Preparing the pasture for the horses and cows

fencingThe little bottle-feeder cows we picked up a few months ago are really starting to fill out. We have completely weened them from the bottle and have been eating just hay for about a month now. With that being the case, it’s time to get them out to pasture.

A few weeks back our neighbour had rented a post pounder for a long weekend. He had  mentioned that he’d only need it for a day at the most and if we wanted to do any fencing, we were welcome to use it as part of the same rental. Sweet! The entire fence on the front of our property was in really rough shape (missing posts, most of wire gone) and we also wanted to get some cross fencing done so we can use our land to feed some of our animals.

The horses are really loving all the open space they now have
The horses are really loving all the open space they now have

So I helped my neighbour with his fence  posts and he, along with my father-in-law, helped put in the fence posts for all of the fencing that we had wanted to do. That was a few weeks maybe even a month ago.

Fast forward to last week: time to finish off the fence. Part of the process was simply stringing and stretching the wire and part of it was to install two gates that we were given and were trying to re-use. Gates are expensive and when someone is just throwing them out; it seems a shame to just let them get tossed. I’ve had this sitting our land for about a year, and it’s great to actually have them put to use.

Lately we’ve had a whole lot of rain here (5 inches in just over a week) and that made for some boggy conditions for fencing. With the quad it wasn’t too bad, but with the bobcat, that things was getting stuck like crazy. Especially with the post auger installed. I ended up having to get quite creative with how I installed the first gate. Working alone usually leads to some interesting/hill-billy solutions.

Getting creative with machines, slings and come-alongs. The joys of working alone...
Getting creative with machines, slings and come-alongs. The joys of working alone…

But, after a concentrated effort last week (I was shocked it took the better part of a week) it’s great to have the cows and horses running around and grazing in the newly fenced pasture.

Here’s a little video from our YouTube channel about it. Cheers!

Hyzing-ga! A new post

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Well, we finally have internet out at the homestead. We’ve recored videos, edited videos, and then have no way to get them out onto the interwebs, it’s been a long silence from the homestead. But that is all changing right now as we have a massive pole (liberality 13′ above the roofline of our 5th wheel and I call it our lightning rod) that brings us a little closer to being connected without paying massive stupid dollars on our cell phone bills. Still, not the greatest internet connection around, but so far it’s reliable and wan’t take all of our saving to maintane.

With this new excited I made a rather long video to update y’all on what’s been happening. And in a way, it’s really not that much. It’s amazing how much anything is when it’s just you, just your family, just the people closest to you-the people you share a dinner table with every night, and it’s just us to do this work. I am amazed at what my wife can do, and is wiling to do. I’m talking heavy lifting, carrying, moving stuff, handling animals and things that a lot of good folks simply would not do. Including living in a 5th wheel. With 4 kids. And homeschooling. I’m saying even though it might not seem like there is not much progress, but when you’re doing everything with cash, on the cheap, and with the resources that you have at your immediate disposal (stuff you own) things might not go as quickly as a corporately funded or mortgage project. And we’re okay with that.  We are doing things we love. Learning things that are amazing. And the ability to slowly take it in, and begin to understand what is going on; it’s incredible.

It seems like we are living life in slow motion out here on the homestead as compared to our “American Dream” that we’ve brought up in. I still think time goes by too fast, but things are moving slower out here, but it’s because we’re making sure we are enjoying every moment, and taking it all in. I don’t care if our progress is slower than has ever been done before, we are living the life we love, and choose.

Cheers,

Jeremy