|The barn with 2 strands up. The tall posts are for the gate, and the building you can just see on the right is the 3-sided hay shed.|
|My little barn needs gutters. There is ice blocking my person door. And the big door is iced in as well. So, a bit more work before the horses can come!|
The snow is over my knees, but a significant January thaw (including rain!) made for a pretty tough crust, now covered by about 4 inches of fluffy new snow. I was able to walk on the crust probably at least 75% of the time I was working out there today, but the other 25% consisted of breaking through unexpectedly, often while walking backwards unrolling a spool of poly tape. Between that, and the repetitive kneeling/standing/kneeling at each post, and the pounding/screwing of insulators, I'm pretty tired tonight! I got the lower and middle "rails" done, and started on the top - before I ran out of screws, daylight, and energy.
|Just getting ready to begin - a line of posts without any fencing. And Birch, "helping."|
I need a few additional supplies, but I hope to get the fence completed tomorrow (except for a gate, which I haven't purchased yet) if I can find the supplies locally. In the tiny town of Eagle River, we do not (yet!) have a farm-type store, and the local hardware store only stocked T-post insulators and supplies last time I was there - so I may have to hunt around to find the few things I need.
|A new insulator on the left, and an old broken one I had to replace, with the too-short screw.|
|Don't fool yourself into thinking I was working with gloves on - no chance! My fingers/hands/wrists are so fatigued, I don't think I could open or close another insulator right now.|
|The plow bank in front of the gate area.|
|A little bit is actually done!|