Polyface Week 19

Calf at Polyface

This is another working weekend, so this post will be pretty short…

On Monday, we worked for the morning and then spent a little time shooting in the afternoon. After completing chores, the whole team took a trip up the mountain for dinner. Joel shared stories about the farm and we cooked hot dogs and smores over the campfire. There’s a beautiful lookout spot where you can see the farm and the valley. What an amazing view!

View of Polyface from the Mountain

On Tuesday, we poured the concrete pad for the new mineral shed. I had never worked with concrete before, so it was fun to see how to pour and smooth the cement.

Wednesday was a processing day. We did about 200 chickens and 20 giant turkeys. On Wednesday evening, I went over to Marit’s and watched the first episode of Emma (the BBC miniseries based on Jane Austen’s novel). It was a relaxing way to end the day.

On Thursday, I moved the small herd of bulls on one of the rental properties. Thankfully our big guys are tame and easy to work with!

On Friday, I helped pick grapes and then went to go move a group of pigs at one of the rental farms. The pig move went extremely well! It seems like half of the pig moves I help with are super quick and easy, and half of them are the opposite. Thankfully this one was great!

This is the last weekend I have to work! Yay! Saturday was a pretty low-key day. I worked with Marit all morning. We rolled up fences, moved a water trough and prepared wagons for the afternoon lunatic tour. Then Eric gave us a long lunch, so I scarfed down some food and took an 80-minute nap. It felt so good! Then it was out for afternoon chores and dinner with the Salatins. I ended the day watching another episode of Emma with Marit.

This weekend I realized how much I have to be thankful for. It’s so easy to get caught up in the drudgery of the day to day. What a blessing to be in good health, be working outside, be a part of a team and be sun-tanned and calloused. It’s so easy to lose sight of the good things in the midst of chaos. This week, I’m going keep an eye out for all of the little bright spots in life. What are you thankful for today?

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