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Twice Happy

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, there is no project around here that is as satisfying as chipping a pile of branches. The ability to accomplish two things at once is very rewarding. The unending accumulation of downed branches get piled up for removal and we have an unending need for wood chips on our trails and gardens.

In comes the most useful purchase I have made in our time on this land.

I pulled out the diesel tractor for the first time in months and attached the big blue chipper for a session of munching branches. By the time I finished, I had reduced two tangled piles into a filled wood chip station down by the labyrinth.

The only thing that would have made it easier would be an ATV trailer to move the second pile of branches over to the chipper. I had to make several trips to haul them by hand because I’ve yet to replace the trailer Cyndie mistakenly sold at her barn sale.

I don’t remember paying over $200 for shipping when I bought the first one, and I balked when shopping for the replacement. There is an imitation trailer that I can buy locally to save a lot of cash, but I am wary of the quality. It very much looks like a version of “you get what you pay for” in this case.

I’m waiting around for some magic solution to appear.

Maybe I should start visiting yard sales in the area for someone willing to part with a used trailer.



Written by johnwhays

June 8, 2019 at 7:21 am

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  1. Maybe, you might remember your decision to shut down operations, change direction and wish to sell off extraneous items. One thing is for sure in life: there is no going back as my deceased brother said to me. All to say selling the ATV trailer was simply going with the flow of your conclusions then even if ‘you’ weren’t totally clear about that. Backtracking and investing anew in what might have been doesn’t seem to make much sense… at least from my limited perspective on the other side of the world. In sum, you seem to be getting lost in (meaningless) routine rather than realization. Look forward! That said, maybe you’d like to plant something new and bountiful, which would make sense of your inclinations. I guess I am just thinking aloud here, wishing things would come together in a new inspirational scenario. Whatever else being supportive may help in that direction…

    Ian Rowcliffe

    June 8, 2019 at 9:46 am

    • We are definitely working out the next step in our transition from horse owners to empty barn owners. Just not rushing the process, during which the investment in equipment still needed seems justifiable. However, it does obviously cause me to hesitate about just how much to spend.
      Thank you for your support!


      June 9, 2019 at 8:36 am

      • Taking my own advice and planting out a few trees here: may your two-wheel upcoming adventure inspire you like never before… you see things from a very special perspective in this way.

        Ian Rowcliffe

        June 9, 2019 at 8:45 am

      • Thought of you yesterday, transplanting a tree!
        My bike trip is a great escape from usual responsibilities, and I like to turn off my brain and celebrate whimsy and friends in the moment, but ultimately, even that does lend itself to new inspirations!


        June 10, 2019 at 8:16 am

  2. I need a chipper. Color me envious.

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