|Richard w/ hydraulic driver = epic|
Just face it, you’re never going to be the hero. But you get an A for effort.
Ok, I am heinously lucky & have two Epically Awesome Neighbours.
- Vanessa, professional horse trainer & former 1* long-format eventer, kind, generous, helpful, &, along with her husband, welcoming from the very start.
- Richard, professional fence-builder/bush-hogger/idea-generator/general-rescuer-in-chief. Technically retired, although he still works at LEAST as many hours as his thoughtful & entertaining wife.
I could not have built this farm without him. Because this is Richard.
|Teaching me PROPER hi-tensile wire repair|
And this is Richard.
Need a log moved so you can build your own XC jump?
He feeds my horses in the mornings when I have to travel (often) for work (to be fair, all three of us have horses & he is the end of my driveway, since the land I bought was his back pasture). He splits spring & fall farm call fees with me since we use the same vet. He stands guard as watchdog of my person & property (as well as our entire mini-community back here).
|Not. Cool. Although quite chilly.|
When I woke up this morning to 8” of fresh powder, somehow off-course from its proper destination at Whistler or, oh, I don’t know, anywhere but here (fine, it’s better than 3” of ice), I first
|Tractor w/ drag attached in nicer times|
I fire it up; it needs to run anyway, wake up the battery, circulate the fluids, & when that little workhorse Shibaura diesel warms up, I can at least grab a couple bales of hay.
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You know by now that one thing I am never short on is
|Safe from my "ideas"|
Not only can I drastically speed driveway melting (it’s 0.3 hilly miles to the road, not that the latter is ever plowed or treated either) with my mad drag skillz (my favourite feature: it has a welded frame, so you can lift it with your 3-pt hitch & avoid shredding hoses or destroying packed gravel), but I can swoop in with my
For, just yesterday, on my way home from my exotic beach conference, he’d mentioned that his tractor starter was dead. It also does not have 4x4. Thanks to me, if emergency vehicles are needed, there shall be access for all!
To be continued...