Renter and I toured the area in his mule yesterday.
He’s been a one gallon sprayer to spray a couple of acres of poison ivy and a couple of other invasive plants. He was proud of the work he’s done, and probably should be because it is a herculean task he has picked out for himself.
I don’t think he has much of a chance to impact the natural growth. None at all.
Then we were off to the back side of his home place. We repaired some fence the deer had damaged, crossed the hedge row and the dam top and I was impressed at the work the single man fence building crew had put in for him.
A half mile of red-tipped five strand barbed wire, a bulldozing job that opened up several acres to grass and an impressive pile of ash, hedge and cedar trees uprooted and windrowed.
There were several gullies that the fencer had to build double to take in account the terrain.
Then Renter told me how much it cost and I was very amazed. Renter saw that guy coming from a long way away.
The fencer is a full time school teacher and likes to build fence in the summer times. It takes all kinds to make the world, but, man, most of us hate fencing and this Dude did a yeoman’s work for the price he gave away.
Then it was searching for Renters cattle –which had found a shady nook about five feet above the running creek. Of course they were on the opposite side from us. But we got there and feed them some range cubes.
Renter has his herd down from the twenties to about twelve. He told me that as he nears retirement in his day job he’s slowing down and these cattle are about all he can handle comfortably.
He has been very, very careful in keeping only quality. If the cows don’t produce calves, he gets rid of them. His herd is a very nice bunch of cows and his bull is a quality animal.
We also toured some of the water line project. It was a good thing the day was sunny because that was a gloomy procedure. That crew is interested in getting the pipe into the ground and we found several open pits the crew hadn’t back fill nor even marked.
We did have a car, during the recent rains, drive into one of those pits when it filled up and looked like the wet road from any angle. No injuries, except for the vehicle.
From the reaches,