200 year-old house on 25 rocky acres in high country upstate NY and SO many highbush blueberries!
Thursday, June 3, 2010
I came home yesterday to find all the animals exactly where they're supposed to be. I had been worried about the goats because no power was flowing through their fence, and they knew it. I guess the powerless fence worked. It got me to thinking that sometimes imaginary boundaries are the strongest ones of all.
I noticed that parts of my yard hadn't been mowed at all this season, and since I have a guest coming this weekend and another guest coming next week, I hopped to it! Wouldn't want guests thinking I've turned into a complete hillbilly! I couldn't really get to the entire 2 mowable acres in the short time I had, but I hit the worst spots. One of those bad spots was around the apple tree I'm standing under for this picture. The tree is on a hill, a few feet away from the goat fence.
I knew I had to be careful between the tree and the goat fence, but managed to get stuck anyway. So I put the goats to bed early, took the entire front side of the fence down, moved it back and mowed this area. When I went to get the fence to put it back up, I found the missing ground connection, about 15 feet away from the battery. I have NO idea how it got there, but I'm amazed I found it. It's black, and pretty much invisible unless you're looking straight at it - and I was. For the umpteenth time - luck.
Of course, it's supposed to rain on Saturday when my friend Linda will be here. I may be second-guessing my choice to cut the grass instead of vaccuming the house when we're inside playing Parcheesi. Although ... Linda's an outdoorsy type - we may do outdoor stuff anyway! She may be the one I finally entice to visit the corners of my property. After 1-1/2 years here, I've never seen them.