Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Fencing Update Update

Well, it seems I may have somewhat of an addictive personality.  Or, as the old saying goes, if one goat pasture is good then two must be better.  No matter, it appears that I can not be trusted with post-hole diggers.  It doesn't help that my dear hubby is a fencing enabler.

Looking up the field toward our house (hidden) from the road.
Access to our farm is via a fairly long driveway from the main (I use this term loosely) road. It is located to the right side of the field in the picture and borders the steep bank.  Part of the property that borders the road (in the foreground) adjacent to our driveway is a field that is maybe an acre and is long and skinny.  It is disconnected from the rest of the farm and has not really had a purpose, other than power-line right-of-way.  We used to have a board fence along the road that connected to the gate post that effectively closed off access to our driveway.  The boards gradually began to rot so a couple of years ago we took it the rest of the way down.  I have to admit it seems a little odd to have a large gate to block entrance to our farm when a large open field provides ready access to our driveway if one is so bold as to drive though our field (and they sometimes are).

Looking down our driveway toward the road.
This field is just begging for a fence, or at least enough of a one to block entrance to the field where it borders the road.  Access to the rest of the field is adequately protected by a creek.  However, as the old saying goes," if a partially fenced field is good then a totally enclosed field must be better".  Maybe that is my saying.  Oh well.  Now the plan is to enclose a portion of the field with woven wire, install a large "gate" for access and build a small(?) goat shelter.  We have most of the wooden posts installed so we can't turn back now.

Since we are folks that like to make our hard labor accomplish more that one thing whenever possible, we subscribe to the excellent idea of multi-purposing,  where one task completed accomplishes more than one thing.  According to Shelley math, the little extra work required to enclose part of the front field will accomplish five things:
1.  Keep folks we don't want to come in - OUT,
2.  Help keep neighboring critters OUT,
3.  Give our bucks a field to graze in summer where as now they only have a small lot that is enclosed,
4.  Minimize mowing by me since the goats will help with that, and now that it is designated "pasture" and not "fairway" who cares that is not manicured. This is a farm after all.
5. Prevent me from thinking of turning it into a veggie garden (or worse yet, a gourd field - see below) again.

Yup, maybe being addicted to post-hole diggers isn't such a bad thing after all.


  1. What did you do with all your gourds?

    1. I had nearly 400 of them so I crafted a few, stored most of them in my barn loft for a few years, sold a few, and recently donated most of the rest to a friend for a craft project at her upcoming "Chickens In The Road country living retreat. I also saved a few.

  2. After reading this, what comes to mind is a cheer from high school days,
    "She got the fever, she's hot, she can't be stopped."