In which we work on reversing inevitable farm entropy
Here at Haiku Farm, it's just reality: Stuff falls apart. Especially in winter.
Last night a big windstorm blew through our region, knocked the power out and blew branches all over the houses and roads. We had only a little damage, mostly just a wooden door that was torn off of the hinge installed by the former owner. Since the hinge is actually the wrong size for the door, we need to replace it completely; for now, it's just tied down securely.
Jim woke up inspired by all that activity in the air, and revved up the chainsaw for some preventative tree repair.
There is (was) an alder tree growing by our driveway. I assume it planted itself and the seedling was ignored by the former owners (they were adept at ignoring stuff) until it was no longer a seedling but was an actual tree.
The thing about trees is that they get bigger. This tree was obviously planning to get bigger in the direction of the driveway.
The thing about alder trees is that they delight in throwing branches at stuff--fences, cars, livestock...anything that people might care about. Jim got that driveway alder in his sights and *poof*.
Now it's just a bunch of firewood. Nice how it happens that way, isn't it?
After chopping down the driveway tree and a peach tree* in our orchard that was just a haven for ants, it was time to remove the entropy on the axe blades!
While Jim was de-entropizing the upper part of the property, I toured the pasture fenceline.
I walked the pasture fence twice: the first time was with the fence charger turned ON so I could hear the snap sound that fence wire makes when it's arcing to something. Even though there were several shorts in the fence, the fence tester showed a strong charge over the entire system. With the shorts removed, the charge will deter even a goat. Most of the time.
More entropy: the front porch had several boards that needed to be replaced.