May 22, 2013 Farm News

So, what do you think was going on here.

So what do you think was going on here.

O.K. here is the answer to last week’s question; in brief, they are filming a picture, a very small part near to the end of a picture.

The picture is an 1812 bicentennial film project, a documentary about the impact of the War of 1812 0n Southwestern Ontario.  In the photo is our apple tree, the object of attention.  The lady to the left, working the camera, is Ann, just under the apple tree is Yvonne, going for more stuff (you need lots of stuff for this sort of thing) and on the right of the tree is the project Director, Zack, contemplating another angle. The film is titled:  A Desert Between Us & Them: Raiders, Traitors and Refugees in the war of 1812.

Here is the synopsis of the film;  …  a cinematic documentary that explores those stories that make the War of 1812 a “modern war” by stepping back in time to experience the conflict through the eyes of the people of Southwestern Ontario, who spent several years living in a war zone.  Some died in combat, but many more had their homes destroyed, their livelihoods ruined or their crops stolen.  Thousands became refugees clinging for survival to the British Army.  Some chose to aid the Americans and died for their disloyalty at the hands of the British.  Others became insurgents, fighting the American occupiers long after the British Army abandoned them.   And still others begrudgingly agreed to uphold an ancient covenant, and fought against their brothers in the United States.  By the time word of peace finally came in early 1815, almost everyone living in the Wars Western Theatre was impacted in some way by the conflict and many had their lives forever altered.

This documentary will be distributed free, along with a curriculum companion, into every school in Southwestern Ontario.  Here is a link to the trailer to the film project:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOq48y-Y8CY

The world premiere of the documentary film will be at the Sanderson centre in Brantford on August 24 with doors open at 6:30 pm and showing to begin at 7:00 pm.   The event is free and open to the public.   It is a part of the award winning ‘Ontario Visual heritage Project’.

I had great fun watching them film the apple tree and you will have to watch the film to find out exactly why they were filming an apple tree.  It was immensely interesting to me to watch what they did and I was fascinated by the equipment they used and am grateful to the three of them for allowing me to hang around and watch and take my own photos and engage in interesting and enlightening conversation.

This all happened Wednesday evening a week ago but we did do other things for the rest of the week.  Replanting of onion sets, beans and peas was done to fill in gaps.  Lots of hoeing was done to stay ahead of weeds.  Most of the potatoes are poking out of the ground and some have been up for over a week so I have twice now scouted the rows to watch for Potato Beetles so as to be on top of them right away before they can do any significant damage.   A lot of the sweet corn has poked out of the ground, we were a little worried about the corn, as it was slow to emerge from the ground.  The concern was that being in the ground would lead to the corn rotting before germination.  It should be just fine and if we get enough warm weather we will have early corn.

We have lost some time this week for three reasons; first I have spent extra time on the computer, as for three days I could not access my e-mails and I spent a lot of time trying to figure that one out.  Never did figure that one out but e-mail inexplicably started back working just fine.  Second, Aerron has been hung up doing fence repairs, that somehow did not get repaired earlier when we should have done it and it seems to be taking much longer than anticipated.   Third, we are getting very dry, we have not had any significant  rainfall since early April.  Over the last couple of weeks we have had maybe 2 mm twice and anything else did not register in the rain gauge,  today we missed the rains, lots of drops a couple of times but it could not be measured in the gauges.  So what this means is that we have to do extra spot watering especially of the newly planted seed beds, and I am now constructing my watering can replacement that will be about 5 times faster and that much easier.

Anyway we will just keep forging ahead.   Here are some interesting recent photos including a couple more of the apple tree filming.

If you have been planning to get a CSA vegetable share for the 2013 season then please call us right away as we need to know where we are at for numbers of sharers.

What has this to do with Devon Acres?

What has this to do with Devon Acres? you’ll have to again wait ’til next week.

This is our little Redbud tree at it's best last week but looking good still this week.

This is our little Redbud tree at it’s best last week but looking good still this week.

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The apple tree with filming crews transportation in behind

The fencing crew heading home.

The fencing crew heading home.

The camera crew doing their thing.

The camera crew doing their thing.

As I said, you need a lot of stuff if you want to do a documentary properly.

As I said, you need a lot of stuff if you want to do a documentary properly.

I spotted this "Bald Eagle" checking out the photo crew. turned out it was actually a Turkey Vulture. they are equally interesting but far more abundant.

I spotted this “Bald Eagle” checking out the photo crew. turned out it was actually a Turkey Vulture. they are equally interesting but far more abundant.

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