a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sometimes Farming Bites

Losing a valve stem slows things down a little.  Two days later and $155.10 lighter, the tractor rejoins the working equipment.
There is a dry ditch behind Marcy's that fills when it rains.  Hubby is widening, deepening and clearing some thorns from the main stream.
Bev is helping, supervising, then has to do all the hand work.  Can you imagine how long it would take to clear this ditch with a shovel?
The dirt is scooped for distribution into planting beds which will have to be done by hand.
The bed of the dry creek is deepened, waiting to be reshaped by the next rain.  The soil waits to be hauled where it is needed.  I know this isn't beautiful but three short years ago, this entire spot was filled with tornado twisted trees and debris.  It has come a long way toward being Marcy's beautiful back yard.
...and the hand work begins.
The most wonderful part is all this happened while I was at work!

17 comments:

the canned quilter said...

Wow I wish stuff like that would happen while I was gone : )

lisa said...

Can't live without the tractors! Sure makes life much easier!

Pat said...

I like how even the littlest family members help out!

Barbara said...

Yes team work, that is what it takes and good running tractor, lol hugs my friend

Rising Rainbow said...

There's something to be said for things getting done when you're gone.

Glad that tractor repair bill was not something huge.

Nora said...

Thank goodness for large machinery and able men to work it. That looks like a lot of work and I'm very glad it didn't have to be done by hand. I'm equally glad that it was done while you were gone. I'm happy for you. It looks like the work's never done on a farm. I don't think your husband will get bored.

carolina nana said...

looks like you all are into the same kind of clearing we are. It's sure better to get all the vines and briars out while they are dormant.
Hope you have a blessed day
Marilyn

carolina nana said...

looks like you all are into the same kind of clearing we are. It's sure better to get all the vines and briars out while they are dormant.
Hope you have a blessed day
Marilyn

Nezzy said...

Ya got of easy girl. Our big blue went down on New Year's Day and we just got it outta the shop. They had it captive and just kept findin' one darn thing after another. We picked it up last Saturday...after we sold our soul to get her out! I'm talkin' thousands here.

Sure would be a great surprise to find work has taken place in your absence. I'm not holdin' my breath here! Heeheehehe!!

God bless ya and have a terrific weekend sweeite!!!

Jenean said...

I had a friend who used to say ...just like blisters, you show up after the work is done...I always thought that was clever...

Country Gal said...

Lots of hard work ! Dont count your chickens yet I bet they will have you help with some thing lol. Have a great day !

Jo said...

Wonderful team: man and machine. I'm amazed at how hard you all work. Well done to your sister and hubby. Have a great weekend. Jo

DesertHen said...

Lots of hard work going on there! It's nice to come home to find big projects have been started....and sometimes even finished. =)

LindaG said...

Haha. Glad it all happened while you were working, Gail. :)
I wish we had gotten a front loader, but at the time, all we knew was we needed a bush hog. Oh well.
Hindsight.
Have a blessed Sunday! :)

Greener Pastures--A City Girl Goes Country said...

I often think back to the old days when we are doing chores around the farm with the tractor or even the weed-whacker--how in the world did they cut weeds down with a sickle?! It's hard work with a gas powered weed-whacker! We're lucky, huh? Especially if we're at work.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Big machinery has big bills..but wow is it ever worth it for the job they help you do:)

Sue said...

There really is a lot of physical labor involved, isn't there? It's one of those things, I'm sure, that you can't imagine the scope of until you've been there, done that.

=)

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