Pioneer Quest, a year in the Real West, episode 5

Episode 5.
September, it is getting cold…

Looks like the crops will be ruined, annoying and sad for this show, but a matter of life and death in the 1870s.
Not everyone had 500 dollars for emergencies back then.

Back to the Hutterites to work on their very modern chicken factory.
Still, the singing makes it a little less horrific to see what happens in those places.

First, and last time for the younger couple to meet their parents during this project.
I love Frank’s dad Jim, he is clearly having the time of his life and so jealous of his son’s adventure.
And he is one amazing knife maker.

Oh dear, those bottles don’t look very 1870s.

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The parents leave, this means the participants will be on their own for the next 5 months of winter… Canadian winter!

Interesting to learn that clay doesn’t isolate enough, it cracks, it falls out.
They need moss.
Perhaps this is a little different with horizontal logs?
Or maybe they should have put straw into the clay/mud mix, like our prehistoric ancestors did.

Time to go hunting, having to follow modern hunting laws, they’ll have to use a bow.
This I do not understand.
I reckon that using a bow makes killing the animal quickly more difficult.

Those cabins look wonderful in the evenings, with oil lamps.
Oh and poison ivy is hysterical.

Having Max visit, the elderly man who pretty much lived like the settlers when he was a kid, is great.
He remembers things, he has priceless experience and information.

I love that the young woman realises what most participants of these kinds of show realise; we modern people are spoiled, we have it (too) easy and it is so important that we learn and never forget what our ancestors went through.

Talking hanky panky again, I’m not sure I’ve heard it mentioned so much in any of the other shows!

The moss in one of the huts keeps falling out.
I reckon the perfect solution would be a combination of moss, straw and clay.
Either way, closing holes in such a hut is something they’ll probably be doing all winter and something I bet the original pioneers did as well.

They contestants are realising they are losing a lot of weight, which is not surprising.
Hard labour, almost no sitting down and generally healthier food does that to you.
The time travel diet, so far it still beats all of them.

Nice to hear them talk about the concessions done for the show.
The stove is indeed not authentic, as the original Victorian stove wouldn’t have been safe.
I’m not sure about that, but TV Health & Safety people are massive wimps and oh so scared of everything, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Victorian stoves were relatively safe, but not safe enough for modern laws.
Either way, the old ones are still being used by many and I’ve spotted a fire/gas detector and a fire extinguisher in their cabin.
Those are concessions I have no trouble with whatsoever, they make sense and are absolutely not like the mistakes you sometimes spot that are the result of people being lazy or unimaginative.

It also explains their stupid hunting outfits, bow, arrows, etc.
There is a lot of hunting in those parts and without a big orange hat, you actually risk being shot by another hunter.
Mind you, not sure why they’re wearing a camouflage body warmer…

Time goes on and now they’re allowed to start using rifles, nice authentic muzzle-loaders.
Which is great for the show but not so great for the animal.
After all, if you don’t kill it instantly, it takes extra time for you to load so you can give it the coup de grâce.
Although not historically accurate, I hope they had a professional hunter with a modern rifle nearby to help the animal in case it got wounded in stead of killed.

Winter has truly arrived.
It makes everything look so beautiful.
But the wheels pick up the snow on the kart, making riding a lot more difficult.
You’d think that nailing a simple board an inch over the wheel should scoop the snow off.

The announcer warns us, this is going to be the coldest winter in over a century… as a winter person, this makes me very happy.
I haven’t had a proper winter in years.
But it is not going to make things easier for our participants… or the production company.
Supplying the participants with things they needed didn’t work out.
No winter boots…

But perhaps the most difficult will be the long winter evenings with very little to do.

We’ll see in the next episode.



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