Late July on the farm means that first cutting is done and second hasn't started at least not in such a dry year as this. The crops don't need us to grow and the gardens are pretty well caught up. The cattle grow without supervision and the chickens and pigs know what they are doing. Seems like it would be time for the farmers to be taking a much needed break, right? Wrong! There is always something that needs to be done on a farm and work is only work if you look at it that way. We have our own pace and our own way of doing things that just makes them go a little bit easier.
There is some old fence line that runs along the woods that has been in need of attention for awhile. For the past few weeks Doug, Ian, and Matthew have been clearing the underbrush and trees along the fence in preparation for building new fence. Now that it has been cleared Ian rented a post pounder yesterday and went to work driving new posts in for the fence. That can be some long hard work, if you look at it that way. But he doesn't, he looks at it as a labor of love and he is never alone on the job. When he got the truck stuck Melissa went out and helped him pull it out then spent some time out there to keep him company while he worked. When his father got off work he went right out to help drive posts. After supper was fixed I packed it up and took it out for an impromptu picinic. What could be more pleasant than sitting on the back of the trailer in a nice evening breeze while eating mac and cheese and zucchini cake?
The view isn't too shabby either. The sun had just gone behind the trees and the breeze was fresh. Nice night to have a picnic and finish up putting in fence posts.
The sun on the hay field was beautiful too. There is nothing more satisfying than to look out and see what God has provided for our livelihood right around us.
Of course once the food is eaten and the mess is cleaned up it's back to work.