Saturday, January 2, 2010

Fence Posts

Move back to the country - check.

Buy a milk cow - check.

Board milk cow at best friends house because we have to fix-up sixty year old fences and gates surrounding thirty year old cow lot and milking shed - check......

Today my wonderful husband and I broke ground on the first of many fence posts to come during our life on the farm! If you're not familiar with the Texas Hill Country, the dirt grows rocks here. So, hand digging post holes goes something like this.

Step 1: Dig down six to ten inches. Hit rock.

Step 2: Use a rock bar to chip rock up. Remove rock from hole and continue to dig post hole.

Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you reach necessary depth to set post.

Step 4: Set the post. This step may present a problem. If you have removed more rocks that dirt from the post hole one must go and find enough usable soil to tamp the post in.

Now some might say we put the cart before the horse so to speak. Others might say purchasing livestock before you have a secure way to contain the blessed beasts is just good ol' country fun.
Personally, I think having a husband who will hand dig post holes IN ROCK to set a gate for me is extremely romantic! And, having a friend who will keep the cow I insisted on buying before I had fences to hold her makes me extremely blessed. Otherwise right now I'd be chasing a milk cow, complete with bell, down the county road like a mad person.

I am going to go and get my milk cow, Ellie Mae, and her calf on Monday. Stay tuned to see if the fence holds!


  1. Eeeek! I am the first to post! The only true comment I have is this....if some innocent bystander drops in truly wanting to know about digging post holes in rock, it may be important for them to know that steps 1 and 2 may be repeated for a full 10 hour day, and maybe even two or three, before actually conquering 1 hole! I love you two dearly and would keep 10 of your cows if it was needed! I will kiss Ellie for you in the morning!

    P.S. Good blog job, my friend!

  2. Yay! Please post every day.=) Happy New Year, love you guys. Love, the Joneses