You may be tired of seeing just a few fence posts, but this is Jack's first attempt at using barb wire. He wanted to put some around this for added support, even though all the posts are notched and screwed in, caulked and tarred.
So far, we have put in partial days at the farm this past week. Most days it was overcast with a slight chance of rain. The temps were in the mid 80s, up from the mid 70s of last week. We really felt the heat the first day out because there was sun with no wind and boy, that was tough. I know we sound like wimps, but we're pretty hardy when it comes to weather. It just starts cooking when it's sun and you and nothing in between. Thankfully as the week progressed, there was a lot of cloud coverage, and with that came a steady breeze, which was great! PERFECT weather :-)
There were a few splashes of raindrops but no rain till Wednesday night, when it poured. Boy, did that make a difference in the road...ugh. Even with just an overnight rain, the road went from pretty passable to rough. Any more rain and it would be a mud pit again, just like it was for about four months this summer.
We have to weigh our limited resources and the timing of it all...put down shell for the road holes, or fence the property? This is the dry season (comparatively) here, so we decided after a lot of back and forth conversation to try to get the fence done, or as much of it as we can, during what dry season we hope we have. Let's see...
|Not only is that a handsome man, I think the black tar paint looks kind of sharp on those posts, woo!|
I do not look forward to the part of this all where we have to clear this brush by hand. I'm praying for God to help us with any equipment we need, when we need it. At this point, a tractor or a bobcat seem to be what most folks out this way use. I have no idea how we'll manage that, since renting and hauling those to the property are truly cost prohibitive, as are the quotes we've gotten from private individuals who hire out to do clearing and leveling. But either of those are tools I know we'll need at various times in the future, so I'm being bold enough to put it on the prayer list :)
What can't be seen in the pictures is how HAPPY we are...to be able to get to the land, to have schedules that most times this past couple weeks have meant days together to head to the farm, to have finished something, even if it's the gate, a few posts, some clearing, some further prep with plans laid out for weeks ahead.
It is FUN being with my beloved/hubby/best friend, and even just the ride out there makes me HAPPY. We stare at the gate as if it's a talisman...something of actuality after so much waiting. It makes me HAPPY to see Jack learning about new tools, for us to dig in the dirt, to sit on breaks listening to the whispering pines and the rattling palmettos and the sighing of the swampland on the other side of the street when there's wind.
We've met a few other folks who have land near here. Everyone, the few who are ever out here, stops when passing by and chats for a few minutes, catching up on any news or making first introductions. I really really like that. So far we haven't met anyone we think of as sinister. It seems like the folks who venture out this far are ones with some overlapping similarities in what they intend to do with their land, too, or just the enjoyment of being out here with the huge huge sky and the slower pace, the nature and the lack of interference from outsiders. The sky here seems HUGE because there are few or no power lines and mostly sunny days, with skies often as blue as a robin's egg and dotted with beautiful white cloud cover.
We love to sweat and work towards something outdoors. Somehow it feels more actual. It helps me get through long, dragging days when we can't be out there, until we can again. Whatever "it" is about being out there, it makes us both so happy. I know part of it is our being together and doing something we love together. We also believe God gave us this land and will help us use it for good things. I love and appreciate my husband more every day, and especially on those days in the sun and at the farm. We thank God, a lot...lot...lot. And then some more.
Shabbat shalom, and I hope you'll share what's going on in your world :-)