Thursday, January 4, 2007

fence post pounding is not for sissys


Today was pasture day... I've been moving chief’s pasture around so that he will knock down the tall grasses and fertilize each spot I move him to.... I've moved him thee times now since we moved in on Dec 4th. and I've managed to get the process down to under 2 hours...

I've also become proficient with two very useful tools a t-post pounder and a post puller :) both are heavy and not fun to drag around but the more dangerous of the two I have learned is the t-post driver... (see photo)

the post driver is an all manual tool which consists of a heavy steal tube with lead in one end and handles on either side.. you place it over the t-post and lift it up and then pound it down .. it's kind of cave man-esque if you ask me : ) but sort of gratifying... kind of like using the maul to split wood...
so the guy at the farm store said when I bought it "now be careful things can knock you out" I thought to myself "who would be dumb enough to hit them selves in the head with a 20 lb steal pipe.." well let me just tell you it's a lot easier than you think : ) although I have managed to avoid knocking my self out I did have one or two near misses .. so imagine this ... you are holding this 20+ lb thing above your head head if you lift it up with just a little too much enthusiasm and it is no longer on the post and there you are holding this heavy thing above your head that has a good bit of momentum and gravity working against you... thus pretty darn easy for it to tip forward and knock you right in the forehead ... so if you have ever hit your self in the head with a fence pounder you have a friend in me : ) I'm not sure why I just wrote this.. I think it falls into the category of what I've learned living on a farm : ) ... if any of the Christmas visitors read this... then I found 5 dollars"... : )

so I think that's all for today I need to focus on my label work tonight I'm working on a label tonight called love and squalor I love the name...
the paperwhites I started in our kitchen window : )

Brian started our wine storage unit today out in his work barn !! : ) this will be nice to have done.. my husband rocks : )

8 comments:

chou-chou said...

holy crap - that could knock you right out!!

you must be getting in shape fast working like that -- that is a seriously hard-core upper body workout.

is Love and Squalor a winery name? or is it the name of a particular wine? doesn't sound like a vineyard.

btw, how about calling your place Laughing Pig Farm?

Clare Carver said...

Love and Squalor is the name of the wine only : ) laughing pig will be my rose wine but .. I think we want a name that reflects this place it's history as well as where we are going to take it from here... this is a topic for a blog I'm sure : )

Cliona said...

Hi Clare and Brian,

My mum sent me the link to your blog. The farm looks and sounds beautiful. Look forward to following it's progress!

Congratulations from one wistful city-dweller,

Cliona.

Johnny Sprocket said...

Hey Clare-
Love the posts (and subsequent post/head pounding mauling stories). I've got you linked on my site so if you get some skinny assed bike weenies posting, you'll know why. I'm glad you and Brian are doing so well. Also, please forward me a detailed map with a gigantic "X" on it for where that mason jar is. My kids will think it's great to go on a real life treasure hunt when we visit. Quarters are like gold when we visit the local pizza parlor.

Clare Carver said...

hey any quarters your kids find yoiu'll have to repace my friend ... my ass lookin' fine in new jeans is very important to my husband and you know I do what ever makes HIM happy!!!

Johnny Sprocket said...

Seems to me I recall 21 times in a span of 36 hours (or something) to keep that boy smiling. He's lucky to have you.

Clare Carver said...

hey this is a family blog : ) ...

Agapantha said...

2 things

1. your blogging ROCKS

2. "Love and Squalor" is the grooviest name I've heard in a long time. If I were more musically talented (and had an amp), I'd start a band with that name. But then the "Love and Rockets" people would get all litigious and whatnot and I'd lose interest and blam there goes my $500 for that damn amp.