Today we got a late start out at the house. We all slept in and were moving rather slowly this morning. After a late breakfast and a trip to the home center, we all trundled out to the house to work. My parents surprised us by showing up later in the afternoon to help (and to bring fresh cut asparagus from their garden- YUM!)
V finished getting as much concrete as he can safely remove from the well slab. He is worried that breaking up the rest of the slab will drop pieces of concrete onto the pressure tank and we definitely don't want to damage that! My Dad supervised while V worked and the children all helped move wheelbarrows of debris to a dumping pile. V hopes to use the chunks of concrete for constructing dams in the creek to make some catchment pools to slow the erosion.
My Dad also helped me pound in the fence posts for the peas that my Mom and I finally got planted. I have some earlier ones planted at Roger's house but these were the first things that we planted at the new place. I also got all my onions planted (100 each of white, yellow and red) as well as chard, beets, lettuce, radishes and my broccoli seedlings.
Having my parents come help was great but it did really drive home that they are getting old (they are both in their 80s now). My Mom had to take a break after planting a bit and my Dad was winded after hammering in the fence posts for me. It really made me rather melancholy. But the weather was beautiful and I finally got something planted. My Dad helped me identify that we have a mulberry tree in the yard and Mom agreed with me that it looks like the apple was cut off at the ground and came up from the roots.
I also went the way of industrial ag this afternoon and wandered around with a sprayer of Round Up. I know, I know... there are better, less damaging ways of killing weeds but we have SO MANY stinging nettles, thistles and poison hemlock plants growing that I wanted to really get them quickly. There are nettles growing in the fence line around the garden and I keep running into them when I'm working. Don't worry, there are still plenty if we want to make tea. I only worked around the garden edge and behind the barn where the hemlock was really thick. I don't want the dog accidentally munching on something that poisonous. I'm actually surprised that the previous owners didn't do something about it since they had horses.
Tomorrow it's back to work. It should be really interesting. We are starting with a brand new computer system for documentation that went live on Saturday. Hopefully they have gotten the kinks worked out of it by tomorrow. It will probably be a very stressful day trying to get used to the new system so I just hope it isn't too busy. I've got plenty on my plate with out work throwing me a curve.