July 29, 2009

Slip-sliding away...

We've had some heavy rain the past couple of days. It's given us an opportunity to assess the lay of the land in regards to our new pole barn. Monday morning the two middle stalls had standing water in them, much to the horses' dismay. I used a hoe to redirect the flow of water, and this morning the stalls were muddy but the excess water was gone. The middle of the barn, though, was still extremely wet, squishy, and slippery.

Yesterday I pulled out my rubber boots from where I'd put them after the spring mud dried up, and discovered that they had a hole in the place that I always get holes in my rubber boots, right along the side. Dh's boots had a hole in the heel. So in the afternoon we took a ride to the big box store in town to buy new rubber boots.

Dh dug a trench along the long side of the barn to redirect the water around to the ends instead of right through the middle of the floor. At least it was easy to dig in the mud instead of the dry rock hard clay soil.

We've decided that we need to bring down some fill dirt from the top of the hill to bank up the side of the barn to keep the water from running inside.

Any ideas on how to get rid of the plague of baby frogs?

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