Fresh Water

The weekend before last J decided it was time to move the replacement heifers to a new pasture.  Before we could move the cattle we needed to turn on the tank.  With very little moisture the dams have shrunk and the water is not fresh.

It took us a little longer to get the tank turned on that we expected, but that’s how it goes.  Here is what we did:

1.  J noticed right away that the float was broken and needed fixed.  We didn’t bring any float parts with us and proceeded with step 2.

2.  Scrape up the old caulk from the edge of the tank and clean up the inside.  A broom works good for this job; if you remember to bring one.

3.   Go back to the shop for float parts, broom and shovel.

4.  Caulk around the inside of the tank.

5.  Take super long bar and turn water valve on.  Break super long bar.  Oops!

6.  Go back to the shop and weld new bar.

7.  Return to tank and turn on water.

8.  Go back and check to make sure tank is full and float is working correctly.

This 30-40 minute job took us 2 hours.  At least is was a cool cloudy morning.  J and I got to hang out together and I got some good pictures to boot.


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29 Responses to Fresh Water

  1. Our favorite saying around here is “nothing is ever easy.” Lol. At least you captured some awesome photos.

    Thanks for sharing at Rural Thursdays this week, Robyn. xo

  2. Beth - VA says:

    love the doggie. so cute. i love country views. (:

  3. Kim says:

    I love that last photo! Beautiful! I can relate to your pasture adventure. (I’m going on one of those in a few minutes). I think it helps to call it an adventure, rather than a job. Enjoy your weekend!

  4. Judy says:

    At least the weather was good, and you got all those great shots!! I love the clouds in the last one!!

  5. Lisa Sall says:

    It’s a good thing you farmers have a lot of patience! It’s great the way you are so positive! Thanks for linking with Farm Fresh Friday today! I bet those are some happy cows!!

  6. Janis says:

    Never a dull moment on the ranch!!! Love that last shot!

  7. emily says:

    That almost sounds like it was a date!

  8. Heather says:

    Your post made me laugh. Anyone who works on a ranch knows that a very small percentage of the time (like may .5%) you remember EVERYTHING you need from the shop/barn/house the FIRST or even second time! 🙂 Most of the time it requires “somebody” (i.e. the wife/unpaid hand/unpaid cook/…) to run back and forth like a retriever with whirling disease! Isn’t it funny then, that we still view these days as satisfying if not down right wonderful?

  9. The picture of the cows in the pasture is amazing!

  10. Isn’t that always how it works? At least it wasn’t super hot or you weren’t in a hurry! Love that last picture!

  11. Lori says:

    Now that’s a busy morning, a least your did get some nice pictures!

    Thanks for sharing with Foto Friday,

  12. Rose says:

    Oh, WOW for that last shot…it is wonderful!

  13. Marissa says:

    That last shot is gorgeous! You guys must have a lot of patience 🙂

  14. LindaG says:

    Have a great weekend! :o)

  15. We take fresh water for granted. Then, when we have to go through some contortions to get it for ourselves or our critters, we suddenly appreciate it again!

    Winding Fence

    • Robyn says:

      We are so thankful for the wells we have on the ranch. It is awesome to have them for fresh water resources when the dams are not reliable.

  16. dianne says:

    now this makes me feel silly for complaining about watering some plants in the heat 🙂

    • Robyn says:

      Dianne, don’t feel silly! Maintenance and repairs are just the way it is. Cattle need lots of water in the heat of summer.

  17. that’s how it seems to go hugh?

  18. Teresa says:

    That’s how it usually works isn’t it. It always seems to take me twice as long as it should to get things done.

    • Robyn says:

      When J says “I need help for X minutes,” I always double it. I have requested that he tell me for real how long he thinks the project will take. If he thinks 2 hours and it takes an hour that is way better than the other way around. At the same time I know it is usually impossible to know how long a project could take.

  19. Pat says:

    You did get some nice shots! That last one is beautiful!

    • Robyn says:

      Pat, I am lucky the Rancher is patient with me. I am always looking up at the clouds or down at the ground for flowers to photograph. I do hold my own when we are working, but always thinking about what would make a neat photo. I think it makes me more aware of my surroundings and observant!

  20. Candy C. says:

    The “simplest” tasks can sometimes turn into a big chore when things don’t go as planned! I’m glad you were able to get some great pictures to share with us! 🙂

  21. claire says:

    Amazing view you have,sounds like hard work … you dog is so sweet 🙂

  22. Robyn….it seems like you made the best of a lot of hard work! Love your positive attitude and those pictures are just wonderful!

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