Archive for March, 2012

Tattered Tales

It was a clear fall day…lots of sunshine…lots of bright puffy clouds…and NO WIND.  That was the day we first set about putting the cover on the 96-foot-long hoop skeleton the Farmer had constructed the week before.  Two hours into the project–you never know how long these things’ll take–the weather took a turn and I found myself hanging on for dear life, knuckles red, fingers numb, and all my body weight prone to cover more area in an attempt to make my mass heavier;  I was given the impossible task of ‘holding down the cover’ that we had tossed over the frame, but that was not completely stretched yet, and definately not securely anchored!

Nature can be a force to be reckoned with!  Needless to say, the hoops did not get a good start with their covering.  Before we finally called it quits on day one, the cover had a tear that doomed the skin forever–the flaw that led to its demise.  Then the 70 mph winds of Thanksgiving ‘curled’ the roll bars like licorice, tattered the cover on the west side, and shredded it on the east side.  The end-panel zippers on the north were blown-out–all three of them.  (Wind damage is not a warranty issue…)  We spent the rest of the winter watching the shredded plastic whip in the wind like a weather-vane, telling us the direction of the prevailing gale–and its intensity!

Now–the Spring, which officially began last Tuesday, the skeleton is clean with its perfect arches waiting for a day of NO WIND.  That should be a challenge to predict, even the meteorologists have a time with that!  Monday, as you all know, started out calm and warm and ended up BLOWING and GOING with winds in every which direction–for hours!   That was not supposed to be until TUESDAY–doesn’t nature read the weather report!!   Good news though, we didn’t start the big hoop’s project…its new skin is still safely in the shed.  AND better news, the lone end-panel mounted for the little hoop weathered the winds and we were able to protect it.  Yesterday the Farmer got the other end panel up, and today (God willing–cuz he and Nature have a strong connnection) the Farmer and the Son hope to get the skin on and anchored and shored up for the predictable winds that will come.  You know, SPRING–in like a lion and out like a lamb…



It is hard to believe that a week has gone by since we formally launched the membership drive.  The reponse has been great and we have sent out applications to nearly 20 people, and that just from the Blog, and email, and a little bit of word of mouth.  My five-year-old grand-daughter, Ayla, will be here next week to help me sell shares!  I pick-up the hand-outs tomorrow (thanks Rene and Michele) and the business cards are slated for delivery by UPS on Friday.  With those in hand, I think Ayla and I can get the WORD OUT to those who don’t know yet…

On the farm front…ground is ready to be worked, but the farmer suffered a broken axle yesterday in the field.  His tractor broke an axle, not himself– though he does have a fat lip where a feisty chain snapped back and hit him in the mouth…  🙁

The next posting is going to be the story of the hoophouse–its trials and tribulations since last October and the new birth that it will experience this Spring…as soon as its new cover arrives and we can find a day with NO WIND.

Well, Happy FIRST DAY of Spring!!  More great days to come, full of sunshine and the rays that warm–  CHEERS

It’s coming together!

And so are we!

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