Since we find ourselves on what I'll generously refer to as a “gentlemans farm,” I guess it's time to report on our farming activities.
There are none.
We have no animals – no pigs, no goats, no cows, and, much to the chagrin of the children, no chickens. In fact, since the untimely demise of the beloved family dog last November, we have no domestic animals not of the species homo sapiens. We have done some limited gardening but, to date, even those activities have been fairly limited. To be fair, much of that is due to the weather rather than our will to plant, and this week saw us plant six vines which will someday be expected to result in wine grapes and a single cabbage, now tweeting as @BonnieCabbage.
No, what we have done is start the process of cleaning out the various garden beds, sweeping the driveway, and just generally straightening up the place. And here's the remarkable part – I've actually enjoyed it. I've enjoyed the slow process of sweeping up and clearing around the edging along the driveway. I've enjoyed dumping all of the leaves and other lawn detritus in a big pile off in the woods, and seeing the pile grow as the driveway and yard looked better and better.
As former city folk, our supply of outdoor tools is limited, and more suited to a smaller property (to say the very least). While the spade we found in the barn was pretty useful, the aging wheelbarrow with the flat, decomposing tire was not. That said, other than a better wheelbarrow, I've enjoyed using decidedly low-tech tools to get the job done. In fact, I do have a leaf blower given to me by my dad when we moved here, and I have yet to use it.
No, I figure the best way to work this property – for now at least – is by hand. I need the exercise and the fresh air, the walk to the barn and to the leaf pile, and even the blisters. At some point, I'll no doubt pull out the leaf blower, or succumb to the siren call of the many mechanized yard implements at Lowe's. Hopefully, when that time comes, it will be because I've moved on to other, bigger projects.