On January third, Tom saved this trailer from the scrapper and brought it home.
And today we brought it to my brother in Cle Elum.
We had an incident where the back window opened and was flopping around. And then it drew quite a crowd at Snoqualmie Summit during a bathroom break.
Of course, the exit were going to take was closed. http://kimatv.com/news/local/gallery/rolled-over-tanker-spills-7000-gallons-of-liquid-asphalt-near-cle-elum#photo-1
But we made it. Their cat Buddy was interested in the new arrival.
Tom and Greg got it into place. Here is its new home where it will be renovated.
Of course, we had to stop by Owens Meats to pick up some steaks for dinner before braving a thunderstorm and traffic to get home.
It is the time of year to buy sunscreen, especially for redheads. Of course, the two sunscreens I determined in 2015 that do not destroy our clothing are no longer easily available. So I had to start again. I bought the below sunscreen, hoping it would be OK. I blobbed some on my shirt, inside the O, as above.
And it is a winner. After washing and drying, I cannot tell any change inside the O. It is white when you put it on your skin, but if you rub it in, and then it is fine. It is not too oily and so far does not sting my eyes. So this will be the sunscreen for the summer.
We have been tilling our middle back field. We are trying to get rid of the swamp grass and plant pasture mix grass to increase our grass production. I love doing tractor work. I get to watch the animals, both the domesticated/non-native critters and the wild/native ones.
Here is the swamp grass we are trying to get rid of.
And here is the next pasture that we tilled and repainted two years ago, and it is still doing great with very minimal swamp grass.
I noticed that the blackbirds and robins really enjoyed my tilling.
robin and blackbird
The swallows real liked it too. I think I was stirring up some bugs for them.
The field rodents did not like it. I was disrupting their home.
It gave me time to think too. I was thinking about how I am destroying presumably native/wild grass and replacing it with non-native/domesticated grass to increase feed production. And using petroleum (in this case diesel) to do this. This is the essence of agriculture. There are way too many people to survive with hunter/gatherer food collection. But modern agriculture is not sustainable. Eventually this system will collapse. But in the meantime, I am supplying some food and fiber to ourselves, family, friends, neighbors and even internet strangers with our little farm. And we are providing food for our domesticated and wild critters.
my view while contemplating
After four days of work, the tenacious swamp grass is tilled. We just need one more quicker tilling, and we can replant.