New addition and greenhouse update

Work starts back up again tomorrow and the jobs I had down to complete are nowhere near finished. Oh well, Rome wasn’t built in a day… Progress on the greenhouse timber frame has been slow, however, one bent is finished, ridge pole for the roof rough cut and one tenon done and second bent well under way. Tano-Li, my little padawan has been ever floating around the workshop area finding jobs to do. He came in the other day, said he wanted to help, grabbed the broom and started sweeping up! I then gave him a few little jobs to help with and we both had a great time ūüôā Kobe-Li then got in on the action and so I stopped what I was doing (ran out of little jobs) cut up a few off cuts and pre drilled these for the boys:

These were cut out of off-cuts and pre-drilled for the boys to put together.

They had a great time putting them together, using a cordless drill, and sanding down the edges!

Tano-Li has also helped with the framing:

Tano-Li making sure the shaping was square and true.

Bit blurry sorry – bad light. This is the first bent finished. The rafters are cut and shaped ready to fit once the whole thing goes up.

I decided to bolt the frame together rather than timber pegs, just for that added bit of security and due to time constraints. Once this whole thing is up it is going to look awesome!

We have also¬†received¬†delivery of a belted galloway 6mth old steer to grow out. Won’t be for another 18 months before we process him, but I am sure it will be well worth the wait ūüėČ

He is fitting in well with the others after a tentative day.

Lastly, I caught sight of a massive – read freaken huge – fox down by the dam the other morning (9am), so it was time to sure up the chicken pen with hot wire. The chicken pen now looks like Fort Knox, hot wire above, between and 10cm off the ground to stop digging – and yes the hot wire does work….

Hot wired chook pen., will definitely keep Mr Fox away!

Mr Fox update.

No photos in today’s post, just the story.

We were having dinner and were just about done when Hayley took Ava-Li into the lounge room and said, “The fox is eating our strawberries!” Sure enough, at 6:30pm the fox was helping itself to our strawberries. We all ran into the lounge but it didn’t flinch at all, just sniffed around and looked for strawbs. I got my compound bow and 2 broadheads and slowly and quietly opened the window, the fox then went to our top strawberry patch, where I took aim, steadied and released. It was a perfect shot through the fly wire and through the fox! It ran off but did not get very far, dying very quickly. After conferring with Hayley, we took the whole family out to see it. Kobe-Li (bless his soul), said “The fox was so beautiful”. He got upset not so much by seeing the fox dead, but by the fact that the fox was dead. The whole thing gave us the opportunity to have a discussion with him about such things and although he was still a little teary, he eventually was ok with it. We said our goodbyes to the fox and gave it our family blessing (a Quach household thing) and I have now buried her (it was a vixen) under our Christmas tree, a Norfolk Island pine that need to escape the pot.

So was it Mr Fox??? I am pretty sure it wasn’t as it was not as big as Mr Fox (and not as cunning). Was it Moonlight??? Well… no, firstly, there was no moon (Moonlight only shows herself at night when the moon is out) and secondly, the muzzle was not grey like Moonlight’s.

We will keep locking everything up early and fox proof all new enclosures and retro-proof everything else.

One fox down, many thousand to go….

Fox update

This is a photo of the shot I took of Mr Fox and missed. Shot too high....

This is the view I had of my target. Had to shoot under the tree/shrub from about 16 meters away.

Had a shot at Mr Fox last night. Big boy he was! I shot from about 16m away, my horizontal aim perfect, vertical aim, too high by 7cm… I lodged the arrow in the shed where it could have been pinned… My target arrow went through the shed and into my work bench where the head is still stuck.

There are definitely 2 foxes, as the one I shot at was big and bold, very long in the body and tail not overly bushy. ¬†I’m calling this one Mr Fox and he has to go. I have seen Mr Fox during the day a few times now, he has been the one getting the chickens during the day and the one who bit through the chicken tractor to get the ones in there. Mr Fox is responsible for the death of The General and for this, he is sentenced to death.

The second one I tracked last night and which has also been regularly visiting, was small, elegant, large bushy tail and¬†wispy¬†face. It has more of a white/grey¬†sheen¬†to it and is much more wary than Mr Fox, but is brave enough to watch TV with us. The second one I’m calling Moonlight, as it is the one I saw by moonlight a few weeks back and was mesmerized by. Moonlight… hard to say if I want to take this one out… it is such a beautiful looking creature…

Hmmm, Mr Fox is really getting to me.

So Mr Fox and I are starting up a bit of a relationship, one that is not really working out that well. Work is finishing up soon, so I will be able to really concentrate on hunting him down. My new toy came the other day and lets just say that at 15 meters he is a gonna, at 25 meters he will go quickly, at 50 meters, if I get in 3 shots, then he is bye-bye. I will keep practicing with my compound bow and hopefully at 50 meters, I will be able to pin him. Time will tell, ut until then, all the chooks will be kept inside until I can start working outside full time again.

This post is dedicated to The General – R.I.P

Mr Fox Take 2

So Mr Fox decoded to pay us another visit tonight. Although he did not get in the chook tractor this time, he did try by digging at a few spots. The alpacas were with the sheep (hopefully protecting them) so Mr Fox went to work trying to get in. He saw me coming and watched what I was doing from afar, so to be safe I moved the chicks into the shed again and tomorrow after work, will set about lining the bottom of the tractor with weld mesh, big enough to allow the chooks to scratch but small enough to stop Mr Fox from getting in if he keeps digging. I will also look at making weld mesh skirting for the tractor to stop him from digging in.

Message to Mr Fox “If you come again Mr Fox, don’t expect to leave without a few holes!”