Odds and Ends

The weather has turned hot again.  We had three nice days, lows in the lower 80’s with low humidity.  Unfortunately we are back to highs near or into the 90’s with high humidity.  All that is to say working outside is no fun at all in that weather.  I am what you would call a sweat-er, and when it’s humid I sweat by the bucket full.

I have been able to get some things done over the last few days.  I am getting close to having the pig pen ready for our piglets.  I got the hog panels up and stapled to the fence posts.  I still need to pound some T posts in between the wooden posts.  I also need to hang the gate and strap a section of the hog panel onto that gate, but we are getting close.  I hope to have a video of my progress up on YouTube shortly.

I also got a small start on getting a tree off our path through the woods.  The boys and I went down there with hand tools and cleared out the area around the tree so I can get down there with the chainsaw and get that tree cut up.  It has been on the path since late last fall, so this is long overdue.  The boys really want it off there so they can take the golf cart through the woods.  There will be a video on the progress on that project coming shortly as well.

Other than that it is mostly trying to stay cool and keep the animals as comfortable as possible as well.  Checking waterers several times a day to make sure they don’t overheat.  With the heat we have been using the pool almost every day, definitely worth the Craigslist purchase.  It has also allowed B2 and G1 to become so much more comfortable in the water.  They have gone from not wanting to put their faces in the water to being very comfortable, to the point where they are talking about joining their older brother on the swim team.  It has been nice to be home, and not be re-packing for another trip.  As much as I love traveling, and visiting friends and family, being home is really nice as well.

Until next time.

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4 Responses to Odds and Ends

  1. You’ve made me appreciate our temperate climate. I must admit, we’re a bit concerned about how we’ll cope with climate changes when we volunteer on permaculture projects around the world. We’ve mostly had to cope with muddy conditions in the wind and rain!

    • We normally have a temperate climate as well. This summer has been unusually hot and dry.

      Where are you going to be doing permaculture? I am trying my best to adopt a permaculture mindset here, but I have a lot of work to do.

  2. micahwotring says:

    Just an idea. Instead of trying to strap the panel onto the gat maybe try using zip ties. I’d guess it’d be much easier. I’ll be doing it here shortly for my sheep pasture project.

    • I normally do use zip ties, I am just wondering about the pigs strength and snapping them. I know they make metal zip ties so maybe I would use those. In all likelihood I will use a combination of zip ties and some sort of wire strapping. Thanks

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