Fixing up the farm

We were finally able to actually purchase the property in April after the county had extracted it’s pound of flesh (actually $15,000) in fees for our friend to subdivide the two 10 acre parcels. Then of course our first task was to take down all the rotten unsafe fencing which was mostly about 30 years old (draft horses and old fencing is not a good mix). We spent weeks replacing posts and rails, making a new corral, closing in pens, building new shelters, and generally making the stables, corrals, arena and fencing safe and draft proof. Mike recycled every nail – some of which have to be 80 years old!

So now we have a safe environment for the horses, a place to shut them in if necessary, a round pen to work them, and are finally secure in the knowledge that they can’t get out into the road. Gates are our life……

And its already fall so winter is fast approaching. Next spring our project is to dig another pond in the wetland and try to drain it some. We have already cleared the front part of the pasture of russian olives and had some spectacular bonfires – pyromaniacs unite! Next spring we will tackle the back part to clear the brush out, but I think we are about done for the year.

We are planning to start building a new shop in the spring, and will probably build a temporary apartment in there so we can move out of and sell Chez Taquie the mobile home, which will give us funds to start building the actual house.

So lots to do around here. I am now working as a bureaucrat – who would have thought – as a Program Manager for the Health Care Licensing Bureau, and Mike has a job with a local RV dealer, and hoping that once our utility increases its budget next year for energy audits he can get back to what he really likes. In the meantime the doggies are loving living in the country and we are hunkering down for winter. One thing we loved last winter was going out in the pasture on our x-country skis, though at first it totally freaked the horses. But we have to find positive things about winter here because it sure does last a long time!

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