After breakfast it was outside to repair the post I had bumped with the tractor a couple days ago. When we got our first cow, I put up fences like the guy that gave us the cow. I did not know any better and I failed to open my eyes to what other people were doing with electric fencing. I put up fencing the same way when we first got this farm. It did not take long for me to realize how wrong that was. I would pound in the T stakes, put on the insulators and start putting up wire. The way I put up the wire was to start at a corner and wrap the wire around the insulator, move to the next post, pull the wire as tight as I could and wrap again and go on down the line. After about one year I took all the wire down. I put up thicker wire with in line tensioners and springs. That has worked much better. However I still failed to realize that no matter how strong the corner posts seemed, when it rains enough to really soak the ground, the tension on the wire will pull the post inwards. Some of my corner post have braces, I still need to finish that job.
I got the two posts that are holding the Martin gourds braced and straightened. When I held the new gourds in my hand, they were pretty light. After four coats of paint, wire hangers and the 1/8 inch cable they were pretty heavy. The Martin gourds are up and awaiting the scouts.
My beautiful wife gave me a haircut today. She has been cutting my hair, and doing a great job, for 13 years now.
I finished up the day weeding the blueberry bushes.