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Ticked Off

Spring forest CP on Diamond Grove RD on April 14, 2009 

I went down to the farms over last weekend.   I did a lot of bushwhacking to check the boundaries and water courses and although I had long sleeves and bug repellent on, I picked up at least three ticks.   I got them before they managed to bore in but something got me and made a bit of a rash.   I hate ticks.   I usually don’t get any, but they are very active now and I went more into the bushes than usual.

Below - spring is here. Leaves are coming out.

new leaves on trees at CP pond on April 14, 2009 

I am trying to stabilize one of my roads and I needed some branches etc.    So I went and cut out some of the trees damaged by the machines squirting out biosolids.  Some were bent so much they would not come back and others had so much bark stripped that they would be deformed.  I laid them in the ruts to slow the water flow.    It works well.  Where I did this before on the slopes I have some vegetation coming in, but it is a lot of work, especially given the primitive tools I use.   I am glad to have the truck now.  That allows me to move a lot more and a lot farther.    I am letting the road grow over for now.  

Below - I want to keep my streams clean, so I cannot have dirt running off the roads or anyplace else. 

Little hunting creek on CJ farm on April 14, 2009 

The wildlife plots are doing well.   They used a couple of them as staging places for the biosolids and those are growing like made.   It is probably the most fertile half acres in the state.   We planted ladino clover and some orchard grass and chicory.  The clover is good because it fixes nitrogen.  I like how it looks too. 

Below is Blimbie.  Now that I have have the other forest, I sometimes go up 95 via Emporia, which is where this is.  I've always like Blimpie, but my favorite place used to be Togo's.  I have not seen a Togo's for a long time.  I don't know if they are still in business. 

Blimpie in Emporia VA 

The truck is no good unless it has the orange mud decoration. 

muddy truck 

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