There are so many things that need moving from place to place on a smallholding. Horse poo is transfered from paddocks to gardens, firewood is schlepped from the Seven Acre Wood up to the wood-sheds, old hay from the chicken house is spread under the trees in the orange grove… and so on.
Up until now we’ve been making do with a wheelbarrow and muscle power. This has provided excellent exercise for our glutei maximi, but after two years of moving large and heavy loads by hand the shine was beginning to wear off goods locomotion as a form of exercise. ‘Wouldn’t it be nice to have a quad bike?’ farmlet residents muttered with increasing frequency .
So, look at what just arrived.
A chance conversation at Farmlands a few weeks ago put us in touch with a sheep farmer selling up to move into town. After a phone call and a road trip to Wellsford we lucked into a sweet deal. The low-use quad he was selling came complete with a trailer and a set of spray equipment for fertilizer or weed-killer. For an extra couple of hundy we picked up this spreader too.
Having Little Red around makes me feel just a little bit like a Real Farmer — even though we are living on just a snippet of land. Actual farmers regard an acreage of this size with the sort of contempt the Forbearing Husband affords a ‘fun size’ Snickers bar.
Small it may be, but getting lime onto seven acres-ish of paddocks (to help counter those acid loving dock and buttercup plants) was still going to be a mission. Putting a full size lime truck across the land seemed like overkill, and besides the top paddock is only now recovering from the soil compression left by Phil the Fencer’s tractor. Deborah and I had been considering using a hand rolled lime broadcasting system, but owning that spreader will make things a whole lot faster.
Because I know you want more, here are a couple of gratuitous photos of Stephen playing at being a farmer and standing in for a bikini model (yup, thought that would get your attention).
Welcome Little Red. We hope you’ll have a long and happy life running us around.
** Many thanks UnklEd and Omokoroa Joe for asking all the right questions to help us make the decision on buying this particular quad. These two lovely men know so much more about engines, farming, and quad bikes than we do. Big hugs to you both. x **