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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Front Pasture

For those who haven't seen it, this is the pasture I'm busy fencing.

If I turn to my left a bit, this is what I have:

Seeing how nasty that looked, I went out and worked on that big bush for about an hour, pulling out and chopping out old, dead branches.  At one point, a dove scared the daylights out of me as it flew out of the bush.  I figured she had a nest in there, and at the time, could care less.  Until, of course, I saw it.  Then all production on the bush stopped. Here's what it looks like now.

Yeah, doesn't look a whole lot different after all that work I just did.  Frustrating.  After this project is done (remember, I am only about 1/2 way through the fencing, although, I'm keeping the sheep in this pasture anyway ... the brush is so thick, they don't know they can leave yet), I have a few more things I want to do ... like pull out these dead grasses and decide whether to take out this tree:

Another undertaking is going to be cutting this bush down to size.  I took the shot just as a truck passed by so you can get an idea of the true size of it.  I'm sure it hasn't been trimmed back in a dog's age:

Oh and if anyone has any ideas how to slow the growth of algae in the water trough, please let me know.  It seems that heat + water = algae, period.  But if there's something I can do ... apart from emptying and scrubbing and bleaching as often as i do ... I'd love to hear it.

And here's one of my guilty pleasures.  I love these little guys.  I have 8 of them.  They're Phyllis' Cayuga ducks that I am growing out for her.  Their wings are just starting to get iridescent and their heads are starting a bit also.

I can't wait for them to start laying eggs.  Chicken eggs suck.

Anyway, I guess I need to decide if I'm going to continue fencing, or take a nap.



  1. Put some goldfish in your stock tank to control the algae.


  2. to prevent the algae just keep the hose in the tank and the water running just a trickle - the water movement will keep the growth down.

    You only have 8 ducks? There were nine when we put them in there? What happened to the 9th duck? Did it go the way of the ones preceding? Or did we count wrong?

    Ya know I kinda liked the grasses on the road - but then I am weird like that. I would wait till winter to trim the bushes - then you can prune them correctly - it is better for them too. Why take the tree out of the pasture?

    Hopefully we can help put up some more fencing when we were there at the end of the month - if you dont have it already done!

  3. One duck didn't make it. It was the littlest one. Not sure what happened, but came out and there it was. A dead duck. I had a funeral, all the duckies gathered, and we released balloons as we tossed the duck over the fence into Mr. Crabby Neighbor's pasture.

    The grasses are dead. I need to pull them and plant new ones. The bushes that are getting "trimmed" are the ones that have lots of dead crap to trim out of them, or ones that have lots of live crap that's in my way while I'm trying to get the fenced up.

    I can't come up with a reason to take the tree out (although will remove all the other saplings ... I could see this getting out of control ... it's not like I don't have enough trees ... I like the view of the other trees across the street), so I am leaving it there for now.

    Hopefully when you get here, we will party ... not put stupid fencing up.

    Geesh, what were you thinking!?!?!

    Amy ... thanks for the goldfish tip. I'm looking into it!