Sunday, May 31, 2020

A Slice of Life on the Homestead

I was working in the garden this afternoon when Papa Pea came to find me and announced he needed my help.

"What's up?" I asked.

He replied, "I got the Gravely stuck in the edge of the pond."

"How'd that happen?" I asked.

"I was watching a duck," he said.

Although this picture makes it look like the mower is tangled up with the electric fencing, it's not.  Papa Pea had folded back that section of fence so he could get in by the pond to mow.  (Looks to me like said duck is wondering what's going on himself.)

Off we went to fetch our old, faithful Samurai which Papa Pea chained up to the Gravely which did, indeed, have one wheel very much stuck in the mud.

Happily, it didn't take a lot to get it unstuck, and he was soon off and mowing again.

Seems to me he got stuck in much the same spot once last year, too.  Wonder what he was watching then?


Lisa French said...

I have drooled over Gravelys many times. Do you all have any other attachments? You may have to supervise when he mows there next time, lol.

Leigh said...

Love this post! It's a glimpse of what homesteading is really like. lol.

Cockeyed Jo said...

I'm echoing Leigh on this one. LOL

Mama Pea said...

Lisa French - Yep, we have several of the attachments for the Gravely. Matter of fact, we have a couple of the machines themselves. They are such unbelievably handy, simple to repair workhorses that I don't know what we'd do without them. Papa Pea and his dad pooled their money to buy the first one all the way back in 1955. We still have it!

Leigh - I'm going to be remembering that these every day happenings are of interest to others. So often I think of them as ho-hum, no big deal, not of interest to anyone else. At the same time, I love to read of the same such things in other bloggers' posts. That doesn't make much sense, does it?

Cockeyed Jo - Stop encouraging me. I'll soon be posting pictures of me washing dishes. ;o)

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

Well at least it only got stuck in the mud and not in the deep water! And it wasn't snowing and 40 below haha!

Mama Pea said...

Nancy - Good points! The photos don't show how much it was sunk into the mud on that one side. The water of the pond this spring was all the way up to where the garden tractor is but has receded because of our lack of rain. When he first hooked it up to the Samurai I was afraid it might tip over into the water before righting itself but it's so heavy (really heavy!) that it stayed steady. Mr. Duck sure was curious and looked like he wanted to help.

wisps of words said...

And live on the farm, goes on.... said...

Just love the post!! We all get stuck sometimes!! That's what makes us human! xo

Mama Pea said...

wisps of words - If it ain't one thing, it's another! Seriously, these things just happen and it's nothing to get upset about . . . especially in these very distressing times in which we're living. Besides that, this oopsie was easy to rectify!

linnellnickerson - If I could count the number of times one of us has gotten stuck in mud, snow, a too-soft driveway, ruts in the field . . . it's just part of living away from asphalt and sidewalks! And it's common living this lifestyle as I'm sure many of you know. :o}

The Wykeham Observer said...

We finally got a nice rain this morning, but could use little more. The old samurai comes in handy a lot I'm sure!

Cockeyed Jo said...

What's wrong with doing dishes? LOL

Retired Knitter said...

Well I agree with Leigh. I am not a homesteader and I follow blogs like yours and hers because I am curious about the life style - so go ahead ... wash those dishes!! Haha!!

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