Hello Pack. It is supposed to be fall, right? Weird Ohio weather has been at it once again. We have had spring, winter, and fall on our survival homestead this week. It feels like we are once again in the midst of a rainy season – turning our rural farm into a mud pit.
We are still in nut collection mode around here. We are filling buckets with hickory nuts, acorns, and walnuts. A beechnut tree appears to be dead, I am not sure what happened to it. We are drying the last of seeds harvested from garden produce to put them up for planting next spring.
Our annual prepper inventory is still going on. I would like to say we are nearing the end of recording everything, inspecting containers and dates, and jotting down what needs to be added to each category of preps – but alas we are probably only in the middle of the inventory stage at this point.
I am still getting used to the sound of a bull calf mooing around the house. He keeps wandering to the back door, wanting snacks or petting. While this behavior is kind of cute now, it sure will not be when he weighs 1,500 after reaching maturity, especially since he really wants to climb into the side by side and curl up on our laps.
The mini donkeys are acclimating well. They seem to prefer hanging out in the upper pasture, which is a great coyote deterrent. But, the jack does not seem taken with any of our ladies, only the one he came with that he already bred.
I am hoping our girls are just playing hard to get, and roaming away from him, they tend to be a bit high strung. He is not going to be of a lot of use to me if he winds up monogamous.
In other preps this week, we worked on our muddy farm road, and will be doing so again on a regular basis this time a year to keep it passable. The deer are making a mess of the fencing in two different pastures.
While we have ample barbed wire to do patching, my hands are already sore from all of the stretching and affixing of the fencing – and from replacing several rotted fence posts.
Thankfully, we have many locust trees on our property and steadily harvest them to make posts to have at the ready when needed. Blocking our road with logs, barbed wire, and other handy supplies would be part of our plan during a SHTF scenario.
The only way into the property is from the creek crossing at the front by vehicle.
An ATV could get in on the other three sides, but doing so would be a lot of work, and reconfiguring a path several times because of the terrain and ravines – which would be noticeable by LP/OPs on the survival homestead.
This Week’s Questions:
- What plans and supplies do you have to solidify the private or public road to your farm, prepper retreat, or other style of home?
- What is the most troubling weather issue or natural disaster your region is prone to and how does it impact your prepping?
- What did you do to prep this week?