We brought 10 gentlemen from South African over to work for us
this year. Since it is a challenge to get our American brains around their names they ended up with Americanized
nick names. One even agreed to be called "Donut" partly because he is a baker in SA and
mostly because he is fond of donuts. (Do you think the fact that he was a police officer at one time has some
bearing on that?)
It's human nature that whenever you are dealing with
this many people, there are always expectations on both sides that are not met and some changes that have to
be made. Two of the original crew went home before the end of the season but the rest stuck it
out and went home the first of November.
I am sure that they were happy to see their families and friends
and homes again. Since it gets pretty cold in Ohio this time of year, they were ready to go home to their warmer climate
too. The farmstead is certainly quieter without them around. (Peter...on Jan. 14...the coldest day
of the winter, Sadie gave birth to 5 puppies up in the hay barn. She and the puppies were brought down and have a great
warm home in my old play pen in the milk house...where they are getting lots of attention).
To our first crew....the beautiful red maple trees you gave
us were absolutely glorious this Fall. Thank you again!
This year Peter presented us with hand drawn portraits of
Jim and Jon that are amazingly good. What a talent!! They are framed now and are treasures. Thanks!