In the last two days here is what I have done:
Expanded the goat fence
Dug at the bottom of a hole
Filled in a hole
Used an electric drill
Used a hammer
Used a thing that looks like a hammer crossed with a shovel
Petted some goats
Wheel-barrowed mulch and compost
Collected sugary water sap from Maple trees
Ate a lot of maple syrup
It looks like a long list of achievements (in fact I am feeling pride writing this) but it can pretty much be summed up by 'Moving Things with a Shovel'.
I start at at 7 on Wednesdays and 8 on all other days (which is very reasonable!)
The day starts with me moving the compost bins to the chicken coups. These compost bins are far too a. Tall and b. Heavy for me but it is just assumed I can do it so I at least try.
I then shovel carbon (leaves) onto compost and let the chickens out to eat it.
This is usually followed by shovelling some dirt because I need to dig a hole for something or fill in some previously dug hole. There is a few hours of this punctured with some hammering or drilling.
Then I have an hour for lunch where I shakily ride my bike up the road to someones house.
The afternoon usually consists of carrying large buckets of water and pouring it on holes I have already shovelled. Then I probably need to shovel some mulch into a wheel barrow. I also might have to move some big pieces of wood to somewhere else.
During none of these activities does anyone (Shamu or Aaron are the people mainly I work with) stop to say 'you carry the lighter one' or patronise me with comments like 'let me take that for you' or 'I can finish this up, you do the hosing'. If they ever say 'I can takeover' it never feels patronising because they say it to each other just as much as they say it to me. I have never felt so equal or capable anywhere or at anytime. I have not once had to use my carefully cultivated air of 'damsel in distress' helplessness I so often employ in London - it wouldn't work here anyway.
p.s. My shoulders and back have died and gone to back hell. I am hoping they strengthen because I have to clean out the whole goat area in two weeks.
A hole that is my height - I only dug the last bit where I was inside the hole on my knees digging with my hands. Obviously the hole is tiny so it went all over my hair, in my ears, up my arms etc.
WHAT HOLE? Did I just fill in a hole my height with super heavy dirt and stones? With a shovel my height?
goats that are really cute
A baby goat born two days ago which I hold all the time and licks me