Off Grid...Chapter 115
Mike and I went to his daughter's house to cut a tree down. She put up a hammock on a dead tree and Mike told her we had to fix that so no one got hurt. It worked out well. We got more wood and she got a safe place to hang the hammock.
We took a day of and went to the Christmas In July festival. It was a long windy trip there and back.
Hay has been cut, kicked and rolled or baled by our local farmer's. The whole crew was here to today with hay for the barn to keep the cows happy for the winter Now farmer's a hard working bunch. That is a tough job to do especially in this heat.
Later on it poured so no fireworks but it did cool things down.
The heat is on. What a crazy summer.
My garden is slowly growing.
I went to check on some of our wild blackberries.
Soon to be blackberries
I would love to tame them a little so I did some research. After a lot of confusing information I think I got it. If I am wrong in anyway please share Blackberries grow in 2 year cycles and not every cane will have fruit on it. One year some canes will have fruit and then they die. They only get fruit one time on their life. After the summer season you can cut those canes to the ground. The ones that were green this year will bear fruit next year and they can be trimmed back. Anything dead should be cleared out.....ouch!!!
Now to apply that to my mess will be quite difficult since I can't get to the ground. I may have to chop down half the jumble of briers this year to start fresh and then chop the other half down next year. This was I will have some blackberries next year. Mike says I should forget about the bushes and start over with transplants...but it's free so I will try.
Mike and I picked up a load of dirt from our pile to add the the side of the house where it has settled.
Then we shovel the dirt into 5 gallon buckets so we can carry them across the grass.
Mike dumps the dirt on the low side.
And spreads it out. Now we just need some seed and straw.
We went to town and picked up a treadmill. You would think I get enough exercise around here...not
I swear Mike is obsessed with rocks It was bad enough we had the pile of rocks to add to the ditch lines...and we got that done. Now Mike wants to pick up rocks from around the property. We will add any rocks we find to the pond wall.
Here is is again....throwing rocks down the hill so we can put them in the tractor bucket.
Our new rock spot.
Very quickly we get a full bucket. Now it's off to the pond.
Mike placing rocks on the pond wall.
And a big one we found.
Off to another job. While we were getting rocks we saw another downed tree that is easy to get to.
Another big tree to be cut up. This will give us a lot of wood.
While Mike is getting ready to cut it up I get a view from a new spot.
Mike is trying to cut but the chainsaw won't stay running. They just don;t make tools like they used to.
Oh well....we are going to have to come back to this tree another day. We drive back down to the pond to check on the fish. Mike is by the drain pipe and I am by the tractor. There is one cow in between us. Next thing I know another cow walks past me and gets close to the other cow...and then the fight began literally. Mike got the heck out of there. The 2 cows were really fighting and pushing each other pretty hard. One cow got thrown all the way into the pond. I got the heck out of there and Mike says "get on the tractor" yeah right, they are strong enough to knock the tractor over Meanwhile every other cow came down to the pond to watch the show. They were all standing around watching the fight mooing away. They reminded me of sports fans, lol. Mike got the tractor out of the way and eventually the fighting cows moved to the barn area and stopped fighting. Wow I have never seen the cows fight. Two bulls yeas but not 2 of the girls. The heat must be getting to them.
The cows fighting.
Mike and I went to the Farm Supply to pick up Quikrete for our next project. Since we added the awning to the front of the house we have no use for our front garden so we are going to fill it in and make the patio area bigger.
We got back home and Niki is hiding under the chair....strange little dog. We must be rubbing off on her, lol.
We get the 12 bags of quikrete down to the house.
Then we get the rest of the material to do the job. We get the black mixing bucket which we've had for years, the hoe, shovel, trap, and spatula and wood to spread it. Now we are ready. I open up one bag at a time and mix it up with water. Then Mike pours it into the garden and starts to spread it. We go right over the rocks because we can't use them anywhere else.
Mike working on the fill in.
That was work. Not terrible but I have never mixed that much quikrete at one time. Oh my back, lol.
Mike is almost done spreading it out.
We are done.
Now we have to wait for it to cure and then we will stain/paint the patio.
That's all for now.