Saturday, July 24, 2010

Fence Installation Day 3

Fence Post Installation.  What else should we do on a hot summer day.  The sky is blue and thank goodness we have a breeze.  We loaded up the bucket with our handy dandy weed trimmer, clippers, gas, filled the tractor tank with diesel and we're ready to go. 
The tractor gets a real workout.  We have wild blackberries and raspberries.  The sheep will have a wonderful time in this pasture.  Ted puts the tractor bucket to good use. It is much easier to scrape a trail rather than attack these berry bushes by hand.  Those suckers attack back.

That tractor has earned its keep today.
We even got to pull a stump.  We really only had to cut one apple tree and about 5 saplings down. 
Now that the path is cleared it's time for fence post installation.  We put in a total of 60 fence post in over three days. Not too shabby. We put Teddy Jr to work too.  See what happens when kids come home from college over the summer!
They may lean a smidge but they will keep the sheep where they are suppose to be. 

Again, the meandering fence line. Keeping sheep in and trees safe.
We finished the last 3 posts by tractor light.  Whew....done.  Now we have to put the fence wire up.  That will come on another day.  We still have to cut and stack firewood and looking at haying equipment.  Had a nice visit from the John Deere salesman Ben.  I keep telling myself "baby steps".  No, I want to go in giant leaps. Patience has never been a strong point with me. 
Much Love and Prayers from Mainely Ewes Farm.


LindaSueBuhl said...

Fencing is one of the hardest and most rewarding jobs in the country - once it is fenced - can be used for so many purposes and keeps our animals safe. A big job and well done! Even with his deteriorating lung capacity - my husband can get more work done in a day on our small tractor than most folks can do in a week!

Diane@Peaceful Acres said...

Kelly, I love your fence posts. They have such character. You are dealing with a much gentler kind with less weight, than a cow. Our fence had to be strong...however the cows never touch it...Opps..I forgot, I'm a one cow owner now. Joy does love to test the electric though...she's a stinker. I'm hoping Josie taught her many lessons before she went on to greener pastures.

I am GREEN with jealousy...we could really use a big JD tractor. But our neighbor has one and is very generous when we ask to borrow it. I think we'd use it more if it was our own. Happy thoughts!

I hope it's not as hot up your way as it is here in Maryland....boy it's 100* today. Have a lovely weekend!

Becky said...

Wow! You guys are working hard! It must feel good to get that much accomplished in 3 days!

Phelan said...

You used a tractor! ~foot stomp~ not fair!!! I had to drag everything by hand.


Looking good though.

Callie said...

Wow... what a lot of hard work and what a great fence you will have. Love that tractor!

Kathleen From Eggs In My Pocket said...

Oh I know how you feel. I want to get so much done........but time...and $$ make me realize that baby steps are better. Fencing is very hard work and you sure did a great job! blessings,Kathleen

katiegirl said...

Great work! Thank goodness for tractors and good help!

Sandra said...

A hard, but rewarding, job just as LindaSue said. We still have a few sections of fence to replace and it's a hot, hot job.
Thanks for your kind words at Misha's; I enjoy being a guest blogger. Come visit Thistle Cove Farm, you're always welcome.

Fearless Nester said...

Now after all that hard labor we have some cooler weather headed our way! Oh well, it will be nice for the rest of the job. And I had a chuckle looking at the pictures of those goats from your last post, I never realized they were so flexible! (I'm such a city girl sometimes!!) ~Lili