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May 5, 2011

It’s finally dry and warm enough for the farmers to get out in the field and start planting. Because of the unseasonably cold April, it’s a rather late start to planting.

The hub is glad to get out of the house and do some real work for a change. Yesterday, he was put to task removing big rocks from a field. They had reworked the waterway in this field last fall to run a little better, and so there were some big rocks that needed to be removed from the field.

It’s not glamorous work, but it needs to be done.

The hub had to use a tractor with a front loader to move some dirt to expose the big rocks, then use a shovel to get the rest of the dirt from around them, then use a large prybar (or two) to get them out of the dirt and then carry them over to the pile he’d created. After he got enough rocks, he’d transfer the pile from the dirt over to a pile on the grass. Phew.

The kids were going stir crazy at home, so I took them out to go see what daddy was doing.

The kidlet jumped right in and wanted to help shovel. While wearing a pretty skirt, white tights and black Mary Janes. She did have her princess crown on, but we left it in the car lest it blow away in the wind. It was awful windy out in the field.

“I’m helping!”

The kiddo, on the other hand, wasn’t quite so enthusiastic. He thought it was too windy, too dirty and too bright. But he did like jumping off the big pile of dirt.

By hook or by crook, he’ll turn into a country boy.

This was the pile of rocks the hub had made during the earlier part of the day:

Some of them are rather large – about 12-14″ across – and probably weigh 60+ lbs. That’s the most exercise he’d gotten in quite a while, especially after being at a desk job all winter.

This is the pile that’s built up over the years. It’s probably about 8′ across and 12′ wide. That’s a lot of rocks.

He brought a few smaller ones home – ones he thought the kiddo might like. I could recognize the quartz, but am not sure what some of the other ones are. My favorites are the geodes, but he didn’t find any yesterday.

We’re hoping to get our garden planted this weekend also. But first, we need to figure out exactly what we’re going to plant.

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