Rallys and Fences

Well, here I am stuck inside while everyone else is outside moving the pigs.  I managed to “twang” my back this morning whilst feeding the chooks, its an old injury which recurs every now and then.  Hopefully I will be back on deck again in a day or two.  In the meantime it makes me feel rather unproductive, so I thought I would make use of the enforced immobility to catch up on our news.

We had our road closed one day last week when the Targa Tasmania car rally raced through the Gog range to Paradise.  We decided to watch it so took a picnic lunch down the end of our road, climbed into the paddock and saw them come over the bridge and race away up the hill.  Caleb and Kim who are our family’s car enthusiasts stayed for it all and enjoyed identifying all the cars.

I am told that this is a Porsche 924 GTS – one of only 59 in the world.

This 1958 Austin Healey Sprite stalled when coming over the bridge and the guys spent ages pulling it apart to fix it.  In the end they asked if we had any wire, so I nipped home and brought them back some fencing wire which they used to help clear a fuel line before heading back into the race.  They lost a lot of time but still finished ahead of several others.

We have had another set of visitors from Albany since I last wrote, this time Randall who I worked with at the uni and his wife.  They camped overnight in a van before heading off the next day.  I think we have more visitors here than I ever had anywhere else before – it is good fun.

It is funny how you never notice some things, at least not in any detail, until you get involved with them for yourself.  I have been taking a sudden interest in farm fences since we began to build our own.  The ones around here are all a bit intensive to my mind and I don’t recall ever seeing any quite like them in WA.

The common fence around here is like those in the picture above.  It  has posts dug in every 4 to 5 metres or so but in between there are numerous “droppers” which are usually thinner wood pieces which are not dug into the ground but just attached to the wires.  They tend to be placed about 1 metre apart.  I guess they stop the wires from separating or something – although that does not explain why you often get them on ringlock mesh fences as well.  All the advice we got from people in the local rural supply shops was to use droppers in the same way.  However when Kim read up in the manufacturers manuals they don’t suggest anything like it, so we have decided to go with their recommendations instead.  Their methods take less work, are cheaper and appeal to the intellect as well, so win out on all counts.  🙂

Accordingly we have finished putting up our first fence line.  Yay!  We have the strainer posts up for the next line now, and we are working on putting the posts in.  After that we will need to cut and de-bark more posts for the final two fence lines.  It will be really nice to actually have a whole paddock fenced!  Lydia and Josiah and myself have been doing most of the bark removal of our posts.

While Caleb and Sam have been doing the majority of the digging.  Kim is our manager, doing all the research and planning and directing our progress.  He also put on the insulators and did most of the running of the wires.

Lyd has been enjoying watching her chicks grow.  They are pretty fearless these days and will eat out of her hands quite happily – although they do not enjoy a cuddle.

Her Australorp cockerel has settled in now and is growing well.  We have still not settled on a name for him.  For the first week he was being called “Henpecked” since the others were giving him a hard time as chooks do.  However thankfully that does not suit anymore so we are trying to find something appropriate.  Any suggestions?

Well, I just went down to see the pigs installed in their new area.  Lifting the cement trough and villa over the fence took a few muscles!

The pigs seem thrilled to have a new plot to dig up and were running around hunting down delicacies when we left them to it.

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