Way back there, I promised a next post with deep meaningful philosophical delvings.
I lied. Ok, didn't lie, I missthought myself. (If you can misspeak, why can't you missthink?) I thought I could, but my thinker didn't, and is going to stay there for awhile.
My reasons for temporarily abandoning the deep post- good questions and good speculations require full mentational power; right now mine are, perforce, focused elsewhere on two farm urgencies (on top of all the normal stuff.)
1) We bought a new tractor. It's due any minute; I'm writing this waiting for the freight trucker to call on his cell phone and say "I'm 5 minutes away".
Stuff hardly gets more exciting than a new tractor, right?
Particularly this one, I think. It's not a John Deere (already have one) - it's a Grillo.
Walking tractor. With a 7.5 horse Yanmar diesel engine. You can google them; I don't want to provide links here and have people wondering if I'm cahooting around.
There's a ton of Sussy (thank you Sara!) stuff to say about this walking tractor- a whole post's worth, at least. We'll get there. Major points- this is the machine we need. Primary use will be mowing, with a sickle bar, for access to tree crops for harvest. There are LOTS of other potentials; you can even get a serious hay baler for this thing. And it's a diesel. I can actually grow my own fuel for it- which is no longer trivial or ludicrous.
Very inciting, as Rudyard Kipling put it.
2) We've pretty much decided we're going to build a dugout sod chicken coop. Quick. We're still picking 6 ticks a day, per person, off each other, and 20 off Bruce. Insane. So we need the guineas. They need lodgings. We really need them to start chasing ticks in April- which means we've got to keep adults over winter. It's cold here. And, we're broke. so...
Digging around on the net, the amount of hard info on soddy construction is slim- but not non existent. Two things are obvious- it's a pretty forgiving technology; and if they're well made, and the roof maintained- they easily last 100 years.
So. The tractor is shipped disassembled. Gotta put it together, and not screw up. And the chicken cellar needs to be designed. Carefully, and thoughtfully.