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Update on the New Fence

18 Jul

While I’ve had the little farm hand helping me, his dad has been working on my fence.

We got the rest of the fence removed.  That took some getting used to.

Then my nephews came and started setting the new posts.

They used barbed wire to make a straight line.  It also gets put on top (in case I ever have cows who like to lean on fences).

The woven wire was stretched across.

The birds seem to be happy to have their perch back.

They also made a nice square corner in the back where I had hobbled it together with a panel.  It’s cleaned up now.

I do have a few places to add panels at the bottom where there were trees or water running through causing it to cut.  I’m pretty sure this would not even cause Hera or Caroline to pause before going through.

We added a lot of new space to the lane. We used panels for that because it’s hard to stretch woven wire in such short distances.

The gates aren’t here yet, but there will be a gate to the cornfield and one for me to shut them off of the Back Forty if I need.  The lane is also wider than it was before it cuts out to pasture.

Edith managed to escape into the lane.

Edith

I had to help her find a place to get back to her sister.  I think they are the only two small enough to get out.

Kate and Edith

We cleared the trees because they were getting too big for the goats to do it, but they will keep the scrub trees from there now.

They added a bit of the space just to the west of the barn for them to run around in.

The path to the pasture was always wet.  That is hard on goat feet.

While he was working out there, my nephew put a short tile in.

It’s already drier out there.  I’m really excited for the goats to get out there.

Getting Stuff Done

17 Jun

I’ve been working on getting a lot of projects done that I just couldn’t get around to before I was done working for the summer.  Of course, some of them require help because I don’t have the equipment or skills to do them on my own.

But progress is being made!  First, my dad sent a mower out so I can mow myself.  The first thing I did was mow behind the giant rock pile.  Yay!  That is much better.

It also has allowed me to get the wheelbarrow through there so I could clean out the garage.  Of course, I had to put air in the tire before I could get started.

I haven’t been able to get it done since I had livestock in there all winter.

That was quite a task, and even though it’s scooped, I still have a lot of cleaning and rearranging to do yet.

My nephew stopped by one day and spread out a bunch of the rock.

I’m liking that!  No more water ponding in front of the garage door.  I might also be able to put something besides the Ranger in the south side of the garage.

I’ve also prepped the milk room door for a stoop to be placed there.

We’re going to move this big concrete slab to try and keep the mud out of my milk/soap rooms.

Because I didn’t have a mower for a while (and my push mower might not work since the goats took the gas cap off last winter and I don’t know how long it sat there like that), I ordered a machete and a weed eater.

I’m really liking delivery.  I’ve started waging war on the weeds around my farm.  The machete is necessary to get rid of all the huge cockle burrs.

I can actually see my front gate and not fight through tall grass to get it open.  I’m liking the weed eater, but I went through the whole battery life in no time flat.  Obviously, this is an ongoing project.

Another delivery was replacement clothesline because the goats might have chewed the old line to bits.  I had some, but I didn’t have enough to do the whole thing, so it should be here soon.  I’m hoping to use it for all my laundry this coming weekend.

I washed the llama coat I made last winter

These tasks have been keeping me quite busy lately, and I have a lot more of these small home/farm improvement jobs planned.

The Barn Fix

25 Sep

I shared a while ago that Fionn had destroyed the wall of my barn, and we were planning on doing some repair work on it.

Well, I came home Friday to find that my dad and my nephew had come and fixed it!

The big hole was just to the right of the door.

The view from the outside

You can see another new board they used to repair this part.

It’s amazing!  I’ve never seen the barn look so good and feel so sturdy.

Reva also approves of the repair job!

Reva

I am very grateful for the job they did.