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Winter Sunset

I’ve removed all the old gates and panels from the old corral my grandpa used for decades.  Dallas and Brett had the tractor up at my farm, so we took advantage of that by pulling up the old hedge posts and clearing this whole area.  I still have a huge wood pile of posts, etc to burn.  This place is known as the Bowyer Farm and is where my grandparents ‘went to housekeeping.’  Sometimes, i struggle with taking out and changing the old stuff, but barns, facilities, houses, become not only an eyesore, but dangerous.  The memories are only mine now – all others who would have sentimental thoughts are passed away.  

Tightening the Fence

No deep thoughts or wise words in this blog – it just truly is the telling of a finished project.  The 5 barbed wire fence around an older pond has been loose as a goose for YEARS!  I finally am pressured to fix it since I’m weaning calves at this new location in a couple of weeks.  Seems like I have to have a major push to finish big projects.

The task:

Re-stretch 1050 feet around the pond, all wires needed re-stretching which meant ALL the clips had to come off and put back on after stretching.  That is about 90 posts times 5 is 450 clips!  Stretching the wire around each corner post with fence/wire pliers and pounding in the staples to make it hold.  I’m not sure how many hours it took me because I had to break it into smaller jags – i just get tired you see.  And a couple days ago, I pushed too hard and knocked out a rib.  By the time I got home I was nearly in tears!  (I have an appointment on Friday to get put back together)

Not only did Dallas man the Rhino GPD-30 Gas Powered Driver (most of the posts had heaved out of the ground over the years), but he also helped finish up today with helping to hang the gate where there had been a wire gap before.  It’s just an old worn out gate, but it will be fine for this job for many years – at least the rest of my life.

Saggy Fence
Saggy Fence
Tightened Wires
Tightened Wires
Dallas manned the Honda post driver machine.  It's SUPER handy for when you don't want to use a tractor and front end loader.  I only had to remove the top clip and still drive the posts.
Dallas manned the Rhino GPD-30 Gas powered driver. It’s SUPER handy for when you don’t want to use a tractor and front end loader. I only had to remove the top clip and still drive the posts.
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Dallas helping put the finishing touches on gate hanging today. Note the crooked posts – we did the best we could – the gate is actually hanging straight!