Good morning everyone! Welcome to day two! :) I have an interesting post for you all today...coming by popular requests. ;) Several people (you know who you are) have asked for a post on what it's like to live on a Christmas tree farm, and since I never got around to it last month, I'm doing it as part of the linkup. :) Hope you enjoy!!
Most of you, whether you have an artificial tree (traitors... XD) or a real tree, you've probably wondered about tree farms. Or maybe you've even been to one!
But chances are you went to a Choose & Cut lot where you wandered through a field of trees, picked out the one you wanted, and someone cut it and tied it to the top of your car. Let me introduce you to another world of Christmas tree farming.
My Dad and the few employees (don't I sound professional XD) cut and bale the trees, haul them out of the field, and stand them in the ditches along the roadside where they wait to be loaded onto gooseneck trailers or semis. When they get to wherever they're going (a tree lot), they'll be unloaded and retailed to individuals.
Here's some pictures of the whole...process... ;)
My shadow... XD
Sawdust around the stump of a tree :P
After being cut (Dad is the saw man), the workers while drag the tree out of the field to where the baler is set up.
Then after being hauled through the field, they're stood in the ditch along the roadside in the shade until they're hauled out and sold!
After working in the field or making wreaths (basically anything that involves the trees because SAP), your arms will look like this... *points above* ...and black gunk will be crammed under your nails.
But no worries, rubbing alcohol or butter gets it off...with lots of scrubbing. XD
Sometimes problems arise. There's days where everything goes wrong...trucks get stuck in muddy fields, tires go flat, the baler messes up or the cable breaks. Workers call in sick or don't show, things happen, and everybody is running late. They begin work early and work until dark. But it's only for 6 weeks or so, so we can make it. ;)
I hope you enjoyed this little look into our lives during tree harvest!! ^_^ If you have any questions, let me know and I'll try to answer them best I can! :)
Other stops of the linkup...
Thanks for reading! *goes to read all the wonderful posts*