Ditch, Water, Smoke

Just a quick update. We have finished backfilling 700 feet of ditch while carefully separating power conduit from phone line and have partially backfilled and compacted the section which will receive a portion of our septic line. I wonder what else I could stick in there to take advantage of the ditch before closing it up.


We trenched around the transformer box to keep the phone line clear.

But there is still a pile of work to go.

Everything is so dry now that we moved a water tote near an especially droopy chestnut. Hopefully it keeps dripping through the week. A few trees are suffering from sunburn, but with the cages we set up we plan to add a little shade held in place with bulldog clips to give them some relief.

The sky is a little smokey here. Big fires well east and south of us have clouded the sun. The light was a red hue all day long.

Take a close look at this picture and you will see the blue dense smoke in the horizon. I think I snapped this around 4:00pm but it looks eerily like sunset.

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About M. Agriculteur

Designer, motorcycle junkie, traveler, wanna-be iron butter (more butt than iron), builder, foodie, farmer wanna-be.
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10 Responses to Ditch, Water, Smoke

  1. Masha Zager says:

    Put in conduit for fiber optic cable. You’re going to need it in the not too distant future.

    • Funny you should mention it, L looked into it and we are rural enough that they said they had no plans for the foreseeable future! dang

      • Masha Zager says:

        But hopefully you’ll be there past the foreseeable future. It will save you a whole lot of money.

      • So true. Unfortunately the lower part is sealed up. L and I hung our legs in the ditch and talked through possibilities. Camera or intercom at the gate? Maybe a powered gate? Fiber won’t be out here for ten to fifteen years if ever so we can do a slit trench if it comes this far. Cell towers are popping up though and there are some super fast microwave options coming to rural places. The phone line should keep us in DSL as good or better than what we currently have. Now the upper trench is open and I could run a power line down to the trees, or a water line. Surface catchment and Swales are more interesting though. A dedicated power line might be interesting if only to run an electric fence charger from. Options options. Frankly I’m pretty ditched out at the moment. I still had dust in my ears this morning!

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  3. Wow! You’ve been busy! It looks great!
    They say rain is on the way this weekend…we hope. Now I’m trying to figure out what needs doing before a rain, kind of hard to remember what rain is like 😉

  4. What a lot of work. And done before the rain cometh, too. Forecast here for the same thing, and boy could we use it. We’ve had our own forest fire issues up here, but we were down at the beach a few evenings ago, hoping to catch a view of Mt Baker over a picnic supper, and couldn’t see him for the orange haze over that whole side of the strait. Hopefully it’s lots of rain without lightning so those fires get damped down a bit.

    • Thanks. I’m looking into firefighting classes to get red card (infantry level) or blue card (heavy machine operator) certified so I might be able to volunteer next season if it is this bad again. In our grand plan the farm should be fire resistant but we don’t have the pond and swale systems in place to pull it off yet. As long as I have the office job I’m pretty sure my vacation would cover time off to lend a hand. Regardless, having some training on wildfire behavior seems like a good skill to have in my toolkit.

      • I did annual fire fighting training with the Navy way back when – of a very specific and limited sort, of course, but I gained a healthy respect for just how hard the work is, how much there is to know and how unpredictable a fire can be. Driving through the interior, I’ve seen the crews managing controlled forest burns, and seen trees literally explode shooting chunks of branch many metres away – fire behaves quite differently in a metal ship! Despite the difference, I am very aware of just how difficult, demanding and scary this job is. I think with your farm where it is that any sort of fire fighting training would be useful, and a fabulous way to contribute to your community.

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