The excavators showed up today. Some of those tree stumps (like the one in the photo) are absolutely huge! It’s fun to watch them tear up the earth and pull those things out as easy as me weeding in the garden. Those operators are skilled!
We have certainly put a lot of work into cutting down trees, sawing up firewood from them, burning and chipping the brush. It has taken weeks and weeks of work from the whole family.
Although I would have put it off even longer for lack of finding the ideal fencing material, we have made our fencing decision. I will like it, but it isn’t 100% right on. We are going with board rail fencing with an electric strand across the top and another on the bottom (outside of posts). As the fence will be 54″ high, I am hoping that the hot wire will be high enough that, although it will discourage their leaning and chewing, it won’t freak them out too much when they have to get their noses into the rail. We shall see. I don’t care for the somewhat high maintenance of having to put preservative on the fencing every couple years, but as there is no “perfect” fencing for my dual application, we will just enjoy the beauty of the fencing and hope for the best!
So for this week the horses are all boarding at my friend Wendy’s farm. I know she will have fun having seven horses around her place instead of the usual three! Wednesday the fencing contractor will come and set the posts and later in the week the board rails and gates will go up.
After making two trips to get the four horses over to Wendy’s farm, Cecily, Betsy, and I spent some time after dinner taking down all the braided electric fencing we’ve used since 2008, then emptying the existing paddocks/arena of their watering troughs, the cavaletti poles and various miscellaneous buckets, feed troughs, and other things.
This is an exciting week at Aspendale Farm!