Making hay while the sun shines

By Sandra L. Brown

April 5, 2018 9:19 AM

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After months of crisp winter weather, blustery winds and shovelling scoop after scoop of snow, we prairie folks need a break. 
Seeing the seed packets in stores gets us thinking about fresh vegetables, ripe red tomatoes plucked off the vine and lawns of lush green grass. 
We long for the days we can relax on the deck with the scent of barbecue hanging in the air. 
Farmers are just itching to get out on their land and start seeding. 
Others look forward to the loud cry of, “Batter up … let’s play ball.” 
We all have an intense connection with each season and its accompanying weather. 
Sound advice was given in April 1905 to those growing crops and vegetables. 
Folks were encouraged to get their seeds in early as any new settlers arriving after May 15 would need feeding for at least 15 months. 
Prices were predicted to be the best yet and folks were urged to, “Make hay while the sun shines.”
After receiving a request for divine assistance, Rev. George Exton Lloyd advised all those conducting services on Sunday, April 30 to offer a special prayer for a favourable season for their crops as businesses in Lloydminster depended upon the prosperity of farmers.
Despite the cold and late spring that saw little sunshine, seeding was completed by the end of May. 
“No man in his senses, not even the oldest settler, would venture to make a prophecy about the weather in this country, in fact the longer we live here the more careful we are not to attempt to forecast the weather, but an investigation of the past has certainly led us to believe that late springs are usually followed by a late fall … when the spring has been backward and we have had no frost until the end of September, and no grain has been frozen.”
In March 1917, a soldier “somewhere in France … near the firing line” found a letter in a sack of oats addressed to a Lloydminster, Saskatchewan resident. 
Interestingly, Cpl. J. Clark sent it to the Edmonton Journal with a note saying how it had been found. 
He also requested “The boys all want the news over here, so will you mind sending us a paper?” 
The Board of Trade encouraged any farmers needing help due to the circumstances of the war to contact the Labor Committee. 
Through the Grain Growers Association, the provincial government was assisting in arranging for farm labourers to help in any way they could. 
Many of the communities’ young men were overseas bravely fighting for their country, sadly many did not return.
The scent of the first snowfall of the season is but a memory as spring draws near. 
We all have a unique connection with winter and the seemingly never-ending snow, bitter cold and vehicles that refuse to start.
Winter air is so fresh and truly awakens all our senses. We never fully realize the power of each tiny snowflake until it combines with others.

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