Carol and Melva were gone for a few days so I took care of the animals. Walked the dogs, and the red cat Poppy. He’s funny, this cat, who is Dizzy’s father, (and fixed now). He just loves to go with us on a walk. He reminds me of my red cat Hjalmar that I had in the past. He would also go for a walk with me and the dog. Must be something with red cats. Hahaha
All horses were doing great. They were grooming each other a lot and sometimes that was really funny. When Flicka was grooming Lacy, she looked up to me and her mouth and nose were all white from the fur of Lacy. Hahaha! Also Little Mystic tried to groom with Sugar, who is a big horse. It is just so funny to see how they still manage to groom each other.
When I got at Carols place in the early morning, the yard was full of bird sounds. The Woodpeckers were very loud. It was like a drummer of a band, playing a very different kind of rhythm on many drums. It was awesome!
When I came home again, Paul was asleep so I went to the acreage. After my coffee on the deck, enjoying the bird sounds at my yard, I went to work. I wanted to put back the battery in the little tractor, so I could harrow the big pasture. I borrowed the little harrow of Carol. But I made a mistake with connecting the battery and now the tractor doesn’t start. Hm. I think I ruined the tractor. I also noticed a flat back tire. So that was it for using the tractor. I still wanted to harrow the big pasture and thought I would use the truck. I only have one big gate where the truck fits through, and that was at the end of the big pasture, near the entrance of the driveway which is around 1 km of the cabin. I put Scruffy in the truck and drove to the gate, opened it and drove into the pasture. I drove to the fence of the little pasture and then dragged the harrow, that I had put in the little pasture, by hand to the truck. I forgot my work gloves so it was tricky but I got it done. I chained the harrow to the truck and started harrowing. Driving very slowly but not too slow. It worked great! I was half way done, when I thought I would turn and go the opposite way for a while. Wish I didn’t had done that. I turned, and suddenly the truck stopped and I couldn’t get it going anymore. I unhooked the harrow, and tried again, but nope. Wheels were just turning deeper in the sand. I started digging the sand away from the back wheels. It seemed my 4 wheel drive did not kick in again. After an half hour of trying I quit. I didn’t want to get too deep in the sand.
I started walking back to the cabin, thinking that Scruffy would follow me. She did for a bit, then disappeared. I thought she would come later to the yard but she didn’t. I was calling her and calling her, but nothing. Ok, why not. Tractor broke down, truck got stuck and dog gone. 3 bad things for today, right? In the cabin, I called a few people that live around, but of course with this beautiful weather everybody was out. It was getting very warm, with around 24 C. I took some water and walked back to the truck to see where Scruffy was. And there she was, laying in the shade next to the truck. What a dog. Hahaha. She was like, you don’t go anywhere without the truck so I just wait here. I gave her some water as she was very thirsty. Then I put her on a leash and took her back to the cabin. Once in the cabin, she ate some lunch, drank more water and then laid down on her blanket to sleep. She was exhausted!
I had to call the roadside assistance now. I texted Paul to ask him to text me the land description. The grid roads don’t have a number or name here. Paul did and I called the road assistance. I got connected with the guy who would come to pull me out and I explained him how to drive to my place. In an hour he would be there. Mean time I noticed my neighbour was working at the new driveway, cutting more trees down. So much wood! I walked down to see him and we talked for a while. He told me that this wood of the cut down trees would have to cure for 2 summers before I could use it safely in the wood stove. He also showed me the best way to stack the cut down pieces. We talked about the area, and about wild life. He didn’t see any bears yet, and neither did I. But they are out there for sure. LOL
After our talk I walked back to the cabin, just to notice the tow truck would be there already, so I walked back again to the truck. Wow. I had done SO much walking. The tow truck arrived a few minutes after I got back to the truck. Great timing! He put the tow truck sideways on my driveway, and a cable over the fence got attached to the front of the truck. A little pull, and the truck was out of the rut of sand. It didn’t take more then 1 minute. I really need to get a winch myself, so I don’t have to call them. Hahaha. I drove the truck out of the pasture, very happy I got my truck back to work. Earlier I had put the harrow already in the back of the truck. No harrowing for a while so that will go back to Carols. I thanked the tow people and drove back to the cabin.
After a break, I worked in the gardens for a bit. Scruffy was all rested and went outside with me, to lay in the shade of the cabin. Carol had give me a bale of straw. I opened this bale and started to spread it out over all the gardens. Then I put in old leafs I still had and mixed everything up. The forecast says we will get rain on Thursday. It will help to keep it all in the gardens, and hopefully we won’t get 50 km per hour winds before then. Hahaha.
Last weekend Paul went to the cabin with his friends to have a little party. The next morning they put the huge rain water barrels in the back of the cabin for me. Thanks boys! Very happy with your help. It still need to be set up right and levelled. They are so big and not easy to manoeuvre by yourself. They put them on pallets for now. I maybe change that. I have heavy pieces of wood that probably are better to hold full water barrels. They look really cool though. Like huge flower pots. Hahaha! My friend Rovena said I should put in huge plastic flowers. (we saw really big ones one time in a store) Maybe I will. That would be so funny!