Sunnybrook Farm shows daily activities of living in rural Virginia.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
It has warmed up since the weekend, still muddy on Monday as you can see from the view looking down the driveway.
I decided to let the chickens out into the garden as the days of below freezing really knocked the greens back. still getting some kale but the birds need to get out and get some bugs and grass. I have been throwing the grass over into their lot but it is easier to let them forage but I had to put some netting over the palletsade in places to keep them in.
Another day, another load of manure or something like that. On Sunday the ground was still frozen so I got in and got some of the manure out before it got nasty slick. Getting a good covering on the garden and should have it ready by planting time.
On Monday, I worked on the mobile sawbuck and other than putting some purple paint on it some day, it is completed. I took it out yesterday and tested it and only had to replace on piece of wood that wasn't strong enough. I even have a place to put my ax as it is quicker than a saw when removing limbs.
To use it, it just lays down on the side and you put the logs on the top of the Xs. I used hand saws today as I like to practice my plan B once in awhile. It did pretty good and wasn't hard to push as like a wheelbarrow, all the weight went forward.
The buck saw did good on the smaller limbs but the cross cut saw was needed on the larger tree trunks. The plan is to use the saw buck for limbs and small stuff around the house and on the trail with hand saws and the chain saw. I mess up the chain saw cutting small stuff as the blade hits the ground so easy. This will keep the wood up and away from rocks.
The weather has been spring-like and the boys have been laying around in the sun. Houdini was rubbing his horns on the saplings and waiting for me to fill the water trough after cleaning the ice and dirt out of it.
It is raining today but still warm, they say it is supposed to get windy and cold later.