The day was a flurry of activity. I finished the show barn chores and headed across the river where I had a pile of wood ready to split. Since we had moved the main herd to the far, far field I was able to have the Super Splitter sitting under a waterproof tarp right next to the pile and was ready to get going rather than hauling it out of the barn and setting up.
I split firewood and kindling for an hour and a half before it was time to feed the main herd in the far, far field. With the rain we have had, the river is too deep to run the Gator through so we use the tractor back and forth. It is much easier and faster when two of us feed so I get to ride on the pallet with hay bales, it is attached to the front loader forks of the tractor. While Mike drives backward through the field, I fling slabs of hay this way and that so the cattle can get to eating without pestering each other.
After feeding, I went back to splitting. We hauled one trailer load of kindling into the barn and stacked it into a crib for curing. Then we made a second trip to the bull barn where we unloaded the Gator full of firewood pieces and a trailer full of dry/cured kindling.
When we finished unloading it was past lunchtime, so we took a quick break and had delicious grilled tomato and cheese sandwiches before heading back across the river. Mike wanted to take the tractor up the hill to bring down some wood, and I grabbed a bucket and knife and went Chanterelle mushroom hunting. Mike has a term for these quick one-bucket walks, he calls them sashays. So funny to hear him talking about taking a little sashay through the forest.
It pays to remember where the mushrooms had been in the past because I walked right to a dandy of a spot and filled my bucket and a bag(an spare I tucked into my pocket, just in case) in a couple of minutes. I had my picking done before Mike had gotten the tractor to the top of the hill. Since I had nothing else I could pick into, I headed down hill.
The dogs and I spent some quality time cleaning up the landing while we waited for Mike to come down the hill. By the time he had come down, it was time again to do the evening feeding so the tractor was put to work hauling hay bales.
Getting to the house after chores, I cleaned the 10 lbs of mushrooms and we ate about 5 lbs for dinner. I made a Chanterelle, garlic, butter sauce to go over jasmine rice. Fantastic!
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