We’re still alive

Well seeing as I haven’t spoken to you all for pretty much the whole of the summer, I thought it was about time I updated you all with the goings on around here. When I last updated the blog, I was having a rant about my tractors not working. Here we are nearly four months later, and I’m pleased to say we have two fully functioning tractors, all be it one is slightly more dented than it was a few months ago. If any of you are following my Facebook page you will see that within a week of getting the Ferguson tractor running I managed to roll it over whilst pulling a log. Yes, that’s right nothings ever simple with me. I have been driving tractors since I was 15 years old and this is the first time I’ve managed that one. It happened so quickly, and I was very lucky to get away without injury. Basically, I was dragging a dead tree out of the forest when it got snagged on an old fence. The tractor tried to keep going forward and ended up in a vertical position. I put my foot on the clutch to stop it moving, which worked for a second until my foot, which was soaking wet, slipped off the clutch and the tractor gracefully flipped completely upside down. I just managed to roll myself clear as it came crashing down, missing my head by inches. I got it back upright by pulling it over with my truck. Drained all the fluids out and luckily for me it still worked. Lesson learnt, and I won’t be doing that again in a hurry.

upside down tractor

So what else is new? Well, we had fun digging up the garden (yard) trying to find the septic tank, when it decided to get plugged and was backing up into the house. Lovely! I manged to fix this little issue but still have some holes to fill in outside. Oh, the joys of living in the middle of nowhere. We have hosted 3 sets of Workaways now. The first ones arrived in July. Toby and Joe were from Denmark and an absolute delight to have around. They worked so hard for us cutting and splitting logs, as well as helping dig holes when the septic packed up. They never complained and always were happy to help. They’re a credit to their families and we’re so happy you came. Maybe one day soon we will see you again. Next we had Clemence from France who was great with Kaitlyn and the kids. Stephen loved her, and Kaitlyn managed to get loads done with her online clothing business. She even managed to split some logs. Currently we have Agata and Kuba from Poland staying with us. Our log shed seems to have tripled in size since their arrival. I am so happy they’re here. Again, they’re a real credit to their families. Such hard workers and fun to have around. If you’re unfamiliar with the Workaway program, it is a website that sets you up with volunteers. They stay with you and work for free 5 days a week in return for food and accommodation. Seeing as we are in no position to pay anyone it works really well for us, and we have been really lucky with all the people we have hosted so far.

log splitting shed

As I sit here typing this out, it is only 2 degrees outside and has snowed this morning. It makes me realise how close winter is to making itself seen again. It only seems like last week I was shovelling snow off the driveway. I do however feel a lot more prepared this year. I have a snowblower sorted, courtesy of the in-laws, and I have enough firewood to last me, plus a little extra to sell on top. If you’re interested in firewood and are in either the McBride or Prince George area then drop me a message.

The rest of this week will be spent collecting wood, filling in holes around the garden and generally preparing for winter. I will also be trying to complete my book which is almost done. Hopefully I can update you all again a bit quicker next time and I’ll try not to leave it four months between posts. I hope you have a wonderful week and I’ll speak to you all soon.


©Nick Hunter

One thought on “We’re still alive

  1. Nick , Just reading your blog makes me smile. I grew up on a very small and at times quite poor farm in south Central Manitoba . Many of the tasks you take on we have faced. My Dad was born in Ontario in 1897 and came to pioneer his farm , many of his ways were old school ..Mom was born in 1910 and taught us like she was taught by her Ukrainian Baba and Mother. I still live on the farm my husband and I we bought 50 years ago. HARD, HONEST WORK
    Good luck with your WORK AWAY endevor. Say hello to Kaitlynn and kiddies.


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