The barn raising is Saturday, so in the meantime, I’m attending to some other related things that need to be done, but that won’t get in the way of the ladders, braces, and people that will need to be in and around the structure in order to get the rafters in the air. So, I’ve been done smaller projects like building out the next boxes for the chicken coop, teaching my wife how to stack the rafters, etc.
Another big project that needs doing is the paddock, the holding and working area for the goats just outside the barn. I was planning on purchasing premade treated posts to hold up the 48” wire fence, but a check with my CFO showed that the reserve expense account was running low, the unfortunate victim of an earlier refrigerator failure and a ruined carpet due to a water leak this past Spring. So, it was back to the woods:
These are some of the fence poles cut to length, peeled at the bottom, and treated with Green Coat wood preserative. While this was more work thatn premade poles (and about three times as heavy), it was also free and follows the from-the-land concept that has guided the rest of the prject. So, it’s all good.
And now, on to the ugly chore of hacked out fence lines through the underbrush:
Is there any wonder why I need goats??