Monday, September 9, 2013
(DF) RECOVERY AND RECLAMATION
Yes, maintenance is right out the window here. The worst of it is the garden. It has been a perfect summer here for grass and it has really gotten established. In short, it has become a major reclamation project.
Reclamation has begun. I am using a scythe to cut the tall grass, a little at a time as my recovery allows. The work is very slow as I am still unable to walk well and can only stay on my feet for a short time before having to stop and rest awhile. This process makes me feel a bit lazy and worthless, but I try not to say it too loud because Anna gets onto me for saying such things about myself.
Once the grass is cut and allowed to dry, it is being hauled in the wheelbarrow to the barn and stored for winter goat feed. After the grass is hauled away from the garden, I am gradually tilling up the garden in preparation for planting a cover crop (probably winter peas this time). When the garden is finished, the lawn can be reclaimed in the same manner, mowing the stubble when the tall grass has been removed. A slow process, but a necessary one.
Reclamation and recovery will be slow. The doctor told me last week that it will be at least two more months before I can return to my job, and from the way it feels, he is probably right. I am having to move slow and only a little at a time, so it will take some time for both recovery and reclamation.
When I am finished with reclamation, I can then start catching up. Thank goodness other things like building fence and farm buildings actually DO just sit there instead of having to be reclaimed.
Wish me luck.