Today, we did a lot of burning from the old homestead site, examined more animals and checked on the pregnancies. We discovered one of the ewes has a cleft lip so we will have to avoid breeding her. There are a LOT of rams. As a result, we are going to have to do a lot of castrations. We already knew we were going to have to do quite a bit, I just didn't realize how many. And, because of their age, band castration is not an option. So, we are going to have to do surgical. Crud.
We got water today and spent a bit of time talking with The Water People. I really like them and when we had gotten there, I was already exhausted and still had more daylight/work ahead of me. She looked at me and said "You look like you could use a hug." I really enjoy them and their friendship.
On the way home, we met one of our neighbors going the other way on the secondary dirt road. We stopped and talked for a bit about the area and different struggles they have had when they moved here and issues they have had to deal with. (Hauling water, electricity, etc.) It reminds me of a conversation I had with a person in town who was telling me about a guy who moved here from Texas a few weeks ago. He moved out here to live off the grid and brought the grid with him and now he doesn't know what to do.
I really enjoy living out here and fulfilling our dreams and making them a reality. We got the wood stove fired up and are going to start cooking on it. With the rain, we decided this would be a good way to do a "dry run" before we have to rely on it for heat as well as cooking. This way, if there are any issues or kinks we can work them out.