It’s still gloomy around here but that doesn’t mean that we didn’t tackle a huge job that we have had on our “to do” list for a YEAR. Yes, a year.
After taking down our barn last spring we also had the fence line taken down. It was scruffy, overgrown and full of weeds. The weeds part is an understatement. It was a jungle! Every time I would mow I would wonder what was going to jump out at me through the thick and tall reed-like weeds.
The reason for waiting to burn the four piles of fence line was because of the field right next to it. Right after taking the barn down we had planting season. And burning right next to my brother’s field just didn’t ever seem like the best idea. So we waited.
Then came harvest and a very early and cold winter with lots of rain that turned to snow. And finally it started to be somewhat like spring and we were ready to burn. We waited for a day that had potential for rain and no wind. A light sprinkle fell all day meaning it was a great day to burn and easily control the burn.
It’s funny what brings me such joy since living out in the country, but a good burn is one of them. Our entire family felt the same way.
Here’s a good before picture from last spring.
And now. It’s going to look so clean between our yard and my brother’s field. Not to mention the fact that he’s excited that our weeds along the fence line will not get into his field.
We kept all the big trees that we could so that we still have a natural boundary. But the little scruffy stuff is gone!
In other news, while outside watching the burn – I spotted where a woodpecker had invaded our smoke house. I don’t want to talk about it.
It’s still pretty brown and wintery looking around here. But spring is right around the corner and I’m feeling the hope. I can’t wait to hang flowers on our front porch and sit out there and read a book.
But despite the colorless spring so far – the sunrises have been spectacular. I am always in awe of how much of the sunrises and sunsets we’ve noticed since we’ve moved out here. I now know I could never live anywhere else where I couldn’t walk out my backdoor to a view like this.
This coming month will hopefully be a busy one with planting season and getting the yard cleaned up from the burn. I’m excited!
What plans do you have this spring?