Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Ol' Switcheroo

The bred heifers have been hanging out in the back 40 for the winter.  But with calving season on the horizon, J wanted to get them moved closer to the house and barn. 
 They herded in pretty easy.
 I think my quick artistic snapshot turned out well.  So now the bred heifers are in the barn lot.
 Then the yearling replacement heifers that were behind the house had to get rounded up and moved to the barn lot.
                                    (artistic replacement heifer picture)
Then abra cadabra, the yearlings were in the back 40 and the bred heifers are behind the house.  J said he didn't plan on getting all that done this morning.  I said that he continues to underestimate his help.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

How To Photograph A Cat- Just Kit Sunday #144

Step one, 
 set out a box.                            Step two,
 wait for cat.                                  Step three,
 take said cat's picture.
                          (definitely not a turtle and worth more than $3.50)
Step four, done.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

More Yard Work

While I am waiting for better riding weather, I have started working on more yard projects. 
 I thought these bushes were a good idea when I planted them several years ago.  But despite my pruning efforts, they have grown to the point that it makes it difficult to get in and out of the car when it is parked there.  I told J one day that I was going to work on digging them up.  He suggested using the tractor. 
 And since he was driving the tractor, he also did most of the work.
 The front end loader made quick work out of pulling the shrubs out.
 And with the loader on, J just loaded them up and hauled them off for me.
 I'm leaving the two on the end for now.  They don't seem to be in the way of anything.
And I have placed a few temporary stepping stones.
I would love to make some sort of mosaic maybe like this, but I have my doubts that that will ever happen.   Anyway, it is nice to think about.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Flood Damage

It has been a constant battle fighting with the weather.  A couple of weeks ago we had quite a bit of rain.  This was added to the constant rain we have had all winter.  The ground was saturated.  With no where else for the water to go, we had a flood.   
 The trees are no supposed to be in the water.

 And there is suppose to be a fence between those posts.

Is that a shark fin?
 Tuesday, the ground was finally dry enough and the temperature warm enough  for me to ride Otoelene around outside.
 The river is back where it belongs but left the fence flattened for about 12 posts.
This leaves J with a lot of extra work to do.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Horse Interactions

V and M came to visit for the day yesterday.  While M when out to help J with farm chores, V helped me with the horses for the farrier.  
 She caught her old steed Jessica for me.  She can sometimes be a little tricky, but she let V get her right away.  I now have new shoes on 4 horses.  Just waiting for some good weather. 
E is here for a few days on Spring Break.  This was her amount of horse interaction.  She went on a birding hike, walked past Pep, petted her nose, and went on. 
I, on the other hand, rode both Draper and Ototelene.  Finally, a day with no rain, temperature in the 60's but 30 mph winds.  At least I have a nice barn.

Friday, March 8, 2019

What's A Gabion?

To counteract the bad weather depression, I have been watching gardening shows on Netflix.  I have learned that Monty Don is a beloved gardener in England.  He is the host of "Big Dreams, Small Spaces,"  a very interesting British gardening show where homeowners transform their small backyards over the course of months.  I have also seen several of the episodes employ the use of a gabion as a retaining wall.  
 So, to answer the question, a Gabion is a wirework container filled with rock, broken concrete, or other material, used in the construction of dams, retaining walls, etc.  
 Just what I need to repair the small retaining wall that I built several years ago at the edge of my garden.  It was getting pretty ratty looking. 
 J had all the supplies that I needed, old bent metal cattle panels, bolt cutters and galvanized wire.  The old wall and rest of the farm are providing the rocks. 
 My original plan had the gabion at 18 inches, but once in place I decided that it was too tall. 
   So out came the bolt cutters and I went down to 12 inches.  I think this is a much more pleasing height.  Plus it requires me to pick up fewer rocks.
I am waiting for another break in the weather to finish the last section.  I have the basket made but the ground has frozen again and I can't get the area leveled until it warms up again.  There will probably be some more rearranging of the rocks on top to make it comfortable for sitting.  Then I have to decide what to do for the pathway under the pergola. 

Monday, March 4, 2019

Is It Real Or Is It Memorex

You know you have been looking for too many shark teeth when you are walking through the woods 300 miles from the beach and think, "Oh, that's a great one."

And no, not a shark tooth, tree bud. 
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