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Farm Escapades 01.25.19

Posted on January 25, 2019 at 11:15 PM

Adapting..

Over the years we have learned to adapt to the challenges each day presents. It’s not always easy, sometimes it is down right frustrating.

After a long week of working to construct a small greenhouse, our efforts are for not. The wind last Saturday picked it up and twisted it good. Yes, we should have secured it before all the blowing started- could’ve, would’ve, should’ve. We thought (well truth be told it was me) it’s only a frame, not enough there for the wind to catch. WRONG. Craig, gently reminded me – ALWAYS anchor, err on the side of caution. Think things thru.

Where to start seeds now? The temptation to throw in the towel was strong. Then we looked at the high tunnel that is still standing, getting closer to completion every day. We’ve invested so much time and effort. A friend recently posted – “No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow your progress. Keep going, don’t give up.” So, we adapted. Our sunroom is now full of seed trays, an extra bedroom is full of transplants and we push forward.

But what to do about that Greenhouse? We called the company. Explained the situation and were told the 5 parts we needed to replace would be an appalling amount of money. We stewed for days. Our frustration level bubbling. Finally, we sent an email stating our displeasure at the price quote. They called offering a generous discount. They adapted. The Greenhouse will be repaired and erected eventually.

Of course, the livestock are oblivious to our construction struggles. All is right in their world as long as we check on them, providing food and water. We begin and end our days making rounds, counting heads, opening and closing pens. Thursday, the sheep had a surprise for us. A new lamb! JJ delivered a healthy ram all by herself. We quickly moved her and baby to the “maternity ward”. Its closer to the house so we can check on mommas and babies more frequently. It’s also very protected from predators. They are adapting to their new surroundings.

Speaking of predators. We’ve been discouraging those pesky coyotes for weeks now. Predator lights are moved every day. We make rounds at different times during the night, shining flashlights, making noise. Every morning we scan the pastures with binoculars looking for them. Thursday – Bingo! Two were across the creek. Craig silently made his way to the creek. For Tabitha—coyote down.

Coyotes – 1 Andrews Farm – 1

They better adapt to a different area….

 

ANDREWS FARM 01.25.19

 

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