TUESDAY TAIL TALE: TIMBER & FENCING

Whew!  Fencing is hard work.  Thanks to me, the bosses got the perimeter of the hay field done.  Now, the horses have extra pasture.  You should’ve seen them run and kick up their heels.  I mean the horses, not the bosses.  I doubt the bosses could run at their age.  Anyway, the horses acted like they’d never seen grass before.  Guess it’s just always greener on the other side.

Yeah, I don’t know what the homestead would do without me.  I’ve covered a lot of territory this summer.  Sounds like we’ll be fencing again this weekend.  Got a couple of one acre lots to subdivide.  The bosses said something about rotating pigs.  Unfortunately, I don’t think it has anything to do with eating roast pork.  Darn!  Just the thought of it makes my mouth water.

By the way, you see that picture down there?  That’s MY insulator being installed!  Personally, I thought it looked kind of off-center.  What do you think?  Man, I hope the boss man finally got it straight.  Nothing worse than crooked fence posts and insulators.  After all, my reputation is at stake.

KEITH FENCING INSULATOR 2017 BARLEY DARTS

 

 

FRIDAY FRONTIER: POST

K PIC 1 BARLEY DARTS

 

 

This is my post for this week.

 

K RAILROAD TIE FENCEPOST BARLEY DARTS

There are more, but they all look the same.

 

As you can see, Shae and I have been working on fencing.  We have added more pasture for the cows, horses, and pigs.  We’ve also been reseeding and using rotational grazing. It’s improving the quality of our pastures.  It looks quite promising.  The biggest step has been the rotational grazing for the pigs.  It’s amazing how well they are doing on a well- managed pasture.  We have happy pigs that can forage on various clovers, grasses, and alfalfa.

Meanwhile, I’ve been busy with extended hours at the highway department.  It doesn’t allow for much time to get things done around home.  At least, we have gotten all of the hay moved off the fields.  Now the days are getting shorter and the nights are a little cooler.   Fall is coming.  I’ve even noticed a few ash trees starting to change color.  These are a few reminders that I better get busy.  I still need to do those projects that were intended for last Spring and Summer.

THURSDAY THANKS: AUGERS

AUGER POST BARLEY DARTS

 

We’ve been thankful to borrow a tractor-driven auger.  In about a minute, it digs a hole that’s four feet deep.  It’s also wide enough to fit a railroad tie.  What an incredible time and back saver.  Over the years, Keith has dug many such post-holes by hand.  I’ve dug some small ones and it took me forever.  It’s hard work.  It’s even harder where there’s clay.  We still back-fill the hole by hand, but we’re not complaining.  We are grateful to be able to do it.  By September, our pastures will be quadrupled.