Moving Forward—Thursday, June 4, 2015

StartWe’ve been making siphon tubes.  Seems like this is something we must do every year.  Although the pvc pipe is really sturdy, it does wear out…cracking or splitting, even just plain breaking off at the end.

Oven

We first heat up a PVC pipe, which has been cut to length, in our handy-dandy oven.  It’s my job to turn the tubes until the heat softens them.

Making-T-done

Once soften (they fall down in the oven all warm and pliable), Terry  picks them up quickly and puts them in his hand made siphon tube form.  I showed you this same photo last Friday…Boomer watching.  He is never sure if he should just watch or if we have something for him to do. 🙂

Over and over again we heat, shape and stack. Then when cool and hard  we take them out to the fields…new tubes YAY!  No more packing tubes from one set to another—just pick up a tube, fill with water, set down and done!

We have 30 more to go.  Since we are doing this for ourselves we work at it off and on; a little today maybe some more in a couple of days.  The last set of 30 is sitting out there waiting for us.  Once we get those done we will have all we need for the rest of the farming season.

12The weather is still nice and hot with a rather strong wind in the afternoons, but the weather people are saying this is about to change.  A cold front with heavy moisture is to hit the Four-Corners area this evening then head our way by the week end.  That’s okay…a little cool down is good for the plants and for ME!  🙂

The cold front will be fast moving (unless it stalls) so we should be able to cut the alfalfa next Wednesday.  That’s the plan anyway.

Have a good one everyone…I’m off to mow the lawn!

Your friend on a Western Colorado Farm,

Linda

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36 thoughts on “Moving Forward—Thursday, June 4, 2015

  1. Well done on the clear description of the methods used with these water tubes.
    You do a good job. Thus the great satisfaction when all is complete
    and the rest is in the ‘hands of the fickle weather gods”.
    Cheers
    Colin (Brisbane. Australia)
    PS: You don’t need a noisy crow colony of about 50 of them
    for waking up purposes, do you?
    Why don’t crows suffer from acute laryngitis??

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  2. You always have another piece of work to do! So the ‘making’ part is to get them in the right curve for what you want? I’d love to see them in situ as this is a bit of a puzzle to me.

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