A blog about our life on the family farm. Lots of animals, chickens, hair sheep, dexter cows, horses, border collies, alpaca. Read about how the farm life is tackled by a full time working couple.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Winter is not quite over, fencing starts.
Winter is not quite over.
Subfloor supports down and second layer of insulation done.
Well it snowed yesterday all the way down to the foothills. Winter is not yet over. This morning it was 28 F. I went up and worked on the attic. Got most of it framed out. Only one more spot (four boards) left to install. Once that is all done then I need to cut the plywood to go over the supports. You can see how full the attic is already. This is the reason I need more space. More space = more junk (I mean stuff) that can be stored up in the attic. I think we have 10 bins of just Christmas stuff in the attic now. With the extra space I can bring in the stuff still stashed out in the old house. That second layer of insulation is more than welcome. We burned 350 gallons of propane last month to keep the house heated. Only about 10% of that is for hot water and cooking gas. I am extremely glad we have a 500 gallon tank now. They will only fill the tank to 85% full so the most we can have is 425 gallons at any one time.
I had to start in on the fencing today. The stupid sheep were out on the bag hillside. We had been chasing an occasional stray out of the front yard lot but almost all of them were out on the hillside. So Zeke and I went out with Monica and he chased them back into the ram pasture. We isolated them from the orchard pasture. They found another large hole down by the creek. This afternoon the girls and I went out on the back hillside and attempted to put in metal posts on the rocky hillside. Four of the five posts went into the ground. It just rained in the last two days so I was hopeful they would go into the ground. I could not get any posts in the ground last summer in those areas. There was one spot were I will have to add another rock jack. The ground just will not take a metal post. Sarah and I went out and tore out the old fence in the orchard that has been patched five times. We sunk in four wooden posts and two metal posts. Tomorrow we will finish stiffening the posts and adding new wire. We need to get that area opened back up. We are feeding the sheep extra while they are cut off from the orchard pasture.