Saturday

making-a-ditch

Saturday my husband leaves for Macon, Georgia, to help our son move back home.  This is a good thing for us, but it will entail lots of hours of driving.  While he is gone I will be responsible for changing the water, feeding the animals, and keeping wood in the fire. (Maybe it will warm up and I won’t have to worry about that part.)

I have a few more step 7 photos, but I need to take them first.  Then Step 7 will be complete.  Irrigation lasts until October, but setting the water up for the first time, takes lots of work.

 

dirt-ditch

We still have a few dirt ditches, which have to be cleaned out every spring and when they sand up, cleaned out again and again, until the water is turned off.

And we water our pasture out of an earth ditch. 

One thing about farming, you get to use big equipment. 

earth-ditch

Here is how the gates are opened from one ditch to another on our place.

gate

The orange dam is how the water is stopped from going down another ditch.  (The ditch you aren’t using at the moment.) 

21 thoughts on “Saturday

  1. I finally got a chance to read about step seven! I find it all interesting. I hope you have an uneventful weekend since you are batching it. Your way of irrigation is certainly alot of work..and I am sure most people don’t realize what all is involved. It is quite a process. Thanks for sharing all about your life on the farm! 🙂

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  2. I’d love to drive some of that heavy machinery and playing with water, but I guess the fun stops when it becomes a job. Our friend Colin must have sent you the recipe for russian salad. I’m not sure if you can buy Thomy products in the US. It’s a Nestle product.

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  3. Good luck to you and your husband while getting your son out there with you. I will keep your husband and son in our prayers for safe travel. Wish you were coming too and we could hook up… but I know it wouldn’t be a good time even if you were coming! Some day… some day we will get out there and I am coming for a personal chat! :0)
    Take care, and be safe while he is gone!

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  4. Linda,
    I am really enjoying your irrigation photos – it’s so interesting. We have nothing like that here 🙂

    Hope the trip south is uneventful as well as the return trip home.

    Hoping you get warm, sunny weather.

    Have a great weekend 🙂

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  5. my parents irrigate their 1 acre grass yard – as kids we were in charge of switching gates, which area was getting water – and then we’d play in it! mom hated it when we came in – we’d smell like dead fish. Thanks for doing all the steps, i am sure learning a lot. 🙂

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  6. How about that…Jim is leaving Saturday (today) to go to TN to pick up our son who is also moving home 🙂

    Glad to know that irrigation lasts until October. Definitely a lot of work!

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  7. Good Luck on accomplishing your tasks and congrats on your son moving back. That is a wonderful thing. I would love to live closer to my family than I do right now, but I want to be closer to Dustin’s family too. Unfortunately I see now way of accomplishing this.
    Maybe we will just get rich and shameless and then we can fly around to see everyone when ever we want. 🙂

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  8. nothing like the DH being gone to discover what an “independent bone” you really have to git ‘r all done.. Hope your weather cooperates.. i know that one! 🙂

    phil 4:13
    gp

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  9. So much work you have to get water, farming seems so much easier in our country. We have enough rain, so no irrigation nescessary. I will think twice before complaining again when it’s raining day after day…

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  10. I have been thinking about you every day because I knew your husband was leaving. I will keep you and your family in my prayers as they are on the road. I hope everything goes well on the farm while they are away and I hope you aren’t getting that Denver snow storm.

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  11. Glad your son is coming home and can be another hand around the home. Hope everything goes well. Ya’ll are so skilled.

    I have relatives in Macon. They were a branch of the family that originally lived in Jackson, MI and then almost all of them moved down to Macon. My sister for a time thought her husband was going to be stationed near Macon but they sent him to Colorado and they’ve lived there ever since.

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  12. Congrats on your son coming home and positive vibes sent their way during their drive. I was getting ready to ask if you were enjoying all the rain – we’ve had quite a bit and we really, really need it

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