Yesterday we were fencing. The weather was fine and cool. The ground is getting hard fast but other than that putting up an electric fence is not a hard job. And in this weather it is actually pretty satisfying to put in a good fence.
Of course I say we were fencing but we were fencing in between all the other things that needed doing in the course of an ordinary day.
It was very peaceful over on the West Side yesterday. The cows were calm and full of hay.
We have almost fed all the green hay out. The other bales are still smelling and looking good. No heat or mustiness. I have given the cows quite a bit though – they are feeling fat and happy!
We are almost finished moving the fence out – incorporating part of the hay field. As well as giving me more grazing in what might be a dry summer, the cows will fertilise the area. Initially the cows will go in and clean up any fallen hay then come back out next week before I go to Greece. There is lots of alfalfa in this field so once it is grown and mature I will strip graze the cows across it using an internal electric fence.
I am well pleased with our progress. The new solar panel that will electrify the fence needs one more day to charge up then we will hook it all together and let the cows in.
Anna is a strong intelligent worker who asks good questions and empathises with the animals. Plus being good company. We are rocking through the extra list I have for this week. As soon as the fencing is finished we start planting and sowing and weeding and working in the Kitchen’s Garden.
I herded the ducks out into John’s raised bed garden yesterday so they could eat some weeds and start their bug drive. But not a show. They fell all over each other trying to get back into their run.
They quacked and squawked and only stayed a minute before heading back to their muddy swimming pool area – they are SO timid. Though in the morning when they hear me coming across to let them out if their night house they set up quite a clamor. They know my voice alright and know the mornings routine.
They will start work in their own time.
I will open their little garden gate again this morning and hopefully now they know where it is they will go out by themselves. They have been ignoring it for two days now.
I hope you have a lovely day.
WEATHER: Perfect for fencing and gardening and hanging over the fence watching the cows.
Wednesday 0% Precip. / 0 in
Partly cloudy. High 82F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.
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A clear sky. Low 57F. Winds light and variable.