Bridge Reconstruction – part 1

I have learned that life on a farm is somewhat unpredictable, and fate may throw you a curve ball without any warning…

Our old bridge has been the gateway from the front of our property to the back woods for years. It has stood strong for as long as I can remember – likely 30 years or more! Built from and old vehicle hoist and 4 large ash trees, it provided a passageway over the stream that runs though our land. I always held my breath as I passed over the old bridge, knowing that one day it would eventually fail as all things do. On the weekend we were driving the tractor back to the bush, and halfway over the old bridge we heard a loud crack. Two of the large trees that supported the bridge busted in half, as the tractor just made it across. Luckily no one was hurt, and we were able to get the tractor back across it.
Needless to say, it looks like I have a new project on my hands!

Yesterday I began dismantling the old timbers on what is part one of our bridge reconstruction.
Stay tuned for more …

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working with, not against

Today was a great day for taking advantage of our frozen fields and retrieving some of next years firewood! The ground is still frozen, and the snow is not too deep, allowing for smooth passage across what will soon be a soggy field until summer hits. It is times like these that I realize how important it is to try and work using the weather to my advantage as a farmer. Today’s wood haul across the fields was very pleasant and plentiful compared to what it could have been if I waited until another day. I am learning that timing and observation are key elements to successful farming practices. – J

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Water Installation, part 2

Horray for Dad! We now have water on demand! Today marks a very exciting day on our farm that many people take for granted nowadays – water on tap! We are currently working on the final stages of the little pump house that will supply our H2O needs for years to come… a tiny room that contains a pressure tank, electrical hookups and some insulation for year-round water! The frame was built using old salvaged wood. Final stage will be to insulate all water lines before Winter.
Thanks again Dad, you are a handy fellow! -J-

Water Installation, part 1

This weekend was a great one for installing the water line that will run from the well casing into the barn. My Dad helped me out and we managed to get the submersible pump and pipes, etc down into the new well without dropping anything down the well! Once that was completed, we started on the task of getting water to the barn, and preparing it so it will not freeze up this winter. I decided to use foam board insulation and make up a channel path that runs into the barn. Once that was done, the pipe was fully covered with sand and dirt. We’re hoping the frost will stay off of it. Next step will be the tank and electrical hookups!

Its time for some new H2o!

Well”… we decided to make the jump and get a new well put in at the barn! It was becoming increasingly difficult to go ahead with many of our plans on our current limited water supply. We have been borrowing the water using a hose from our house, which is pretty limited, not to mention a real pain when winter comes! With water close by, things will become increasingly better! (Oh  – I also planted a new Garlic plot for Spring! mmmm Garlic!!!)