Saturday, July 8, 2017

A Bush Hog Came to Visit

We had company come to visit last week.  He arrived in this.  Scooter was not hospitable.  He barked, then ran and hid behind the bed refusing to come out and pose for a picture.  I told him his fan club would be disappointed, he did not care.   My apologies to everyone.



Batwing bush hog
He began to mow carefully since last time he was here he had a flat tire.   


This past spring was rainy and the farmers had difficulty harvesting the hay between rain storms.  We understand and are patient for our turn since it does not matter because we don't have livestock.  We don't mind being last.


Almost finished.


FINISHED...until October.


We presented him with $175.00.


People who say it is cheaper to live in the country, don't really live in the country.

8 comments:

  1. Hi Jeannie,
    I'm curious as to why you have it mowed if you don't use it.....I love the pics but am disappointed that Scooter went into self preservation mode.

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    1. Oh Sally, what a good question! If a field is not mowed, weeds and thorns takeover. It will become a solid thicket of worthless brush. You lose the grass that is good for forage (animal food) and the property value will decrease. The land becomes useless and must be cleared again. Clearing land is hard work and very expensive. You have given me an idea, I should take pictures of land that has not been mowed in a while so you can see the differences.

      As for Scooter, he said he would not go outside as long as the monster was in his yard. I told him it only looked, sounded, and smelled like he monster. He replied from behind my bed, "If it walks like a monster, sounds like a monster and smells like a monster, it IS a monster."

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  2. Landowners often act as landscape conservationists, They take care of the countryside, but do not get paid for this. As to the price for the man who did the work, - manpower, machine, fuel, time -
    I think the price is okay.
    Christel

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    1. When we first moved here we considered buying the equipment to do the work ourselves. After seeing the prices, we realized it would be better to pay another person. The man who did the mowing, told Bill he paid $100,000 for his "rig". He has another job and mows on the weekend to pay for his tractor.

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  3. No kidding! We lived in the country for most of my life. There is not much hay-chewing in a field, either, contrary to pictures of the country. We had a tractor which was considerably less expensive that that huge rig, but I think it's smart to pay someone to mow if you want to go that route, because you would have to use that tractor so many times to make up the price, even if you got a used (small) one for $15,000 or so. My husband loved his tractor so much, it was very painful to sell it, but the money was nice.

    Keeping animals, even if we butchered them, or gathered eggs, was very expensive as well. It was totally worth every penny and every second of sweat labor to us, though. That is the lifestyle we prefer. So, because I am purposefully practicing gaining contentment in the circumstances I am now in, I'm turning my yard into as productive of an area as I can, without the animals--focusing on veggies and fruit. At this time, even a few chickens are not in our plans. There just isn't any where to put them where they would have enough room so that they would not smell terribly or be crowded without taking my garden space. So, I;m ok with that for now.
    https://beckyathome.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/saving-money-weekly-update-july-9-2017/

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    1. I was hesitant about posting the price we pay for getting our field mowed for fear it sounded like I was whining. Bill said, "It is the truth. Post it." I absolutely love being out in the country. It is worth all the work. But I do wonder...you said you are "ok for now" living where you are located", I look forward to you sharing your future plans.

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  4. I can almost smell the new-mown grass!

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