Today we hit a milestone! The last of the original horse fencing, which we had left by the house, was torn down and removed in preparation for garden fencing this week. Farewell, rotting fence boards! We won’t miss you at all.
You may remember that after bucking up the rest of the two huge trees that we cut down, we were left with a massive stump. The stump was huge – too big to cut with our chainsaws, and, conveniently, lying right where we wanted to put in our new garden fence.
Our neighbor Stan brought his cat by and hauled the log up onto a flat area, where it was safer to make cuts (it was lying on a steep hill; the wrong move and it could have rolled down into the road, or, worse, on top of someone). With the log in a safe, flat place, John came up with a borrowed chainsaw long enough to do a little more damage, and by making cuts through on both sides, was able to start taking off massive rounds.
Teamwork – one runs the chainsaw while the other drives wedges and uses the pry bar to pull the logs apart.
The reason this log was so huge was that it was actually a split stump – two full sized treees growing out of a single stump. There’s a huge gap in the middle, full of pitch, and in the photo above you can see the separate trunks on either side. When they cut into the gap, pitch ran out like maple syrup!
Teamwork, borrowed tools, and great neighbors… all it takes to move a two-ton log out of your garden. Well, that and a sunny day.
Pictures don’t turn out well in the brooder, because of the dark barn and the red heat lamps, but, as you can see, we’ve added new babies to the mix! It’s hard to believe that our now-four-week-old chicks are SO HUGE, compared to the new babies we added this evening.
We’ve added 10 Marans, who lay very dark chocolate brown eggs, and 5 white egg layers, since the contrast will be fun! Luckily everyone seems to be getting along well. Just a few more weeks for the first batch, and they can head out onto the pasture without a heat lamp soon! Very excited to see them growing so much.