I’m preparing for winter, in a way I never expected. I’m preparing alone, in an all-new location, and with little time to make changes, repairs, additions I would like to make to suit my specific animals and their needs.
Every available day that I can put together the complex puzzle of people, equipment, and cooperative weather, I’m preparing. Yesterday, it was all about getting those round bales from Stringtown to the new farm. It turned into an all-day adventure (and a post unto itself as soon as I get a chance). At the end of the day, I got a call from the superboys that they were available to do some fencing today.
The fencing is important because, for some unknown reason, in all the connected fields on this farm, there is a gap in the fencing between the barn and the goat yard and all the connecting fields beyond. When snowstorms come, I want to be able to bring the sheep and goats to the barn without having to take them outside fencing to do it. This is especially important when it comes to the sheep, who like nothing better than to run off in the wrong direction and preferably down the road. I need the superboys to close the fencing gap.
I didn’t think they were going to be available until next weekend, so my day starts early with racing to one place to borrow the tools, the next place to pick up fence posts, and the next place to buy further supplies. And then somehow direct the superboys into building the fence I need them to build when I know nothing, I mean nothing, about fencing, and will be relying on the copious notes I took when goat farmer friend Pete was over here last week and told me what to tell them to do. He was pretty much speaking Greek to me, so I hope when I read the Greek to the superboys, they will understand!
Just another confusing, challenging, awesome day at Sassafras Farm!