|Back of in-law's garage.|
|Oliver Horse drawn plow.|
Jason came over today to help me get the old horse drawn plow off the hillside for my mother-in-law, Donna. Monica (foreign exchange student) spent the day with me helping out. We drove up to the plow and after digging it all out Jason suggests that since the wheels are on it and it is intact why not just pull it off the hill. This idea holds way more appeal then trying to chain it up and get in on the trailer. So we raise the plow height with the adjustable handles and I lift the moving end with the bucket. Jason chains it in place and off I go pulling the plow with the tractor. It is slow going but smooth. One hundred feet later one of the metal wheels falls off. There is a special clamp that holds the tire onto the shaft of the axle while letting it turn and one side does not have this clamp. We chained it up and struggled but finally got it onto the trailer. Once down at Donna's house we pulled the plow out the back of the trailer with some difficulty and I drug it while Jason continually kicked at the metal wheel to keep it on the shaft. We found eight more metal wheels for decoration at Donna's house, for a total of 11 or 12. I lost track of the exact number.
|Just before plow. I need to stand them up.|
Monica and I went out after lunch to finish fencing. Jason had to go back home and do something that paid. Now on a plus note, the trailer was initially filled with discard wood scraps so we took it over to the lamb shed and cleaned up all the scrap from tearing down the pig enclosure and got it all on the trailer. This was all emptied out on the hillside at the burn pile before we could get the plow. The barn yard is almost totally cleaned up just the freezer and a small pile of metal, about one hour of work and it will be done. We managed to get the "H" supports in for the new fence in the ram pasture and stretched the woven wire. I am going to have to stick a panel across the creek as the fence leaves an eight inch gap over the water. I have some old wooden panels from the pig barn I will use to patch up the holes. We need about another four hours to finish that fence. It is getting cold here, it was 26 degrees F this morning.
I also finished hanging the rings and horseshoes in the barn today. There are over 80 used horseshoes in the barn now. I am going to go find all the different pitchfork heads I have stashed everywhere and take them in to the hardware store so I can buy new handles for them. They do not make pitchforks like they used to. I am also thinking about bringing all the yard tools with no handles that I have stashed out in the wood shed over to the barn and hanging them up on the walls for decoration. A project that may eventually happen but not any time soon.
Before I can put in more fence up the hillside I will need to go to the scrap yard and buy some more used fencing. I only have a couple of small rolls left, not enough to do anything of significant scope.