DON’T FENCE ME IN!

I’m kidding!  Go ahead!  Because a good fence is required to keep my donkeys in the pasture where they belong and NOT out on the growing wheat.   Naughty Donkeys!  Why did you do that??????IMG_20170324_125619276

You can see some of our fence fixing tools above.  Pretty common stuff.  I grew up seeing almost identical replicas of everything in the picture.IMG_20170324_125648452

You probably all know what most of it is.  These are what people like to jokingly call their P.H.D.s  —Post Hole Diggers.    Funny stuff.

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I’m sure you recognize barb wire.  (we say “barb”  not “barbed” here.)

Wire stretchers are a must for fence fixing.  The wire has to be tight or the Critters will crawl right through it.  Sometimes they do anyway.   A certain old sorrel mare that lives here, pays it absolutely no mind and reaches over for the proverbial green grass on the other side.

One of my favorite things around a ranch or farm is the steeple bucket.  Most of them are rarely if ever cleaned out.  You never know what is actually in the bottom in the dirt and rust…..

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And that is a very abbreviated version of what you will need in case any of you would like to come and “spend a little time on the fenceline”  as my father always put it.  You may also want to bring some gloves, some water, a hat, some big ol muscles, a strong back, boots-in case the snakes are out….ok….  I’ll stop now.

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14 thoughts on “DON’T FENCE ME IN!

  1. dayphoto March 29, 2017 / 10:13 pm

    Boy does that all look familiar….we seem to have done a lot of that this winter.

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    • Donkey Driver March 30, 2017 / 11:31 am

      There is always fence that can be fixed, but some years are worse than others.

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  2. Ann Coleman March 30, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    Did any of the recent wild fires get close to you? Those looked just horrible, and I can’t imagine how hard the devastation was!

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    • Donkey Driver April 3, 2017 / 1:08 am

      The big ones were in central Kansas, quite a ways from us. My heart just goes out to the people who lost so much livestock. It has to be devastating to see your animals and livelihood die like that.

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      • Ann Coleman April 3, 2017 / 2:08 am

        I can’t even imagine. If you are on Facebook, there is a video making the rounds about ranchers in Western Kansas. It shows what they lost, but also how determined they are to move ahead, and how many people have been donating to help them. It is sad and inspirational all at the same time. I’m just glad to know you weren’t near them…as soon as I heard about the fires, I thought of you!

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      • Donkey Driver April 9, 2017 / 4:31 pm

        Thank you Ann, that is such a sweet thing,.

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  3. Almost Iowa March 30, 2017 / 2:50 pm

    We are seeing a return of fencing as neighbors turn back to raising cattle on marginal land.

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    • Donkey Driver April 3, 2017 / 1:11 am

      I’m always glad to see land go back to grazing that shouldn’t be farmed. And the ranch girl in me loves a good fence!

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  4. Julie@frogpondfarm April 3, 2017 / 10:21 am

    Love to help .. too far away 😉that shot with the fence disappearing into the horizon is a classic!

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  5. Kim Gorman April 17, 2017 / 1:11 am

    I’m glad you mentioned gloves because as I was looking at the photos I was thinking, why isn’t he wearing gloves?!

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    • Donkey Driver April 27, 2017 / 4:36 pm

      He NEVER wears gloves. He can’t stand them, but I have to have them. Yes, he has Man Hands. No sissy boys around here! lol

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      • Kim Gorman April 27, 2017 / 10:34 pm

        Same with my hubby. His hands look perpetually dirty, even when he washes them. Got to appreciate what those hands can do…

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