Friday, July 16, 2010

Fences

Summer is in full swing.  How do I know this?  We are busy outside, sweating like pigs and getting eaten by mosquitoes and flies.  Yes, it is fence season again.  I know in my deepest heart of hearts that one day we will have all the fences done.  We will have summer pastures and winter pastures.  The grass will be lush and the weeds will be choice for browsers.  Last week we put 30 fence posts in the upper field. We can actually call it that now.  The upper field. Sounds nice.
When I went to work I impressed everyone with my tan. The bug bites were quite impressive too but not so noticeable.  You too can have this tan said I.  Come out with us and stand in the baking sun and hold a post so Ted can take the tractor bucket and push it into the ground.  It isn't that bad.  I just think of the head trauma if he misses.  So far my beaner is still intact.  I can move pretty fast when needed. He is a good aim too. That helps.  Now for the really buggy part of the job.  The woods.  This is actually a very old apple orchard.  The trees are gnarled and don't produce good apples anymore.  The apples are knotty and don't taste very good.  We think this is going to make a wonderful field for the sheep to work their magic on.

Who is that strange mad with the chain saw?  Oh no it's Ted! 

Onward!  We will tackle this job.  See that little pink string.  If you're thinking we are using it to keep the fence straight, we threw that idea out a bit ago.  It sounded nice.  The only problem is, to get a straight line we would have to cut way too many trees out.  We want to keep that to a minimum.  So the fence will.....meander?  You know what I mean. A little this way, around that tree and then end up over here.  Yeah, that's it. 
The sheep and Fuzzy did enjoy some of the branches we tossed over the fence.  Actually, I am a horrible shot. All mine seem to land on the electric fence.  Not good.  I need to work on my throwing arm.


We don't go anywhere without these goofs.  They keep us company.  What would a farm be without farm dogs?  Lonely.
I'm tired and don't feel like cooking.  Where is that menu for The Bradford General Store?  Sounds like pizza tonight.  I wonder if I could sneak off, get the pizza and convince Ted that I made it myself. Hmm....
Much Love and Prayers from Mainely Ewes Farm

3 comments:

Fearless Nester said...

I think a meandering fence is a lovely idea. Pizza sounds good after a hard day's work too! ~Lili

Marie said...

Fences are always a lot of work! Looks like you are doing great! With great supervisions as the 'pups' who needs anything else.

Diane@Peaceful Acres said...

Oh my Kelly, it is a very busy time. Put a little goat cheese on the pizza and Ted will never know the difference...nor will he probably mind. It's our day to go out for Mexican....we've worked hard and deserve a treat!

We miss our Lab so much. I love to see your pups and how they've grown...they are beautiful.

Oh yeah, and those bugs of yours up there in Maine drove my Honey home when he was a teenager. He was setting out to hike the Appalachian Trail and he ended up on a bus home. He's never forgotten those flies of yours!

Have a great weekend and don't forget a day of rest!