Well sometimes there is so much to do & little time or money to get things done, this has never stopped me or slowed me down though (which sometimes is a good thing)but never stopped me. Pray for what you want or need, I do all the time & let me tell you… I now have everything I have asked for, with the exception of a tractor, I’m still praying for that one still. are you hearing me still asking?!
I am doing everything by hand even without a tractor so we are not completely stuck. To get to todays story I don’t always have the money for the things we need & there have been times when the kids get frustrated at my collecting things or buying things extremely cheap from the men’s shed monthly garage sale, they know me well there now, always trying to sell me things they’ve had for a while & they have also given us things as well. I love my men’s shed sale beautiful generous people.
I am no hoarder & have a clean up every couple of years as with all the projects I have done there are left over bits & pieces, some things I keep some I don’t. We have been over the years trying to get the property growing enough fodder for the animals horses, chooks won’t get goats until we have established fodder for them, plus I have to finish their fencing.
Yesterday was a beautiful day sunny with a slight chill in the breeze at my age that’s a treat, makes for a more functional me. I gathered together my little army of tools; rakes metal & plastic & poop a scoop, chopper chainsaw, about 20 wire electric fence twists that I had cut & bent up the day before
& always a tool I cannot & will not go without my cockatoo tool. When you have to do any work on your property, in the back yard or even in the house this amazing little tool makes light work of it.
even dig out weeds
bright red handle so you can see where you put it down, is best feature of all I think.
does everything makes fencing a breeze . Put it all in our trusty wheel burrow with a flat tyre I’ll show you how I fix that without a pump in another blog no more flat tyre. Anyhoo….
Off to the top of our property, the upper East side, it is well & truly ready & beautiful & lush full of feed for the horses, native grasses mainly a few weeds but nothing major. My son & I both share the buying of horse feed equally so this fortnight instead of him buying feed I suggested he use that money to buy electric fencing as when we move the horses they wont need the extra feed not for a few weeks anyway. So he came home with wrong fencing so we all went to the produce & had a sticky beak & drool at everything then swapped tape over & came home. We couldn’t afford to buy more black electric tape clips & where I can I try to hang it off wire twists, well off the fence.
So I take a wire loop attach it to the fence however best is needed I give the loop a extra couple of twists to tighten where the black clip will eventually go.
Sorry the above picture is a little blurry but hopefully you get the jist. I have had to add a bit of wire behind as I have made my twists a bit short not realising who ever put up the fencing didn’t place the wire fencing through the holes in the posts. I will eventually replace the post with star posts, no rot or termite worries then.
I cut a split in the hose & slip it over the electric fencing then with a bit of electrical wire, kindly left on our property by the electricity guys, I tie the wire tight around the hose then go nuts with knots attaching it to the wire loop, works great & lasts a lot longer than you think.
The below picture I have used some plant tie back rubber coated wire, again this can be untwisted if I ever need to move electric tape or replace it with a black clip, if need be. So as you can see the possibilities are endless & I’m sure there are others that have even more amazinger ideas…. Please share.
Sorry again for blurry photo I do tap on image I want it depends on what my phone feels like doing. gotta love technology.
So as you can see there are many different methods, ways of going about things when you are short of funds, I am conscious of trying to make things as neat as possible as our neighbours have to look at this everyday, as do we & if I had the money to do it all “professionally” Id probably do it on the cheap anyway & pay for some body else’s fencing or food on their plates…. more so.
The tricky thing in all this is that whoever put the fencing in to start with put the star posts around the wrong way so the holes I needed are the outside of the property, I like the fact that if the local kids want to reach over and pat the horses they can, (one of my best child hood memories) hence the need for wire loops to begin with.
I had made my way almost too the halfway point of the job not realizing what time it was & why my body was shutting down I had started at 9am, I have to make sure Mums ok before I can do anything, Mums looked out for me my whole life now its my turn to look out for her, just as it should be! So 9am start & at it till 3 – 4pm; oh that’s why my body was shutting down & cramping…. no brekky worked through lunch & forgot to take water with me. My daughter being home meant I could relax a little whilst working knowing someone was looking out for Mum. I guess I got a little carried away.
I mentioned chopper the chainsaw didn’t I? I did cut up firewood & clear the fence line of branches & cleared up a large fallen tree as well as the fencing & raked & cleared part of the arena. A job halfway there & raining today so will finish off next clear moment.
Did you know that with timber posts the acid in cement can actually accelerate the erosion of the timber & you do not need to use cement at all if post are dug in properly, think about how our ancestors put up fencing & housing no cement.
Thanks reading please share any fencing ideas you might have would love to see..