I took some photos today of our gear going around the paddock.
|Tractor and Bar Coming Up The Hill|
As you can see we need some rain....! It is dry and dirty work at the moment and The Farmer comes home looking like he has a bad fake tan from all the dust most days.
This photo shows the gear a bit closer. (The photos are not brilliant as they were taken out the car window and I was trying to stay upwind of the dust.)
There is seed and liquid fertilizer in the orange plastic tanks and they get forced down the pipes into the ground by air pressure. They lay in a little trench which is dug by a blade first and then are covered up again. (All my mechanically minded friends will laugh at my incredibly simplistic description of what is actually a fairly high tech process.)
The machines get fully serviced every 24 hours and when we have ironed out all our teething issues they will go 24 hours a day (with different shifts of staff). Fuel, food for staff and any parts required for breakdowns need to be supplied as soon as they are required at any point in the 24 hours. We have a good routine going now but it is quite a stressful time.
So that's what will be keeping us busy for the next few weeks. It means very long hours for The Farmer. (Starting this morning with him rolling out of bed at 4.30am with a bit of a hangover and asking me if I wanted to go and look after the early morning servicing and start up. I refused. My refusal was only because of my lack of mechanical knowledge and had nothing to do with the fact that it was freezing cold outside and I was very cosy in my bed.)
I hope everyone has had a good weekend. I have spent lots of time outside with The Farmchildren raking up leaves and lighting little bonfires.