quilt that my brother and I gave my parents over this past Christmas. They are all the rage to hang up on barns and to show off that there is a farm wife somewhere on the farm who cares about what people see from the road. My father gets overwhelmed pretty easily with projects like hanging a barn quilt on the side of the machine shed so I volunteered back them to help him out when the weather was nicer. Last week he called in the favor.
Somewhere along the line, he got a scaffolding rig that slides onto the fork attachment for his front end loader. As you can tell, I ended up being the guy who got to go up and up I did. I'm guessing I was nearly 25 feet in the air on the rig. My father had to come up at one point when two hands were two too few and in order to join me, he had to get the other tractor with a scoop that can only go about fifteen feet tall but which you can scale up to the bucket if you climb on top of the tractor and use the smoke stack and part of the scoop bracing as stepping points. He was still about ten feet too short so he had to use a stepladder in the bucket to reach up to the bottom of my scaffolding. With our four hands, we managed to get the quilt screwed to the side of the machine shed and then bolted a couple places for good measure.