Yesterday was another day of pig wrangling. I needed to go to one of the big farm stores to buy that solar panel but the little pigs were still in disarray so I could not leave the property except for one fast local run for feed.
Thankfully they did not mix with any other animals, the cows were out the back, and so I let them just run about out there, looking for trouble while I lowered the electric fence in the new garden and got everything ready for them to be released to the other side.
Pallets are very useful on the farm.
At one point in the afternoon they had all drifted into the barn so I shut the inner doors, congratulating myself on an easy capture, then realised I did not have the dogs and came back out to find they were guarding a hideaway.
Once he was escorted in, that side of the barn was locked up securely and I opened the gates to the field out to the East that the pigs are turning over for a mid summer garden. These pigs have work ahead of them we don’t want to get behind in our schedule!
With those pallets across the gates we are starting to look like my Pa’s junkyard.
Today I will get John to take the tractor to the West Side and clean those yards over there. The concrete, that the cows are on, does not drain too well and it needs scraping again. Hopefully we can bring in one big round bale of grass this weekend for the West Barn cows and place it on the clean concrete. Our tractor is too small to lift a big bale so we are hoping to have it placed on the dump truck then we will back in and literally dump it into the yards and hope it does not roll too far. Fingers crossed for that loosely planned manoeuvre.
I hate having the cows on the concrete but I must protect the fields at this time of year – we need that pasture to be in good condition and growing for the spring. We have quite a few beasts to feed this year.
The weather is still warm today. Three loads of washing dried on the clothes-line yesterday – that warm. This little spell will last a few more days so I am working as fast as I can to get everything up to date in the comfortable temperatures. Getting all the pigs outside is a relief. Once the big barn is cleaned up it will stay that way for a while.
It is so hard not to succumb to the relief of spring because this is NOT spring – just a breather. I even heard the song of a redwing blackbird yesterday – an optimist of a bird and a traveler. But winter will come back with one long flick of its deep sea whale tail and we need to stand ready.
Having said that our high today is: 64f/17c.
I hope you have a lovely day.