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.