The Work That Never Ends

The pandemic that we are witnessing is a very real reason to stay home. We stay home most all the time anyway so it hasn’t hindered our life much at all. You see, there is ALWAYS something to do on the farm that keeps us busy during the day and at night we’re usually too tired to much anyway!!

Wintertime keeps us busy with feeding and caring for the cattle and small animals on the farm. Everyday finds us hauling firewood out of the woodhouse into the house or to the front porch when there’s pending bad weather. It’s also a time for restocking the wood stores for the next winter and checking the fencing for downed trees that have broken the fences that keep the cattle where they belong.

Some winters are much worse than others.

This winter we are dealing with a lot of ice and over the last two months we’ve had a total of about 12 inches of snow. We’ve expected to lose power but only had one outage early that was fixed and back on within about five hours, we were asleep during most of that.

Our next big issue is calving time which begins again on March 18th through May. We’re hoping that the bad winds, ice, below freezing temps and snow are over for the most part then or we could end up with a couple orphans like these to take care of.

This was George and Prissy born in 2015, adorable and saved during a winter ice storm on the same night.

A few more work projects coming up are fruit tree pruning, making maple syrup and opening the greenhouse (unheated), building new fence and repairing old, restocking chicks, introducing more ducks and maybe turkeys to the farm, and fixing roads that have developed deep ruts and gulleys wherever the tractor tires dig in. This is all before we start the garden!!! There are no lazy days or boredom when you’re a farmer!!!

4 thoughts on “The Work That Never Ends

  1. Colin

    Good to note that you have a “foot saver fence or whatever” between your feet with hopefully
    thick boots on and the impatiently excited hooves of the calves.
    I can assure you the exciting hoof of an expecting to be fed poddy calf HURTS on bare toes.
    I know as a 10 year old feeder of one of our poddies. Of course I was not following instructions from my father – “Make sure you have your boots on when feeding the calves”.
    Thankfully my toes survived but my backside DID NOT as it was a 43 mile black dirt road
    to the nearest hospital. There was little sympathy from my parents – ha ha.
    Boots when feeding calves was the order of the day from then on!!!!
    Cheers
    Your Aussie mate
    Colin

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  2. Jane Fritz

    As you know, Rita, I love reading about all your farming projects and responsibilities. More people should have the privilege of learning about the many challenges and rewards of farming. They are humbling lessons. I’m so glad you write about your experiences and share them. And that you’re busy staying safe! ☀️

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