I know that when many women go shopping they will look at shoes (and yes I do need a new pair of warm gumboots for the winter), or new underwear (reaching for a rag in the milking room yesterday there was a pair of my knickers on top of the pile – they are getting so ‘used’ now that when I folded the washing in a hurry I must have thought this pair was just another rag and put it on the rag pile), and my hair is in desperate need of a cut – (I have not been off the farm for more than a few hours since March – was it March?). Maybe a new blouse – (I have one good going out top this summer and it is in the “Good Clothes” pile because it has no holes or stains on it).
But I am not shopping for any of those. John has found a second hand truck in a near-by town that is not a bad price (though I will have to do some wheeling and dealing to get it down to what the farm can afford). It has reasonable mileage for its age and a long bed. It is hard to find a one ton double cab pick up truck with a decent sized bed but that is what I need.
I care not at all for the latest fashion of tiny truck beds behind the cab – how useless- this is to be a farm truck that needs to pull the stock truck, fit a good load on the deck of the truck and seat five, so all my workers can fit in too. To get all this I need to go back in time evidently, so this is not a young vehicle. Today I am going to leave my Young Farmers in charge and drive over and bring this truck home for everyone to look at and we will make a decision. (Unfortunately it is a Martha Stewart beige too – my least favourite colour but a little mud should fix that).
But first I must get started early on my chores so as to carve out some time for an expedition. Then i will change into my Cleanest Dirty Shirt and set forth.
If the farm does buy this truck its second job is to drive to Indiana and get another couple of those Porta Huts the pigs sleep in. Its first job is to transport mine and Jake’s chickens to the abbatoir on Monday. (OH how much easier that sounds!). I need a reliable heavy farm truck desperately.
And Sheila is not giving up her bed thank you very much.
Yesterday it was finally dry enough in the garden to plant three good rows of late summer greens that I will cover with double cloches and hopefully keep going until it gets really cold. Diane from Missouri has challenged me to do this so I am looking forward to seeing how it goes up here in Illinois.
I hope you have a lovely day – mine will be an adventure driving back in this long, pickup truck.