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Monday, July 21, 2008

A Ride In Our Pasture


Well we can't really call it a pasture...it used to be....they used to take lots of hay off this field....but it has been let go, and willows have moved in everywhere.


One day, we hope to fix it all up, rejuvenate the pasture, and then hopefully get a couple of cows....but that's for another year. We always seem to have plenty to do in our gardens and barn...

Yesterday morning the Gman was out riding on his excavator....now, we have spent many an hour with a glass of wine (or two or three) sitting on our porch looking out over the garden and the "fields" beyond....

We talk about getting the pasture fixed up, and we want to start our plan with putting in a rough road down to the creek. Then, the hope is, we can ditch beside the road, put up fencing and let in some animals to graze.

I was out on the porch, watching the Gman work with his machine, and he started moving farther and farther down that road line we had so many times pointed out and dreamnt about....

Then he came back up to the yard, and yelled "Want to take a Ride?" Well, did I, you bet!
It was the first time I have been in the excavator...the Gman has tried many times to talk me into learning how to use the machine...No way, uh uh...no thank you! Cuz I just know, if I ever were to learn, next thing I knew, I'd be doing Actual Work on that darn thing...and isn't it enough that I mow all the lawns? Well, isn't it? No way I am learning how to work that machine!

But a ride out to the pasture? Sure, and I ran down to meet him....stood in behind his seat while he did the driving.....it was kinda like being on a ride at the fair, lol! Bumpy, jerky, and downright scary when he lifts the tracks to turn direction.


Off we went....





Look at all those willows...there are a few large aspens there too.





Oh it was beautiful out there! The pictures don't do it justice at all....the grass is well above our heads...


Look at the valley, gosh how pretty it is! And all that grass, wow.....now lots of times, we can hear deer and moose and the odd bear making their way thru the grass....most of the time we can't see anything, because the grass gets so tall.....






Here's a little stream....it had lilypads in it...really pretty! We do have a creek running thru the property but this isn't it....this is just a little stream (tributary??) whatever they call it, a side stream off the main creek....
Looking back from the fields to our house...
















Such a beautiful rosy pink colour on the grass, simply gorgeous!













In order to redo the pasture, we're gonna have to pull out those willows, and do some ditching. then fencing, then running wire, arg.....see how this job is easy to put off until another year?? But we have something to dream about....it would be so neat to get it all cleaned up, and see a few cows out there grazing, wouldn't it?

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Annie,
Found your blog through your comment on Ree's site. I just had a look through your posts and wanted to say what a delight you are! I love your journal and style of life! Will be checking in often!
Amy
Wisconsin

Linda said...

Hi Annie... it is beautiful! Goats would love that field and the willows!

Linda said...

I forgot to add... the goats would kill that willow for you too!

Annie said...

Hi Amy, thanks for your kind words...I sure love Ree's site, and the way she writes....glad to hear you'll check in to see what's new on our homestead!

Linda, you are right, goats would love it down there in the pasture....I'm not sure I'd want the responsibility of having goats too...one thing at a time, lol....we feel like we're still just dipping our toes in this new lifestyle, lol!