Proud of my couple of rows of turnips. Then I go and look at my neighbors' pasture. It looks green, lush green, the cows are in it and then I notice he has sown turnips in his pasture: cowfeed. Acres and acres, and of course they are huge.
Water issues at the house: I opened a valve next to the little pump house to activate a hydrant in the middle of the field to water chickens, anyway, something breaks. A day later I have free flowing water from a line 3 feet deep in the ground. And then you are screwed, you have seen it and you can't go back to bed. So, after half a day I now have a 3 feet deep wet mud hole. I vaguely remember plumbing this 15 years ago, and slowly the nightmare comes back to me and in this crater where you could by now bury a Cadillac, I see 4 lines come together. And if one piece breaks, it all has to be replaced, well guess what? No don't even bother. So didn't have any water for a day, neither did the mobile home, or the chickens. So I plumbed it real quick with my favorite washing machine hose connections, rude plumbing. Perfect! But how long would those hoses hold up in the ground? Cover it up and dig it up again? in a few years? AH SHIT. To break my karma and do it right... it took another foot of digging, and bailing the water out for the 10th time. Anyway, it seems to be working again. Those joys of jobs well done that no one ever will see. But through this hole runs the waste water line from my bathtub/shower and kitchen sink. Ah, let me check it. More nasties. Imagine my surprise: you drain a bathtub, the water goes out of the tub, but no water comes out of the drain. Neh, it must have gone right under the house. No wonder the house" is sinking. Fixed that right quick though, made a hole in the bathroom wall, hooked a pipe up to the tub and now it drains into the yard, parallel to the washing machine drain that has its' own pipe through the wall.
Went to Columbia, gave a presentation to about 100 people about the hoeing hens. The actual presentation can be found on the page under hoeing hens. When I got there it was not so good, none of the files I had brought worked, and the computer people were not allowed to down load something or another, long story short, 50 slides made but no pictures, talk about brrrrrr.....
Beautiful fall so far. Moved the chickens, impressive, the damage they can inflict. Power in numbers. Planted the other half of tunnel to miscellaneous, and found the strawberries back in the other half of the tunnel. Lookin' purty. Outdid myself, watered the greenhouse, and, AND turned the water back off. Got 5 truckloads of wood, plenty of winter projects, and water. Water is good.
Pieter Los, born in Scotland, raised in the Netherlands, lost in the USA. .