Unlike normal I've had myself a rather busy week, where I feel like I've swapped places with Andrew by being out helping with a fencing job. It's another job for a lifestyler, but this time it's quite a big job - just under a kilometre of 7 wire battened. Lovely work in the icy cold weather we've been having, sorta like getting really hot pulling out these long stretches of wire, which is even harder once you add in all the corners, but you don't want to pull off the jersey because it's just so chilly. Brilliant, no?
So we haven't been having any snow (lucky us!) but this morning I think we had a record frost and everyone who I've spoken to about it seems to agree. All the waterlines outside were frozen, meaning when I went out to milk this morning I couldn't blast the ice from my windscreen with the hose because it just wouldn't work! What's this? After milking I had yet more ice to break on my car (poor Ali!) and I the good old hands weren't too keen on working either after dealing with the water while hosing down.
Then, blow me down, if I get home to find the heatpump has frozen. That was how I knew it was definitely cold! lol
The fencing has been good though, it's an easy way to get long hours and good money, hard work, but it definitely pays off - especially currently when I'm only getting a mere eight hours work a week. There's also the bonus of finally being taught a few things, as I'm keen on entering the Young Farmers District competition this year, and the fencing competition with my brother. So why not take the opportunity to learn as much as I can while I've got the chance?
So, end tie offs - Dad makes them look so easy, flick that wire round, twist, pull, curl, done with what seems a slight flick of the wrist. I tried, and woah, that's actually really hard! Just the gripping onto the wire, and not creating a memory in it, otherwise you can't fix it easily, keeping the whole thing tight and yeah. Not easy! This is going to take a while to master, but heck, I'm keen!
I'd also like to add a tip when it comes to fencing - I've been helping do it for quite a long time, but there are some basics to it, however every so often you forget.
Don't line up a staple on a post, regain your grip on the hammer, quickly stick your finger underneath one prong of the staple and then hit it hard - it hurts. And you also get blood everywhere and you don't want to be getting blood on a client's nice fence ;)