Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Secret of...Nimh?

Now that we have the parties and business trips behind us for a while, we finally got started on clearing out the pastures.  The honeysuckle is in full bloom and smells wonderful...and it's everywhere.  The fences that are not covered in this stuff are few and far between.  There are trees it has climbed almost to the top of.  These fence lines have not been cleared for years...and clearly not just the years since we've been here. 

Underneath the blooming honesuckle on the fence lines is literally a wall of vines.  It actually reminds me of the home of the rats in "The Secret of Nimh" - a little mysterious...and a little scary too!  As it happens, it's also one of my favorite movies. 

We took the hedgetrimmers (and the chainsaw) to it this weekend.  We started in the front lot (which is not anywhere near as overgrown as the triangle pasture - we may need a scythe for that one).  We "found" the fence in the worst corner of the pasture...and, not surprisingly, the post is rotted that was under the worst of the honeysuckle.  Case in point - the honeysuckle was literally holding the fence up.  We went at it until the hedgetrimmers (and Shawn) went kaput.  We'll have to get a second battery for the hedgetrimmers...I'm not sure what we're going to do about Shawn's battery yet!

Shawn said he felt like he was in a movie hacking his way through the jungle - which of course reminds me of Romancing the Stone...glad I've actually got jeans and boots to get this work done in rather than running around in a dirty skirt and cut-off high heels!

The boys have been perfect so far keeping themselves entertained while we work.  Zack is now old enough to go fetch things from the house and barn with the gator when we need it.  One of these days having these boys will pay off for me and I'll be able to actually put them to work out here!

So lots of work to be done before it's ready for my sheep (and goats!) but we're off to a good start!

I love the smell of honeysuckle...but alas, it must go!

All the way up the tree...and this is only one of them.

A wall of vines

After the hedgetrimmers on one side of the fence...

Thank goodness we didn't actually find any rats!

The Great Owl

I wonder if there's an old cinder block in here with Mrs. Frisby living in it?

Little fetchers.
When the going gets tough...sometimes you just have to get out and push!

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