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More Fencing

23 Sep

I had to replace the fence around my yard.  We put the fence in 19 years ago with some used wire.

It was a good fence, but there are places that I’ve had to hobble together and other places the dog could just hop over.  I don’t know why he hasn’t.

I haven’t had a real front gate for many years.  Anyhow, we decided it was time!

The first step was using the posts I set in concrete and a couple of panels to put up a temporary fence across the yard to keep Sky from helping us.  You’ll notice the messy fence running along the tree. That’s the one that is so bad the dog could hop it.

The backhoe showed up, and they started pulling old posts and pulling the scrub bushes from the front fence.

It didn’t take long to completely get rid of the front fence.

Then we put it back in with new posts and panels.

New gates!  We put four new gates in.

I’m so excited!  Do you see the two gates to the left.  The small walk through gate is new.  That one has me excited too.  I’ll be able to go in and out of the barnyard without having to open that big gate.

It looks good!  Although, in the picture above you can see it is not very straight.  But we missed the tree, the pole, the electric wires, and made it to the side of the new gate.  It just gives it more character.

Then we moved Sky’s temporary fence and started on the side fence along the road.  I tell you, that dog was certain we were torturing him since he could see us, but he couldn’t kiss us.

This one had enough scrub mulberry in it that my dad went and got his chainsaw.

Then the backhoe came into the yard.

We got it cleaned out and started putting posts back in, but it got late.  I’ll have to show you the final results when it’s done.

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Rainy Season: Take Two

4 Sep

You might remember that the first part of summer was really wet here.  We had a hard time planting, there was flooding, and it was just wet.  After a drought of July, our August was more normal, but now we’re back to what seems like endless rain.

Saturday night my phone went off three times to tell me I was in a flood warning.

rain from Saturday overnight

Luckily, Sky doesn’t mind hanging out in the rain while I’m out doing chores and milking.

Sky

Because it’s quite dangerous to leave a bored German shepherd unattended in the house.  Tormenting the cat is the least trouble he can get into.

Noelle and Sky

There’s mud all over in the barnyard.

Reva in the doorway

The ground is saturated, and the water is rushing across the top of the pasture (you can see where the grass is knocked down).

There’s tons of water running through the tile too.

I had planned on using my Labor Day weekend to try and get a lot of the barn scooped out, but that didn’t happen.

Mary

I can’t scoop when everyone is stuck in the barn trying to stay dry.

Litha (front); Bambi and Daisy (behind)

For some reason, it seems like it’s always raining when I’m trying to milk.  That really makes it fun (Did you catch the sarcasm?).

Zinnia

But at least my girls are really good about coming back from pasture when it’s time to milk.  If I remember correctly, it did start raining again before I got finished milking after this picture was taken.

Cinnamon leading the girls up to milk; Tony Llama eating under the tree

I just hope that all this rain ends before it’s time to harvest.

Otherwise it won’t matter how great my yields are.

The Inside Toy

2 Sep

Sky might like to try and make the goats run when he’s outside all day, but he still has energy to want to play with Noelle when he comes in after I get home from work.

Sky and Noelle

I’m not sure she still enjoys being his toy.

She gets awfully whiney about it.

Although, Sky is the only one who ever really cries like he gets hurt.

It’s a good thing she’s as naughty as she is.  She can put him in his place.