Ahh, Shucks!

IMG_0337Authors are told to ‘write what you know’. But sometimes what we know is a bit out-of-the-box. For example, at our house we don’t rake leaves, we rake shucks.

Let me explain. Hubby and I live in the corner section of a once-upon-a-time farmer’s field that borders two presently-farmed fields planted with corn.IMG_0428

Have you ever seen what a corn harvester does as it mows down the field? It devours whole stalks, strips off the kernels, and spews out chunks of cobs and almost intact stalks out the back.

This sounIMG_0457ds rather cool, until your front yard is filled with pieces of kernel-less cobs.

But it gets even better.


Next, the farmer rolls a stalk chopper over the field. This machine does exactly what its name implies. A field with thousands of corn stalks now has millions of

IMG_0459shuck pieces blowing around, most of which find their way onto our property.

It takes less than a day for thick layers of shucks to carpet the area between our front walk and hedge. Or for piles several feet deep to engulf our back patio.

Forget the corn maze, we have our personal shuck maze.

By the way, if you know anyone who likes to make corn shuck dolls, please let me know…and tell them to bring a truck.


About Kathie Mitchell

Kathie enjoys country living, time with family, playing cornet in community bands, crafts, gardening, and writing.
This entry was posted in Country Living and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to Ahh, Shucks!

  1. Carriann says:

    Enjoyed this.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s