Tuesday, October 28, 2008

It takes a village...

to build a fence!

After much patience, OK anyone who knows me knows that should read "after much IMPATIENCE" our field is finally fenced for the sheep. Up until now I've been using electronets. There's nothing wrong with them, but they need to be moved on a regular basis, they only go as far out into the pasture as the power reaches, and they get in the way sometimes when I'm working the dogs. The new fence will make my life much easier and will also lead to the purchase of more sheep...

Of course I had to take pictures of the ordeal - I mean project.

Sacrifices were made.

Funny how quick a tree can go from "much loved" to "cut her down" when a fence is going up.

Blood was shed.

This was just one example. Aside from blood I noticed that Travis had difficulty picking up his coffee cup the other day and today my dad needed help serving his lunch. I guess we're "soft". ;-)

Words were exchanged.

No picture - too busy exchanging words to think of it.
Louanne's words of wisdom, "married couples should not fence together" did occasionally ring true...

New skills were learned.

Everyone should run a post pounder at least once in their life. There's something about driving a post in to the ground...
We learned that we now pretty much know how to put up a fence. We also learned that we don't want to put up fences for a living. Also notice that the sun is very much going down - it did that a few times while we were out there.

The last spike, well maybe staple on the last corner!

And what do the sheep think?

With a little push - freedom!!

Have fun girls. Last time I looked they were still out there doing what I call the happy sheep dance, which looks like this " Look at this weed, no no come over and try this weed, hey wait, there's a weed over here!"

MANY THANKS to all of our friends who helped out with the fence. Vicki, Mike , Eve and Bud (and a special thanks for the use of your brand new tractor), Linda, Allan, and especially Travis and my dad who put in ton of a time and effort to get it done.

1 comment:

lori-ann said...

and what about the people who stayed home but made the thermos of coffee for the people who worked in the cold all day?!*

I'm sorry I missed it. . . it looked like it was, er, "fun."
I can't wait to come out and tour the grounds--we're home now, and should get together soon to talk about Italian food!

*actually, I'm not sure I was even capable of that that day. oops.