Removed 6 huge snapping turtles from the big pond. Only wish I had done this before I stocked the pond a year ago. This occurred over the full month of September.
Great long weekend, had all of the kids down, my parents, and two of my brothers. We were busy all weekend:
- celebrated Patty’s birthday,
- brewed Springfield Farm beer from hops we grew and the local well water,
- Floated for countless hours in the well heated pool,
- Played corn hole, Left-Right-Center,
- Cut down a tree,
- Beepa bush-hogged the entire place,
- Communed around a monstrous bonfire,
- Vigorously exercised our second amendment rights,
- Blew up exploding targets.
See various pictures below.
Late in the afternoon the sky darkened and then it just poured, and poured. Probably a very hard rain for about 45-50 minutes. When it was done me & Patty took a tour on the ATV to see what happened around the farm. I was mostly worried about the big pond and the overflow as I’ve never seen it overflow before, although I suspect it had. Our first stop was the driveway where it crosses over the stream that feeds the pond. Seeing this I was pretty worried about what I would find at the dam.
This was the scene from the dam.
Within a few hours the flow had subsided with little or no erosion thank god.
Mark relocated the hops up by the orchard. I installed a drip line on a daily timer so water shouldn’t be a problem this year. Expecting a big yield!!
This red oak fell last year, and we’ve slowly been chipping away at it. Today we cut off everything we thought we could split and moved the remaining trunk to an out of the way resting place. JJ had his brand new John Deere tractor there to help as it was definitely a two-tractor job. If it had gotten away from us when going down the hill it would have ended up in the pond.
Further down is a short video of the operation.
Seems like a good potential harvest to my un-professional eye.