Back in the saddle again.
We haven’t been able to do as much active farming in the past few weeks as we had hoped, but the weather has taken a turn for the better. Today Geoff and I got to do some good old fashioned manual labor. Jillian Michaels is back! If you follow Geoff’s blog, then you know that he has been waiting for a certain gravel pile to thaw so that he could continue to work on the very slow and tedious process of installing a perimeter fence on our largest field. Since the thawing happened on a day when I did not have school, I was available to help G out.
I can say that my farming skills have come a long way since the summer. For example, as we were loading gravel from the gravel pile into the wheelbarrow I kept up almost shovel for shovel with Geoff. Also, I used the post hole digger to finish out some of the holes Geoff dug with the gas powered auger, and I did not cry or quit. And, when I nearly pierced my chest wall with the handle of a shovel, I did not burst into tears and I only used the F-word a few times. In fact that was the only time today I used the real F-word. At one point I actually heard myself saying, “Fudge!” and I thought to myself that I have really come a long way.
Poor Geoff is still outside digging holes. I came inside to work on homework for school and to start a hearty lentil stew for dinner.
Here are some pictures of this beautiful sunny day, our enthusiastic assistants, and Geoff, as always, working hard.