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post #1 of 14 Old 04-05-2020, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Quarantine Projects

I'm working at the office a couple days a week but the rest of the time is work from home. I don't have any after school activities or sports to get my kid to so I have suddenly found a lot of free time... I was curious how many people are getting projects done and would love to see pictures. I've been cleaning my barn for almost three days. We also dug a drainage ditch, laid drain tiles, and gravel to fix the wet spots. We are getting ready to prep my ring, FINALLY for sand/foot (question on that: suggestions? Do people do blue stone, a mix of it, sand, ?)

We went to home depot today (with our gloves - on our way to the grocery store) but they didn't have the wire we needed to run electricity to the barn so we are going to order that online. I got my mulch laid and we have a quote coming back on crush and run for the driveway. I also am going to clean out the basement and the spare room (I hope).

I don't have good pictures today but may have some to post tomorrow. I'd love to see completed projects... or halfway completed?

Also - what do you do for decorations outside your barn? I had a flower bed with tulips and azaleas but it didn't last so then I had wild flowers and they crapped out, I tried sunflowers and then I weeds. Right now I have grass on either side of the doors. I want something pretty... I have a 100 gallon water tub that is leaking and if my flex seal doesn't work I was thinking about filling it with soil and planting flowers in it....

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No pics yet but...

I've enlarged & rejuvinated my vegie patch - more soil & compost in the plots I already have. Always do it at this time of year, when summer crops have finished, but I put in a couple more beds too. Most original beds I put in 2 years ago when we moved here have reservoirs under them, and the ones that didn't, I've just dug out all the dirt & lined with plastic to about 8" high before putting the dirt back, to help conserve more water. I now have my 1/4 acre plot almost as full of beds as I can fit, and seeded with winter crops & green manure.

I've just about completed(started way before this 'stay at home' bizo) a pond/reedbed system for filtering bore water, so I'll be able to use it to water the horses & garden when rainwater is lacking.

I've just drawn up the plans for a coolstore for vegies, cheese & wine storage, and a mini coolroom big enough to hang a fat lamb or such. My husband will be getting some coolroom panels on his way home from work tomoz so I can start building them.

As we sold an investment property & it settled on Friday(phew! what timing!), I've drawn up the plans to spend some spare funds(but considering the state of the world, it will sadly be put on hold until we're 'out of the woods') on building a small 2 bedroom flat for my teen kids to move out to - hope to keep them wanting to stay on the property for as long as poss!

And last but not least - a priority we will be spending money on ASAP - is research/planning into setting up batteries for our solar panel system, so we can get off the 'grid' and be self sufficient in that manner too. This is not just about want, but being rural, on (pumped) tank water, needing a powered mobile phone booster for reception, powered satellite internet, when there's a blackout, we have no water or communication, as well as all the other stuff.
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So here is where I am so far on the barn anyway. As you can see.... It was a hot mess...
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I've never been so thankful to live in the country before in my life. I'd be chewing my own arm off if I had to live in a city apartment.


That said: I have Outback to work on, Whiskey to gentle down, a chicken house to help Daughter refurb, lots of saddles to clean and refurb, flower beds that I've planted my food plants in this year instead of annuals, and...


I'm going to plant a Three Sisters Garden. I'm going to use the mound plan. I figure it worked for my Choctaw ancestors, it'll work for us.
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I'm working on flower beds now. I actually did dishes too... and my 16 year old - get this - HE CLEANED HIS ROOM!!!!

I do have to work tomorrow.

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Todays project will be.... putting electric fencing around chicken pens & bird netting for over the top.

Darcy breeds rare breed(exxy) chooks, and yesterday arvo, went down to find 2 young show quality Barnevelders missing. From 2 different pens. One has gone without trace, but they found the other one IN the shed without a head! And no feathers around anywhere, no evidence of anything... So I'm not sure it's a fox - they usually wreak carnage - maybe a feral cat. But this morn the (locked up) chooks were going off & Darcy raced down there & a large grey bird flew out of the pen. We have been getting few eggs lately, but would a hawk be likely to go into the sheds??
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No head would have me thinking Racoons. Those are mean little boogers.

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I'd be extremely surprised to find a raccoon in this realm! I'm in Aus, so feral cats, foxes, or a plurry big rat, or some kind of large hawk are the options.
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I'd be extremely surprised to find a raccoon in this realm! I'm in Aus, so feral cats, foxes, or a plurry big rat, or some kind of large hawk are the options.

Do your possums pester the poultry?




(yes, I worded it that way on purpose LOL.)
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@AtokaGhosthorse You made a word game!

Do your possums pester the poultry?
Do your possums pester the poultry?
Do your possums pester the poultry?
Do your possums pester the poultry?
Do your possums pester the poultry?

I agree - if no raccoons then a poultry pestering possum....

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