Pioneer Quest, a year in the Real West, episode 4

Episode 4, with the ominous title of ‘what are we doing this for?’.

Yay a Mountie!
Goodness they look dashing in that uniform.
Argyle homecoming weekend, celebrating their ancestors who ‘broke’ the land in the 1870s.
Must be so interesting for these people, realising that this is exactly the life their ancestors had, not that long ago, the birth of their communities.
A little break away from the homestead for them must be nice as well.

There are some tensions between the two couples, but that is to be expected.
Yet, in a situation like this, every argument could be disastrous for the experiment.
The younger woman is frustrated because of neighbours visiting and bringing them stuff, which I completely agree with.
A big part of this experience is the isolation.
Especially the Hutterites, who live nearby and who sort of fit in with the show’s theme, are very friendly and who want to help out.
It is all very nice, but not really the pioneer experience.

Spotted a modern knife and modern matches.
A shame that they’ve skipped a bit on the little details.

The water is polluted and can’t be drinking, so they use a neighbours water.
Pioneers would just have drank it and in some cases died because of it.
This is a good excuse to break the rules or do something a little less authentic.
You don’t want people being sick or dying all the time.
Although I personally would have taken the risk, there are plenty of ways to filter water and you can cook it if need be.

The gathering of hay, throwing it on the cart, is so romantic and old fashioned.
The Hutterites all come and help.
Which is wonderful and authentic… but for another era, the settlers mostly would never even met their neighbours.
Hearing them sing is wonderful and it is interesting to learn more about them, but I still think they don’t belong on the site.

Talking about the hanky panky again, which is hysterical, again.

The second house looks fantastic as well.

Oh my god, more bad luck.
A fire, destroys the barn, burns the poor pregnant pig.
Hearing her scream is horrific.
Poor poor thing.
This is heart breaking.
One neglected fire, forgotten, still smouldering.
The well is dry, they are short on water, what a disaster.
Old fires are catching fire again because of the heat and dry air.

The pig has to be put out of her misery.
One of the homesteaders must do it, with a flintlock rifle.
This should be a difficult, painful job for them, not the easy way out, letting a vet do it with an injection.
Very sad.

Pioneers would not have let the pig be buried though, they would have eaten it.

Time for the sons to visit.
A luxury, something, sadly, most pioneers would never have experienced.
A farewell was a farewell for life.
But with such a project, lasting a year, I can understand the production company allowing things like this now and then.
It is nice to see, they are clearly a very close and loving family.

A better view of the stove, definitely not a 19th century model.
A shame.

The production team finally steps in and does something about all the modern day visitors.
It bothers the young couple and I agree, they want things to be as realistic as possible even if it is hard and difficult.
That is how it should be.
But it is causing frictions between the two couples.
I don’t understand the elderly couple finding it so important to have all these people visit, for me isolation would be one of the bonuses of this experience.

But another crisis diverted, time for episode 5.




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