Craigmyle Car­di­nal

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We have suf­fered a great many long time droughts in our years of farm­ing; few have been worse than this sum­mer. How­ever, a blessed half inch of rain fell on our small part of the prairies on July 31, which may make a small dif­fer­ence for both the fill­ing of the stressed crops and the cur­rent fire risk for hay­ing. It is just one of those years!

Art and I did an ex­cur­sion of the Ver­mil­lion, Vik­ing, and Stet­tler ar­eas this past week. Our Vik­ing son-in-law took Art on a lo­cal tour, where he saw cows and calves flour­ish­ing in belly high grass. Gen­er­ally crops in these ar­eas are look­ing good, al­though some ar­eas are show­ing stress.

While on our tour, we had the plea­sure of con­nect­ing with a cou­ple from New Zealand who were tour­ing ru­ral Al­berta. This de­light­ful cou­ple op­er­ated a dairy farm in New Zealand and we so en­joyed shar­ing “com­mon” agri­cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences and frus­tra­tions. We re­al­ized that agri­cul­ture chal­lenges, whether they are here or in the South­ern Hemi­sphere, are so very much the same. It def­i­nitely is a small world!

Do not for­get that our own Jus­tine John­son will be mar­ried this year. Jus­tine will wed Car­son Berry on Septem­ber 2.

Mary Heathers-Up­shaw be­came a sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian this year. In recog­ni­tion of her 70th year, her aunt and un­cle, Su­san and Ge­orge Hi­mann from Cal­gary ar­rived at her home and took her to the Drumheller Pas­sion Play. The trio were ex­tremely im­pressed with this mag­nif­i­cent pre­sen­ta­tion.

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