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Spring Farm Chores

| 5/6/2014 12:50:00 PM

Brenda ArthurYesterday was a beautiful spring day. We took advantage of the near perfect weather to get busy on some farm chores that we had put off for the winter.

Besides the usual feeding, watering and stall cleaning for our constantly growing animal family, we (meaning my husband) started on our new driveway from the house to the barnyard. Over the years we have driven over this section of the backyard so many times as a shortcut to the barn that we have ruts that pool water and keep the dogs muddy in wet weather. The bucket on the front-end loader did a fair job of scraping away dirt to make room for a rock bed with a gravel top. The rock and gravel should keep the area dry and the dogs cleaner! Of course I would much rather look out the back and see pretty green grass – but that won’t work here, and I’ll just have to get used to seeing a gravel drive through the middle of the yard. I guess it’s a trade-off for keeping white Great Pyrenees dogs at least fairly white.


Jack checking out our new driveway!

We also moved who knows how many tons of manure from where we put it during the winter to the back of the barnyard to complete the composting! With two horses, two cows and a donkey, the pile grew huge over the winter! It was just too cold to haul it to the area in the far end of the lot where we would normally put it – so convenience won out. John, though, may override the “convenient area” this next winter as his knees are achy from all the clutch work on the loader – but the barnyard looks so much bigger and cleaner now! I had forgotten how much room we actually have in the area! 

John on the tractor moving the manure pile 

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