Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Putting in the Circular Driveway

Doesn't circular driveway just sound extravagant?  I think it does, and by mountaintop standards our new circular driveway is pretty fancy.  We headed into the woods again this morning to clear some more land.  I stood and looked at the piles of firewood that we are accumulating and dreaded the idea of carrying it all up to the road to our trailer to haul it to the house.  I decided that since we want to clear most of this land anyway that it would make the most sense to go ahead and clear a drivable path into the woods so that we can easily haul out the wood and leaves, or haul things in when we need to.

The pictures didn't come out all that great because of the time of day and the sun, but we got a path into and out of the woods done today....
Going in

Coming out.

Our growing burn piles.
 The burn pile is right between these two pathways.  We only got a little rain yesterday, so it is still to dry to burn.  When we had a pad for our house bulldozed we had some extra time left that we had already paid for, so we had this section kinda of bulldozed with what time was left.  We want to get enough trees cut down to make this area sunny enough to plant a garden in.  There is a lot of work to be done here.  The tree stumps and roots need to be removed, but over time I think we can do it.

Our growing pile of a future cordwood building.
 This is our goat Picky.  I sold the other buck that we had.  I never intended to keep either of them, and he was getting rather aggressive.  Picky is a runt and Einstein took care of him when he was a baby and at times it was touch-and-go if he was going to make it or not, now the two of them are quite bonded to each other.  Picky was always a friendly goat, but now that the other goat is gone he is even more apt to follow us around. 

Today's work crew

 More of the clearing....again, these pictures are terrible.  It looks really great down there and it is going to be amazing to be able to use this land.  As we worked I could see the kids playing in the woods, the future spot for a chicken coop and goat house, a garden, maybe even a nice place to just sit and relax. 

 This work is hard and not as invigorating the second day as it is the first.  Some of the new crew members today need to be told to hustle up - they drag their feet and take their time.  They fight what needs to be done and I remind myself that this job of raising them and teaching them the value of work, that the truth in the statement: you get out of life what you put into it - takes diligence and patience on my part, and maturity on their part.  Life on the mountaintop is slow and often times there is little that I can do to rush things along, including this life lesson that these sons are now learning.  I imagine that this mountaintop will provide ample opportunity for this lesson, and many more, and by the time they leave it they will understand these truths in a deep way.

We moved the chicken coop and the goat house up by the mobiles.  We thought that they would be safer if they were closer to the house.  Several months ago we got a Great Pyrenees dog (we named her Blanco), they are also known as guardian dogs, because they have a natural instinct to watch over livestock.  This is our first dog that we have not let into the house.  I wanted her to stay outside at night to do her job of watching over things.  She sleeps by the mobiles, so it wasn't doing much good having the chicken coop and goat house far away.  Since Halloween night we have lost all but two of our ducks and a couple of chickens, and I can't help but to wonder if the coop was closer to the house and Blanco was there to watch over them if they would still be here. 

Moving the chicken coop and goat house provided some nice garden fertilizer.