This Life in the Pasture
I’m trying a new feature here at PDD – a recap of This Life in the Pasture each week (hopefully). It will include photos, projects, occasional recipes, and maybe some inspirational quotes. Who knows? It’s all a great experiment! So without further ado, come see what we’ve been up to in the Pasture this past week:
This past week the garden has been coming along. Mostly zucchini with a few yellow squash sprinkled in. And towards the end of the week, a few pickling cucumbers were ready to harvest. Yesterday, I thought to check the green beans, and I’m so glad I did! I harvested my first handful. I have a green bean feta salad I love, and other than home-canned green beans, it has become my favorite way to eat them. Here’s a link to it.
This weekend saw some much-needed rain. But we had to work around it to get any work done on our outside projects. The clock is ticking on those – to complete them before it gets too hot to work on heavy construction projects. I get heatstroke at the drop of a hat these days. 🙁
During the week, hubby got the deck boards screwed down on the lower level deck. Now it was time to install the stringers for the stairs to the upper level deck. Building that lower level is no small feat. The beams had to be set at just the right height so that once the joists and decking were installed, the stringers for the stairs would be exactly the right height to attached to the upper level. And they had to be straight and level. I’m happy to report, it came out perfectly.
This deck project is coming along, slowly but surely.
(Never-ending) Fencing Projects
For the uninitiated, let me just say, fencing is never, ever, ever, ever done when you live on a homestead. Especially if there are any animals living on your property, or any property adjacent to you! We had problems with our bull escaping when we owned a bull. We completely and totally understand how frustrating that was for the property owner raising registered cows next to us. But believe me, he could not have been as frustrated as we were. Hence why we sold that bull’s wandering butt! And now it has happened to us. A bull on the other side pf us came over the fence and possibly bred our momma cow and heifer. NOT GOOD. We don’t have fancy registered cows, but they are purebred longhorns. Despite the neighbors’ attempts to add some taller t-posts and a few extra strands of barbed wire, the bull came right on over. And in the process, the whole fence looks like it could come down if the bull really thought about it. Our beautiful cattle fencing has been smashed and smooshed to the point that it looks like a bunch of first graders installed it. So we started yet another fencing project: “Operation plant some posts, run a hot line, and shock the $&*! out of any bulls trying to leave their own land.”
We’ve installed 10 posts and have 18 to go to finish the first stretch in the area that is under the most pressure of a breach. Not only do the posts shore up the fence a little more, keeping it from just flat out being pushed over, we’ll use them to run a hot line (electric fence wire) that will keep everyone honest and in their own yard – on both sides of the fence.
Our newest addition, CJ, is just such a cutie. We never get tired and looking at him, talking to him, watching him do his CJ thing in the Pasture. He’s such a looker! Yesterday, while we were digging post holes, he was relaxing in what’s left of the hay pile. Looks like a cushy spot for a nap. 🙂
I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into This Life in the Pasture from this past week.
Until next time, worms rock, bees rules and chickens are my Zen.
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