Pioneer Quest, a year in the Real West, episode 3

Episode 3, so far I am enjoying the show although it won’t be to everyone’s taste.
After all, so far its been 90% camping and farming.

The first argument happened, but they discuss it all.
They of course have to get used to each other, seems to work out.
I like the younger couple more.

The participants are not annoying and not allergic to hard work, which is a rarity.

Can’t help smiling at the younger woman walking around in her bloomers.

The outfits are sort of ok but don’t really shout Victorian to me.
I am not an expert in homesteaders in Victorian Canada and I’m pretty sure people dressed the way they wanted there, far away from civilisation, but just a pair of dungarees (denim overalls) and shirts somehow don’t do it for me.
A little too easy.

Nice to see the women doing harder and harder work, carrying complete trees through the woods.
These Victorian pioneers were stronger than most of us modern wimps.

I wish they explained why they went for the vertical log cabin design, not the horizontal one.

The weather is extreme, either so hot the bugs eat the pioneers alive, or so cold and rainy, the entire place is flooded.
The storm is fantastic though, I’d love it.

Time to start work on the first house, Very nice to watch.
Building it seems to go rather well, and fast.
The horizontal logs work and the design now makes sense.

One of the contestants has back problems, the production team seems to have given him medications.
Not very authentic, but they don’t really have a choice I guess, without the meds, he wouldn’t be able to work for possibly weeks, or even leave.

Time to kill their first animal, the rooster.
I’ve been taught to pull and twist the neck, breaking it and severing the nerves at the same time, not cutting the head off.
But simply doing that is the best way if you’re not experienced.
Seems like the didn’t want to show the actual decapitation in the end.

Are they seriously shaving the woman’s leg now?
I don’t even understand why women do this in modern times, let alone in that situation.
Silly billies.

The bugs are horrific, they should have brought a few good Victorian household books, there are plenty of tips in those.
Maybe they should wash even less.
A layer of dirt and spending all day near the smoke of open fires might help as well.

The water in the tent must drive them crazy as well and also the lack of privacy.
I don’t get why two of them don’t sleep in the wagon, some tarpaulin over the top, done.

Alas, they keep some of the food in plastic bags.
Not sure if this is a demand by the Health & Safety people or just lack of inspiration and imagination to find something more authentic, or just not being bothered to put the plastic bag inside a paper bag or some fabric.

The hut looks adorable, so cosy.

They are talking about hanky panky in the tent now, which is embarrassing but also hysterical.
They all sure seem very easy talking about getting romantic.

This show is addictive.
I want to see how the other house comes along next!

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One thought on “Pioneer Quest, a year in the Real West, episode 3

  1. I really enjoyed this series and was impressed with how much they accomplished in a year with unusually poor weather. My biggest gripe is that they got no training in caring for and handling the animals. The horses, in particular, were in the hands of people who had no clue how to take care of them. The animals didn’t volunteer for the show, but they were subject to whatever care (or lack thereof) was given. If I had been the one to loan/rent out my horses for this show, I would have been pissed to see that the producers apparently had done no research on how to care for them. Waiting until tomorrow to get them water??? Someone from the modern world should have stepped in at that point and provided them with water. That could be deadly for horses who rely on hydration (25 gal/day) for gut motility.

    Had someone taught these “settlers” how to create a highline to tie the horses (simply a rope tied between trees, nothing fancy), they could have prevented the leg entanglement that almost permanently injured the horse. Someone should have told them that wrapping a lead rope around your hand is a huge “No. no” in horsemanship. If the horse bolts, it will result in breaking your hand, dragging you and/or possibly a “degloving” injury (don’t google it). I would want someone to tell me that before putting me in a dangerous situation.

    These are all safety tips that could have easily been imparted in an afternoon beginner horsemanship course. Real pioneers would have grown up around horses (even in the city) and known their needs. They also knew that they wouldn’t survive without their animals and they would have taken care of them before themselves. It was reckless for the producers of the show to not spend time training these people in the care of animals (give them a period appropriate book, anything!) They were lucky that no one was killed or seriously injured (pig accident excepted). Those fantastic horses put up with a lot – such as inadequate winter hay and water. The good intentions of the participants can’t make up for the lack of preparation of the producers. It’s lucky for the horses that there were farmers around who knew when to step in.

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