Another big day, trees cut down ready to be turned into posts, and a door made and fitted to the chook shed. The list of jobs keeps growing and as I hoe into some homemade doughnuts with rhubarb and apple strudel and some icecream, I think to myself that I couldn’t be happier!
We are nowhere near ready to sell produce yet, with fruit trees, berries and our market garden to go in, our calf (and soon to be calves) to grow, our ewes to have their lambs (they better be pregnant!) and for them to grow, our chickens to breed up and then once the animals are mature and not until then will the investments start to make a dint on our debt! It was reaffirming today however, while down at the almight “B” shop creating more debt and making someone else richer, I got talking to a fellow customer. We were both looking at axes and log splitters, as all men do 🙂 and we started chatting about this and that. I’m not sure how, but we went from axes to tractors to farming to feta… anyway this guy, Mark, wanted to know if we had any produce ready yet to sell and specially wanted to buy some feta! “Struth Ruth” I thought. We’re only just starting to get things moving into and small commercial enterprise and people are wanting to buy our things already! Before it was only family and freinds saying they would buy produce, now it’s strangers (who look disappointed that we are not quite ready yet) and people we have just met in the area! Hayley has met some great people who want to buy our excess food from our current garden! Dang it, we are eating it all, but these and other positive conversations are very very reaffirming.
Spent a good part of today working on the chook shed. It is almost there! All I need to do now is to make the layer boxes, the window, the door and the chook entrance. It also needs to be painted and then Bob is your Uncle!
The boys called it a cubby house today. If only theu new what I have planned for their actual cubby house!!!
Started cladding the chook shed today using old fence pailing that we are slowly ripping down. I started off ok but soon it got too high for me to manage on my own. So I called Peter and we got 2 sides finished this afternoon.
While Peter was using the tools, I was well away! And just in case anyone is wondering, no injuries, I have all of my limbs attached and there was an exclusion zone when any of us had a tool in hand 🙂
Had to put this up. Too cute!
Tano-Li was snipping “wheat” to eat. “How are you going to eat it?” I asked.
Hi reply “I don’t know!”
The weather was kind today, which allowed me to get up on the Taj and fix
the roofing iron down. Also gave me an excuse to use on of my favourite cordless toys, the impact driver (thanks Vern!). It really did make the job a breeze! I did have a bit of a moment though, as I was fixing the sheets, down, a big prolonged gust of wind blew up and lifted one of the sheets I had yet to fix down! Got the heart pumping a bit, but luckily I had wedged it under a fixed sheet for this very reason! Still, the wind got up and I wasn’t sure if I was going to get a 9′ sheet of roofing iron in the face or not for a split second there!
I finished the roofing and as they were reused sheets, I decided to plug the old holes up with a bit of roofing silicon, so hopefully, no leaks! I spent a bit of time admiring the view from up there and I must say, it was pretty darn good!
Last day of work for the next three weeks today. What a relief! It has been an eventful term for me, both professionally as well as personally. But now, it’s time for full time farming! I have been looking forward to this moment for a while and the next three weeks will give me a chance to get some uninterupted work done on our farm!!!
But alas, the farm couldn’t wait. I got a text this afternoon from Hayley saying that Silver Girl had pushed through the bottom paddock fence and was running free in the winter paddock! “Dang it” I thought. So as soon as I finished up, I went to pick up my chainsaw, which was getting serviced, and headed home before the fading light disappeared. The cows, (we are assuming it was Silver) had pushed on the fencing (which I have not yet electrified). One of the wires had rusted through and a bit of cow pressure and it snapped.
Silver was easy enough to get back into the paddock with Lightning rushing her from behind and her following me and her feed and the fence was repaired using my favourite fencing tool, the “Gripple”. 30mins later, all good!
Silver is not looking as pregnant as she should be by now and we suspect she isn’t. We’ll wait and see I guess, but if she isn’t and she pushes through and escapes again… well… anyone out there like beef?
I was a little late to work yesterday. Had a little bit of an issue with the car, ie she wasn’t going anywhere in a hurry! We have had a heck of a lot of rain over the past couple of months here, a bit different to the climate we moved from I must say. Suffice to say, the ground has not had any chance to dry up, but me in my 4 wheel drive, think I’m all tough and all, decided to tackle the back track in our backyard instead of reversing and going out the front where it was much drier. “She’ll be right” I thought, “good old Tezza made it through the other day without any issues”. Hmmmm, I should have thought harder as my brain forgot the fact that last time, I didn’t have the trailer on the back! So off I went and yes I was already in 4wd, but alas, the ground was just way too saturated and sticky and my tire tread just got gunked up with mud.
Ah, but that gave me the perfect excuse to play with Lemon! That’s right, there’s nothing like the smell of tractor fumes in the morning… I fired Lemon up and grabbed the snatch strap, hooked her up and snatched poor old Tezza out. Lemon did the job without missing a beat! All the while, Kobe-Li was looking out the backdoor, wondering what in the world his father was doing and giving Hayley a blow for blow run down of his crazy old man snatching Tezza out with a tractor!
So fast forward 14 hours, the kids are asleep (well Kobe-Li wasn’t, but he was in his room) I had had enough of reports, and… well… was bored. So I got out my chisel set, my block plane and Jack plane and sharpened them all. A pretty soothing and meditative job really, a bit noisy (particulalry for those trying to watch the TV), a bit messy, but hey there is nothing more satisfying than using a freshly sharpened chisel or plane!