From the Farm

Apr 21, 2011

21 April 2011


Well the leaves are starting to fall more and more.
The Tb retest was negative no problems so that's that for another 3 years.  Just makes work for us.  Smashed a gate getting them home after a big run around up and down the road.
Leah and Leo the woofers have gone but were a great help destapling concrete posts for the back fence.  We are fencing off the complete back gully and forming a large native tree and food forest.  We are using concrete posts we have on hand but they still have staples in them all bent up and cleaning them is a big job and boring so as well  Land L have been pulling manuka that forever keeps popping up.
Holiday time for the school.
Samuel went down to Marks and pressed the wool i took down last week and has been fixing fences and gates the rest of the week.  He is working for a local farmer fencing.
Ila has been doing an agriculture course with the school.  Beate has been running her in and out as there has been no school bus.  This is a great help to Ruth as she is always working on something.
Have been collecting chestnuts and having them every night with tea.  We hope to get some more in the week for the market see how time goes.
I went down to Palmerston North and picked up grain.
Our old farm pump has been playing up, its a Davies 300 and over the years i have totally replaced it 3 times, maybe more, in pieces.  I think i have replaced it again this week
after 3 days of bleeding changing this and that.  It would pump for maybe 4 hours and stop, get it going and maybe push water for half hour then stop.  Yesterday i found the uptake pipe had a small split about a yard above the foot valve, it would seal for hours and then let go and seal again.  I was lucky when i pulled it up from the well and saw a small bubble out the side of the pipe.  So after 3 days we are pumping again.
See ya in a week
John

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