It's been a busy week! It finally stopped raining and we were able to get out and work in earnest above the house in the area we want the sheep to go. I'm amazed every time we cut down a tree at how much bigger they are when they're horizontal on the ground and all that wood needs to be either cut and stacked for winter, or cut and dragged and burned as brush. It's times like these (when I'm so very tired of dragging brush) that I wish I had a few more kids :-P No..not really.
This is looking down the hill toward the filled in area..where Zep is is just about where the chicken coop will be.
this is looking UP the hill...we've started sticking big pine logs on the downhill side of the same area, to use as a sort of retaining wall. This method was employed by the Romans when building roads through swamps.
Oh! I almost forgot! We bought a little garden tractor on Saturday..its very cute..it has a backhoe and a bucket and a snow blower attachment. We had it for less than an hour..and this is where it ended up...on it's side over a bank.
The tractor (and my husband) are fine, and we learned a valuable lesson about the wheel base of this smaller model vs. the wheel base of the bigger models (My Father in law owns a big tractor that we usually borrow...so in my wonderful husbands defense he's used to the bigger more stable tractor)..of course now I'm all paranoid every time I drive it that it's going to roll over...great thing considering all of my land is on a hill :-P