This may only look like a muddy bare field, but it is the result of hours and hours of hard labour from our two pigs, who dug up all the docks and forgotten spuds from last year and prepared the ground, ready for harrowing and planting. In the background, you can see the half of the field the pigs didn't get to, which will need to be ploughed. The sheep tried their best to reduce the grass and buttercups in the last week, but it's best to turn over the sod with the plough altogether before harrowing and planting.
So what could be better as a warm up before tackling the ploughing than going to the woods for a few days to pull out some firewood? We are working on a job in Glengarriff Woods - still a couple more days work or so, as the site turns out to be more difficult than expected at first. The thinning was done as a part of a chainsaw course, and they must have run out of time at the end of the course, as there are still too many trees standing in places. Plus, the trees were cut off quite high, leaving many tree stumps as obstacles. The timber was cut into quite small length, so we need to bundle it to make each pull worthwhile, which is more time consuming that just hitching up one big log of course. Also, there's ditches...anyway, we are getting there, and we'll come out of it stronger and fitter than ever!