Tag Archives: Tony

Weekend Work

9 Sep

When I got home for the weekend on Friday, the goats were on the hill just outside the barnyard.

Myson was checking something out rather closely.  What was it?

Myson

There were trucks and woven wire in the Back Forty.  They came to work on the fence!

Friday night they managed to complete the short leg of the fence other than putting the clips on to fasten the netting to the metal posts.

Saturday they came back and continued to work on the long stretch.

The goats were not a fan of the big equipment back there.

I think it’s only the second time we’ve used my post driver on my farm; although, it’s had a lot more use elsewhere.

Nothing bothers llamas.

Tony in front; Maybeline and Odie under the tree

I was working on getting the clips on.

Maybeline and Odie were checking things out.

Odie in front; Maybeline behind

They even managed to walk through the gate.  I’m not sure they look too happy about all of this.

Then I had to make a run to town because we didn’t have enough netting.

We’re making progress!

Advertisements

The Llamas

5 Sep

The llamas are getting wooly.  That makes it hard for me to tell how Aurora’s weight is progressing.

Aurora

I’ve thought about calling the vets from Iowa State to come check her just to make sure I’m still doing things right.  She’s not eating as much of the llama feed, and I can’t decide if her weight is okay or not.

It would also give me a chance to have them look at Maybeline and Odie and do ultrasounds on them.

Odie

If mood is any indication, Maybeline has been rather cranky lately.

Maybeline

I know Tony is a proven stud.  He wants to do his job.

Tony

But these two are just not cooperative.  I would like to know if I can move him with the bucks and let Aurora back with the other girls and fun things like that.

Then I just have to worry about whether or not Buster will be nice to Tony.

Buster Brown

How can these animal personalities be as hard to deal with as human personalities?

An Ode to the Wheelbarrow

1 Aug

Aging with aching back
dreading the looming task
I seek help for my work woes
and find a hero in the simple
wheelbarrow–

The task at hand never fun
but progress seen boosts
the spirits; especially now
with my job made easier by a
wheelbarrow–

Now that the garage and buck pen have been scooped out, I’m moving on to the greenhouse.  It’s been way too long.  I figured it up and between the construction mess, rain, dry, llama/cow battles, and not having a manure spreader, it’s been five years since my greenhouse and barn were scooped. [Edit:  I was wrong.  It’s been four years; it just looks like five because the stinking llamas keep making their poop piles in my buildings.] There is no way it can go another year (although, goats don’t make the mess cows do, and the composting actually helps keep them warm in winter).  I picked up the goat minerals from the outside pen and removed my hobbled barrier to keep the llamas out.

I still don’t have a manure spreader parked right outside the pen, so I have to haul it across the barnyard, past the lounging llamas.  Then I have to go in the front door of the barn and out the first side door.

Odie and Maybeline

Then it gets piled behind the Love Shack.  This fall, when the crops are out of the field, it will get spread on it.  If my nephew doesn’t get around to it, well, I’ll have plenty of compost for next year.

I worked hard all yesterday afternoon.  I made some good progress.  This one is going to be a several day job though, because I’m old.  Seriously.  I scoop for four hours and want to take the next day and a half to recover.  I am sadly running out of time, so I don’t get that luxury with this building.

I do have some expert help though.  Tony is trying to make sure I get some good experience steering a full wheelbarrow around large objects.  So helpful!

Tony Llama

The goats had to check things out when they came back up from pasture.

Haley with kids Orpheus and Calliope

Cutie doesn’t look too sure about this.

Cutie (and Aphrodite behind her)

I’ll be really happy to have this building done.  I’m hoping to have it done before the weekend, because our nice, cool working weather is coming to an end.  Then I’ll just have the biggest and messiest building left to scoop–the barn.