Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Planting Posts!

Labor, even the most humble and most obscure,
if it is well done,
tends to embellish the world.
                           Gabriele D’Annunzio


 I pull the gloves off; they are too big and realize that I should have grabbed mine before I left the house to bring My Hero his lunch. He shouts down from the seat in the Backhoe “I can hook it up you don’t have too” I know he is getting tired from crawling in an out of that machine and I know this is something I can stop him from doing with this simple task, a task I have done many times before. I shout back over the sound of the roaring engine of the Backhoe; stay where you are I can do it.


It is hard to believe that just yesterday I was sitting in the truck with my knitting watching the rain come down and today I am in the bush and it is an absolutely gorgeous day. I have already walked through the bush taking my time while snapping photos and breathing in the crisp fresh air, the leaves do not crunch as they are soaking wet and stuck to my boots. I make my way back to where I started and see a tired looking man who has been working back here for hours, I watch as he yet again climbs out of a fresh dug deep hole and then scrambles back into the Backhoe to lift the pole and drop it into that hole for the new boundary fence. It is looking so good and all his hard work is paying off. The pole swings in the air wrapped in a chain and he drops it into that hole. I walk up and signal him to come sit awhile and eat. 


He smiles and I can see his twinkling eyes are showing that exhaustion I have seen many times before. He climbs down and we find a stump and a rock to sit while drinking tea, munching on sandwiches and we talk about how things are going. I tell him he is doing an incredible job and thirty years from now it will still be here but I may not really care and we both laugh.


I slip those gloves back on and wrap the chain around the hydro pole then quickly hurry out of the way. My Hero lifts the hoe, the chain holds and I smile knowing it is true you never forget those little things you learn. The pole swings dangerously back and forth for a minute then it drops into the hole. I am standing behind a beautiful century old Maple safe and sound. We drop two more of those poles into the holes and he pushes the dirt and an assortment of rocks back into the hole where they came from. The poles are secure and will be ready for that fence building that will probably have to wait till the Spring now as the Winter snows will be coming soon.


There is finally only one more pole to plant and I watch as he starts digging out another hole, it is not in perfect line with the fence line because we do not want to cut down a Maple tree a century old, but more than likely a couple of centuries old beauty, it is huge so he works around it. We love those trees and try to protect them the best way we know how. We have planted so many trees in fence lines all around the farm in our 35 years here and hope the next generation will be as thoughtful to our trees.


I decide to go and sit in the tractor to watch the digging of that last hole of the day, the last hole for at least today there are many more to be planted, meaning many more weekends to come at least till the snow buries the bush in lovely whiteness. I stare in the rear view mirror and see what has already been accomplished and smile. Nice work I think to myself. I look out the front windshield and watch as My Hero hops out of the Backhoe and wraps the chain around that last pole and I do not climb down to give him a hand. I sit in this comfortable tractor seat. I watch him climb back in the Backhoe and the pole swings dangerously back and forth for a moment then drops in the hole. The last post is now waiting to be surrounded by the earth. I watch as the bucket of the Backhoe slides across the ground making it look so easy.

 I am too exhausted to pull out my camera. I love it back here.


Later.

53 comments:

  1. It sounds like a good day of hard work and a job well done!

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  2. Nothing more rewarding than a hard days work.

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  3. Hard Working post!! nice photos..

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  4. Wears me out just reading about it ;)
    Sounds like a hard days work!
    At least it is work that is outside!

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  5. Buttons the two of you never fail to amaze me the amount of work you get through. Thanks once again for sharing a day in the life of........ xx

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  6. He has been busy back there....

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  7. You two work together with such love and admiration.
    It is an awesome thing your love and the teamwork that you share. Working and loving your land , I so understand.
    It never fails to give me a great feeling in my heart.
    Hugs,
    Willow

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  8. Love the story - Love the Photos - But, MY oh My - the two of you work so hard . . . It sounds satisfying, good, honest . . . But . . hard . .

    Love & Love to YOU!!!

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  9. A hard days work on the farm, well done. That's sweet of you both to leave the old tree there, that's nice especially if it's a solid old tree with many years left.
    Hugs M xox

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  10. like a well oiled machine, you and your husband work together, such a beautiful post!

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  11. You and your hero make such a sweet pair. I love how you two care so much for one another. Glad you had a good day out in nature. :)

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  12. Planting posts! That vital first step in a good fence! It is not easy work! You have both earned a long tea break!

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  13. I love that you work your fence around the old maples. xoxo

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  14. Mornin' B. Hope you today is just as wonderful.

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  15. I love the way you and your Hero work together. I hope your work will stand for generations to come.

