Saturday, May 15, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday...the trolley...

my hay trolley...

At the very top of the hay loft, a track or rail was suspended. From that track, a metal device with wheels (called a trolley) moved freely from one end of the barn to the other, pulled from the overhang above the door to the back of the barn with a large diameter "hay rope", draw by a team of horses and later a motorized tractor.
A set of four long steel "hooks if you will" were inserted into a clump of loose hay or group of hay bales on a "hayrack" or open wagon. Also attached to a tripping mechanism on the hay hooks was a lighter rope, controlled by the person inserting the hooks. This rope was both used to "trip" and dump the load of hay as well as manually retrieving the hooks, trolley and hay rope.


But like Granny used to say...don't lettum kid ya, the good ol' days weren't so good...as anyone who's worked the hayfields...it's the hottest days of the summer, hard, hard work for little pay, but oh what a workout...who needs a gym, just help out on a farm and feel a part of the history of the family farm...and families working together.

Check out the rest of the shadow shooters over yonder at Harriet's place...it's FUN!


28 comments:

sarayutouched said...

i was there, on that hottest day. would not trade those hot summer day experiences for anything. thanks for bring that memory to me today big sis.

hope all is well...and that you are taking time to swing.

High Desert Diva said...

Thanks for the definition....I had no idea what it was!

Ralph said...

It is amazing that items such as that hoist are so stylish even as the form decides the function. A cast iron material that is as delicate as it is designed to lift great weight. Nice!

Tom Hilton said...

Reminds me of my grandparents in rural Wisconsin so long ago. Cool shot.

Sylvia K said...

Ah, brought back memories for me, too! And I, too, wouldn't trade those days for anything! Thanks for those!! Enjoy your weekend!

Sylvia

MARY PERNULA said...

I love it, I have just purhcased one myself. I plan on using it as yard art........hope the shop is comming along well.....XO MARY

frayedattheedge said...

A super shadow shot - and a very interesting tale to go with it!

BLOGitse said...

Had work indeed! The heat, dust, itchy skin...
Do kids today know where they get their bread (other than from a shop)?

Happy SSS from Casa!


BLOGitse

Rosebud Collection said...

My grandmother/grandfather on my mother's side were farmers..You are not kidding when you say hard work. Mom use to share stories and she worked harder than alot of men today. Really interesting shadow and hay trolley. Never saw one before and what a nice thing to have.
Have a happy SSS.

EG Wow said...

I have never seen a hay trolley before and I must say it is very attractive...at least to my eyes.

Tee hee! I have no illusions about the good ole days being all that good. :)

Hot Fudge said...

Thank you for expanding my education - now I can speak authoratively on hay trolleys whenever the subject comes up. I can't afford those expensive gym fees, so maybe I'll just find me a farm ...

Serendipity said...

What an interesting object (with a great shadow!)

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Hmmm... guess what? NO idea! help! but I love your story though.

In my time, in the countryside once a no mansland, hay trolley doesn't exist. We sickle the rice plant with a big knife, sort of? In a very steaky heat...ahhh...very hot days.

Have an enjoyable day, Lady? Hope your store is on the ago now. Wish am there to hunt a lovely treasure just like the store owner.

x0x0 so much... Ur crz fween as evah...

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh I loved this post! Beautiful shot, lovely mental pictures of your family/area history. I haven't visited here for a while -- do enjoy your blog because of the great photography, but also because of the glimpse into a lovely way to live that is so different from ours. I feel like I've been on a mini-vacation!

Catherine said...

nice hunk of iron there and lovely delicate shadow...

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

What a great shot. Hay making..Hmm been there.. hard work indeed. It's right up there with picking Strawberries.

Have a great weekend

Martha Z said...

Yup, hard work. When I think of what my farming ancestors did, though, it makes me say "I can do that". It isn't necessary to hire someone to do what I can do myself. Splitting wood, digging a new garden bed, cooking from scratch, it is all more satisfying when I do it myself.

Dianne said...

it has a wonderful old weathered and wise look to it

wanderlust said...

Cool, interesting story to go with it!

Greyscale Territory said...

This would be the first time that I have seen such a "gadget"! I didn't even know that they existed! Fascinating detail and love the rusty effect + shadow!

I am a little late doing the wanders round shadow shooters because Shadow, our cat, has been in a little bit of bother! Dashed her (she's a "she", not a "he" we found out a couple of visits ago...oops!) to the animal hospital about 7pm on Friday night! Very very sick and a high temperature. She was kept there for most of Saturday, so we were back and forth getting updates!

She looked so sad and sorry for herself hooked up to a drip and in a cage.

Late Saturday afternoon, we were able to bring her home! Antiobiotics had kicked in and her breathing was steadier.

The vet still didn't know what had been wrong! She is a bit lethargic today, but every hour we are seeing her improve in just the way she walks! At least she is eating now too!

Today was spent playing catch up on weekend jobs not done - like grocery shopping and washing! So blog commenting has had a back seat!

Tonight she is looking sprightly! Hopped up on the verandah railing, so she must be feeling better!

Great to hear your moving mountains is nearly over and now you can take the new road to different work! Just kidding! You still sound as if you love it all! It fires you up!

Bestest HUGS to you for the week ahead! Enjoy!

Hey Harriet said...

What a wonderful slice of history! It looks like it was well utilised! The stories that old trolley could tell! If it had a mouth...

Working on a farm sounds like hard yakka! I'm not sure I'd be up to the job!

Have a great week Sharon :)

Spadoman said...

Good capture of a relic of the past. Modern day machinery is based on these older designs, and these themselves based on mankind's first attempts at lessening the burden. But all hard work, none the less.

Peace.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Rusted and forlorn,
hay trolley no longer moves
bales into the barn.

Target practice

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Last summer my oldest son helped out a friend in the field - it WAS the hottest day....well, ever - I didn't know if he'd recover - honestly, I did feel a bit sorry for him! A good experience, he'll never forget...and who knows, this year he may help again!!

by the way....love the French grey on that little table - nice job!

Paula Scott said...

Wow-that is a pretty darned cool 'trolley'! well, there are good old days and there were also bad old days, I guess!

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Sammy said...

thats great

Jane ... said...

You share such wonderful shadow shots AND their stories--what a unique trolley and its great shadow!