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Motor City Homestead » Blog Archive » Canada, Day 2

Canada, Day 2

Lucy was up bright and early on Friday morning.  I think the sun rises earlier up there - because by 5:00AM sunlight was streaming through the windows.  Lucy and Amy were up and about, while I slumbered, blissfully unaware of the legion of mosquitoes munching on every inch of exposed skin.  Amy came in and shook me just before 6:00AM and whispered, “Nate - Stephan is waiting for you downstairs.”  Anybody that is up and waiting (Waiting!) to get started at 6:00AM is the real deal, let me tell you.  So I slogged out of bed and tumbled downstairs.  Stephan said, “Good morning!!”  Way more cheerfully than I was ready for, and followed that up with “We have to cut grass for the cows while it’s still wet.  They eat while we are milking.”  No problem, I thought.  I can cut grass.  Just point me to the mower.  When we got outside, Stephan handed me a scythe - pointed me to a patch of tall grass, and I broke my first sweat at 6:05.

Cutting Grass

I cannot believe that whole fields used to be cut that way.  Who needs the ab-lounger when you can just go out and cut hay for half an hour.  My obliques and lower back were definetly feeling the burn.  My first attempt pretty much just knocked over a huge swatch of grass, but we managed to salvage enough to keep the cows happy.  After that, we let the cows out.  The following picture is also the debut of the promised “huge straw hat” which I love and I don’t care if you all think it looks stupid.

Getting the cows

I’ll post picture of the actual milking another time.  After breakfast, we spent the bulk of the day fencing in a new pasture for the goats, sheep, and cows.  You have to rotate animals around to different pastures so that the grass has time to recover.  Otherwise, they’ll chomp and pound it into a barren mudpit.  It was a hot, sunny day.  But I had a secret weapon.  That’s right.  My hat.  It kept me cool and happy.  And clearly I’m in good company.

Gabe in Hat

Exibit A above, Exibit B below

Alex in Hat

By the end of day one, I was already turning into a real farmer, as evidenced by my rockin’ farmer’s tan.  I had Amy take a picture to document the extraordinary transformation.

Farmer’s Tan

Yeah.  That’s a chainsaw behind me.  We’re men.  Real men.  With tan arms and pasty white torsos.

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