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  16. Isn't nature wonderful. I just got in from the woods...sitting in the deer stand...only to see a couple of squirrels...drinking in all the beauty on this cold, misty morning. Nice of you to help your Hero. I help my Shug whenever I can. We're tough girls!!!

    Cindy Bee

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  17. lot's of hard work and a view backward = one great day!!

    many thanks, from the maple tree ;)

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  18. Oh be that time of the year. We are mending fences right now as well.

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  19. You live in a gorgeous area! And it seems you are quite busy with hard work. :)

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  20. A hard day's work like that should have earned you a slice of pie!!

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  21. Hard work= great satisfaction. As Optimistic said above, go get yourself that piece of pie!

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  22. That's a nice looking line of posts...good job "Hero" and Buttons! What a lot of work, but oh so worth it!

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  23. A hard day's work B, but what a sense of accomplishment you two must have at the end of the day!

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  24. More that's hard work. I remember when we did our fences. My back gave out.

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  25. Wow! I had no idea y'all had been on the farm 35years together! Impressive. I was under the impression you had been there only a few years.

    Great story and lots of hard work for you two.

    Vic303

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  26. The work that you and your husband are toiling at today, will stand for generations, hard, and difficult as it is.

    With the lives that most of us lead of easy times, and soft landings we forget, or maybe just never knew, how hard farming really is. We need to appreciate farmers more.

    I've seen my BIL work on the farm, and at the end of the day, he too is exhausted. My family on both sides comes from farming stock, and now I realize just how easily I have forgotten the physical aspect of the the work.

    The next time I hold a potato in my hand, or wash a carrot, break a egg in the bowl, I will say a silent thank you.

    Jen

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  27. I to love working outside on a nice fresh sunny fall day . Lot d of hard work but stopping for a picnic out there sounds good to me ,don't you find things taste better when outside ? I do lol ! Wonderful post and photos ! It is like a spring day here today strangely warm with sunshine bugs are still out and about even after the cold days and nights we have had ! Thanks for sharing ! Have a good week !

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  28. That is hard work, and you're accomplishing such beautiful work, too. After hard work like that, it's a good feeling of tired, isn't it?

    That's wonderful that you are taking into account the trees.

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  29. ive been sent on mission by someone...
    WILL YOU PLEASE WRITE A BOOK - WE ALL WILL BUY IT!!!!!!!


    okay. now onto Christmas presents for your Hero...how about a passport? ;P

    xoxox

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  30. I can tell you love it out there! It's funny because David and I were talking about how people with cows always have to repair or build fences, and I thought of you! :)

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  31. That's quite the machine -- one Shane would love to have I'm sure. :)

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  32. B,

    I like what GoWestFeralWoman had to say. A book, how cool would this be? You already have all of your blogger friends hooked on your posts and pictures.

    I love how the two of you work together, it's like a sweet ballet.

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  33. Love the rural life! Hard work is good for the soul. Now put your feet up and knit something! Aloha

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  34. A book! A book! I'd definitely buy it!

    A song of the bush by our lovely Buttons; what a joy that would be.

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  35. Good, hard work in a peaceful setting. It looks lovely back there.

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  36. Country life ain't for sissies, is it?

    You two are inspiring. : )

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  37. You have lots of hard of work on your property, great that both of you have lots of energy to do this. Great images!

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  38. I'd say you earned double dessert. My son would love to hang out with you.

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  39. That is a lot of work!!! The last image is my favourite!!!

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  40. Good job on the fence building AND the photos and post! That fence will be there long after most of us are gone. :)
    P.S. Love Feral's new shirt!

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  41. Just another day on the farm, planting. :) I'm glad you respect the old trees. What treasures they are. The fence line is looking good!

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  42. Wow that looks like hard work for sure. I think it's so sweet you worked along with your "hero" by helping him any way that you could. I loved that you had a picnic together as well and that you worked around the beautiful Maple tree.

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  43. Such a lovely story of hard work and companionship doing something that will outlast the best of us! So sweet that you protect your old trees, too. We feel the same here... Hugs xoxo

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  44. I know how hard that work is. We have an entire farm that needs to be re-fenced, but until my dh retires, it will have to hold as it is. Beautiful photos, and I can see your love for you husband shine through your words!

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  45. Miss B,
    Am I understanding right, you are removing trees so you can build a fence?

    Fencing is enough work. Making a path so you can built the fence makes for a lot of work.

    After the Atlas Blizzard we are going to earn our stripes at rebuilding fence next spring.

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  46. Sounds tiring! He is a Hero indeed.

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  47. A fencing we will go.. Some how fencing is very satisfing work. Sometime hard to take photos when you are busy working as well. HOpe you get done before the snow flies.

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