Thoughts from Steve

August 17, 2015

Thoughts from Steve

Our long awaited new barn is finally taking shape!  We mowed the pasture for the last time in late October 2014, in preparation for excavation.  We hoped it would be up before Christmas, but as we’re coming to accept, things don’t always go as planned when it comes to building things.

So, Christmas came and went and, as our posts were finally set in, so to was the coldest winter on record.   Adam and his crew, from Cavalry Contracting, persisted through the bitter cold to get the framing, siding and roofing finished.  If it weren’t for the daily home baked goodies that Deby was supplying them, I’m sure they’d have left the job until spring!

Finally the weather broke, the doors were hung and the ground began to thaw.   Suddenly, it was time for the annual Alpaca Ontario Show in Orangeville and before we knew it, it was shearing time!

With shearing wrapped up and spring cleaning of pastures and first mowing, oh, and the chicken coop started…yes ….CHICKENS!

Deby came home with 4 chicks only one day old and that meant we now had a coop to build too.  I guess she thought I might be running out of things to do soon!

Anyhow, more delays trying to arrange for final grading, but we finally got that done on Father’s Day weekend.   That was a very productive weekend as we also finally got the coping stone on the retaining wall around the “new” hot tube we installed 2 summers ago!  That’s just another example of how things don’t exactly go the way you plan down on the farm!