This past weekend in Canada was a long weekend, and my husband happened to have the entire weekend off too! Well, off from his ‘day’ job, but certainly not off from working as we did more in this long weekend than he probably does while AT work!
It is a real blessing to have a handy husband, and most of all, one who is willing to learn how to do just about anything in order to help his family!
Any time we do fencing, we rent the post pounder from our local co-op store. It saves SO much time. In the amount of time it took my husband to pound ALL the posts for the entire sheep yard, I dug ONE hole with a hole shovel.
I did pause each time to guide my husband to each new post site while he towed the post pounded from one to the next, but still… that hole took a long time. However, it got me up close and personal with the soil here on our land for the first time. It’s like soil I’ve never seen before. Very hard to explain but it’s very dense, moist, dark and rich. A good soil from what I can tell with my limited soil experience! It made me that much more excited to start gardening!
We were able to get all the posts in before dark, and even got up the stucco wire for the sheep fencing! It was a great recommendation from our farming friends Steve and Delia. They are also the farmers/friends the sheep came from. A huge help in our new sheep endeavor!
(Delia is also my friend who has the shop Delia’s Pantry , if you haven’t checked out what she offers for sale, you should do so! I buy my elderberries, raw cocoa powder, yogurt starters, sour dough starters, powdered vitamin c and all sorts of other stuff from her shop!)
By the time the kids all came home from Youth Group, the fence was up!
On Saturday the first item on the agenda was to clean out the barn and get the sheep stall ready! It was a MUCH bigger job than expected, as is usually the case with these things!
Graydon (dh) and the three younger girls, Elsa, Shaylah and Julia, had already spent every spare moment over the last few weeks taking trailer load after trailer load of soiled straw out of the barn. Barn cats had been using almost the entire barn as one giant little box and it smelled just like it! We love our barn but hated the smell and the thought of all that cat feces and urine everywhere. The worst part of cleaning it up was needing to wear good thick face masks while working. It made the already hot job even hotter and we’re so glad we began working on the barn right away, rather than when the weather became even warmer this summer!
All together Graydon figures him and the girls removed 30-40 trailer loads of straw from the barn. We were unable to finish getting every last bit out of the loft but the cats seemed to have kept the loft rather clean, using the stalls as their litter box, so they decided to leave the last bit of straw up there. It will have to wait until we fix the roof. For now, it can catch any leaks there might be from spring time showers.
Once the barn was empty, Graydon pressure washed the walls and stalls.
Once with water, once with cleaning solution, and then gave it one last final rinse. Finally, the smell of cat was barely noticeable!The barn was finally just about ready for Shaylah and Julia’s sheep!