Summer sunsets

I love summer, the days are long and I can enjoy the sunsets on my evening walks. This year was super hot though.

As usual I lug buckets all summer in the hopes of getting fruit from the orchard. At least on piece before the birds (or cows) get it all. Unfortunately this year I was too slow and what the birds didn’t eat the cows did (along with most of the trees).

I am planning to build a chook compound around the orchards eventually. It will be nice to have fresh eggs, fruit and no need to mow the orchard. The trees should do better without regular bovine pruning.

In the meantime, maintenance every weekend without fruit rewards in summer. One day…..

Feeding cows everyday, even in the snow. Brrrrrrrrrrr……..

Really hoping it keeps raining and starts warming up. Feeding the cows everyday because the grass will not grow is getting annoying. Don’t get me wrong I love going out to feed the cows – but around midday when it is sunny and warm. Feeding cows early in the morning or evening in winter, when it is dark and cold, quickly loses its charm. That snowy morning, it took me ages to get feeling back into my fingers.

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To wet is really too wet!

So when it is too wet to get large deliveries, like say what you need when you are building a house, it is a bad idea to test a dirt road. Trucks, and yes even cars, often come out second best. Add water to a dirt road and it quickly becomes mud. Add a heavy truck with an even heavier load, and it quickly becomes a bogged truck. After a number of bogged trucks, well soon the dirt road cannot even be traversed by much lighter cars. After digging out my car, then my even smaller ATV, well…..

Now I park on the road and make the long hike up and down the hill, to and from the house, every time I want to go anywhere.

Just waiting for the local contractors to deliver the 100+ tonnes of stuff to fix our driveway. I hope it comes soon.