Life on the farm isn’t all about the horses.
Along with my paddocks and caring for the equines I also have been quite busy with a few other things.
Another night we had some friends over and we had our first bonfire. We got rid of a lot of the cardboard moving boxes once and for all.
Most of the gardens were planted when we moved in but I purchased a few and added them to our home. Some in the garden and others in pots. We also purchased a bunch of black mulch and we’re working on adding that to the gardens and around the trees.
I found these two old picnic tables on facebook. For $90 I bought both along with 8 resin chairs and had it all delivered. Ace hardware had a cheap electric pressure washer for sale for $69 and a great deal on some solid color deck stain. I washed, sanded, and stained the tables one week.
Pool and Deck
I’ve never had a pool before but I was determined to get it going. We have a diatomaceous earth filter by Hayward and a chlorine-free pool. Instead of chlorine we use a hydrogen peroxide shock with a sanitizer solution. We filled the pool an hour at a time with the hose. When it was finally at the right level we gave it a go. I measured the pH, alkalinity, and sanitizer level and by Wednesday last week I jumped in. It’s so lovely!
You might notice in the above photo the deck looks a little old. I pressure washed it and gave it a fresh coat of decking stain (the same as the tables).
For the past 3 or 4 weeks three of our neighbors have been helping us mow the lawn while we figure out our next steps. We still needed to fire up the tractor and get a lawnmower.
We bought a 50″ Cub Cadet and my wonderful aunt and uncle came out to help fire up the old ’65 Massey Ferguson. Zac mowed the lawn Sunday afternoon.
Memorial Day I bought a simple American flag at Home Depot and finally put our flagpole to some good use.