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Fencing

6 May

Well, I didn’t get my fence done on Sunday because it was horrible cold and windy and I’m old and wimpy.  But, I figured it wasn’t a big deal since I was going to let everyone stay on the front pasture.  I spent the week slowly making progress.

I had to clear all the nasty cornstalks and cow manure and earth worms off the fence.

Then I got the metal posts set back up, but I could not do the wooden ones myself, so my nephew helped me when he had his backhoe out here for Coral.

Still need to put some more dirt around it.

I still have a bit left to do where the water enters the farm from the north, but I think it will be okay for now.  It was just too muddy for me to get in there and not sink up to my knees and get stuck.

This is still a mucky mess.

By Friday morning, I had the boys back on their front pasture.

Freddie, Xerxes, Frodo, and Benji

I let the rest of the herd back on the front half of the Back Forty.

In front of the repaired fence.

Sappho with the other goats

the kids found a log to play on

I’m not sure Odie is too happy about the gates to the back side being shut.

Odie and goats

Everyone else was happy.

Venus on the back pasture

Well, except Cody.  He ended up stranded in the barnyard, but he’ll figure it out.

Cody all by himself in the barn

In the meantime, he decided to hang out with Flower and the two moms-in-waiting.

Caroline wanting out; Dody wanting in

He finally made it.

Life is good again.

Summer Projects

2 May

I have quite a few projects in the works right now.  Some I’ve already started, like cleaning twenty-four years of excessive stuff out of the house and buildings.  I keep filling the dumpster.  My hope is that when I get done with the basement, I can get someone here to do some waterproofing.  Our recent rains have reminded me how much I need to get that done.

The board is new after the derecho; the water stains are from our recent rains.

I also need to do something in the front of my house where it’s currently mud.  I think, for now, I want to put strawberries there.  I might even try some rhubarb.

I also need to find a time next month to finish my deck now that it’s had time to cure.

Sky

Now that I have the goats out of the garage, I need to clean it out.  Seriously.  I am tired of my garage being a barn.

I also need to get the Ranger worked on.  It won’t keep running.  Hopefully, my son will find time to get it fixed because I need it to do some projects like cleaning up the barnyard.

I have a lot of old posts and limbs that need to be hauled up north and burned.

Most of this is from derecho cleanup.  It will be a massive bonfire.

Another big project is working on the birds’ building/pen.  To do that, I had to start by hobbling the greenhouse to put the birds in it.  My dad came and helped me with the last little bit of hobbling, and then my mom came the next night to help me catch the birds.

These two brown leghorns are totally wild things.

peacock

goose

Then I want to clean and make the outside pen much more secure again.  I also want to remove the part of the outside pen that has a limb in it.  I’ll return it to the north paddock for the goats.

We got everyone moved!

Add to the list regular yard work, planting my garden, and a two-week genealogy road trip, it’s looking like it’s going to be a super busy summer.

Saturday Afternoon

12 Apr

You know it’s a busy day when I’m still on Saturday afternoon. Since the goats were hanging out basking, I decided I’d take the opportunity to get my spring water ready.  I started by putting a tub out for the bucks.

Freddie was trying out the tub while it was still filling

It makes me smile to see Freddie being good to his little buck.

I also emptied the big tub and put a smaller one there and then added some buckets that the kids can drink from.

Onyx

Brigit checking out the new bucket

But after a while, the goats quit basking and went out to pasture.

heading out to pasture

That let me go back to the rest of my plan.  I got Flower and Coral’s hooves trimmed and moved them up north.

Coral and Flower up north

Then I focused my attention on my poor garage.  I got the wheelbarrow out and the tire blown up and cleared from in front of the garage door.  I was impressed that the garage door opener worked perfectly once I got the sensor back in place.

Bob was my helper.

Bob Cat

But when I took my first load to dump, I ended up with someone thinking they were going to come and join me out in the driveway.

Caroline

I decided I’d be better off waiting until Sunday morning when everyone was really out in pasture. It would be much easier to clean then.

I made a little progress!

It was long until the few goats who came back in wandered back out to pasture, and I decided it was time to put the goose in.

happy out in the barnyard

I felt bad about making her go back in the pen, so I treated her with a clean pool.

taking a bath

I think she forgave me.