What a beautiful day to be productive! Mid-70’s, clear with a blue sky, virtually no wind. A great day to pull out the old fence posts from in front of the barn that run alongside the road, and replace them with new posts — ones that are properly sunk into the soil, and not half-composed. So, to that end, the animals switched grazing fields, and we ran the water to another water tank, after patching the holes that had developed since last season.
Myles went out this morning, and took the livestock and electric fences off the old posts. He then jump started the John Deere tractor, and attached a chain to the bucket, and, one by one, lifted the old half-composted posts out of the ground. Then he took the implement off the back of the tractor, and put the post-hole digger on. He had just gotten back from the J.D. Dealer, with a replacement ($$$) auger, after we used it last year and bent it putting in the posts for the small pig breeding pen.
He successfully dug about fifteen holes, and was working on the last one, nearest the foundation for the (now-dismantled) ell off the barn, and he got it stuck. He described it as the implement took off and sucked itself down, and the tractor stalled.
Now, about three hours later, he is still working on digging out the post hole digger, by hand. He has had to drive the Subaru into the pasture, to jump start the tractor, and the neighbor from whom we borrowed the male pig arrived to get the pig back. So Cindy took a break to help load the pig up, and Myles continued to dig, slowly prying up huge pieces of rock. At some point along this process, a call was placed to the J.D. dealer, and their suggestion was to hand dig down to the auger, and then try to manually unscrew the auger from the rocks or ledge that it got hung up on.
If When we get this fence job done, it will be all set for years to come before needing a mending of this magnitude.
- Last week, Mary McClintock, local food writer and champion of local farming, stopped by with a friend to photograph our Belted Galloways.
- Yesterday, Perri, of Maggies Farm Icelandics, and the blog, Mud on the Tracks, stopped by. A great, informative tour and swapping of information ensued.