Load Of Grain, Woodpecker, Wrestling Practice - Thursday

Super early yesterday morning I was headed into town to pick up a bunch of grain. The first brewery I was dropping a single empty but found 2 1/2 full barrels waiting for me which got loaded onto the trailer and into the bed of the truck along with the other pair of empties.

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Next was the stop at the Steam Plant where I found 4 1/2 barrels which got condensed into 4 and loaded onto the trailer.

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A quick stop at the third brewery to drop the couple of empty barrels before heading for home.

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The drive home now is in the light but the stream of headlights heading the opposite direction into the city is still just as constant.

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It took a bit longer to get home than normal, only about 10 minutes due to the 3 stops.

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As I was walking out to let the birds out I heard a thumping on the tree and looked up to see a different type of woodpecker attacking the tree. It was much smaller than the pileated and had black wings, white body, and bits of red on its head.

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The ice has melted enough but the ground is still frozen enough in the garden that I was able to back the trailer all the way up to the upper most rows and coat the area that I had missed in early Winter.

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I then dumped the rest of the barrels into the sheep pen for them and the birds to work on.

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Practiced on my mandolin for a while mid day, picked J up from school, picked up in the yard some more, and pulled my bike out of the shed and checked it over quick. I had dinner ready a little later than I wanted but the boys both ate and we made it to practice at the normal time.

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After the warm ups they all paired off for some work on escapes then a lot of the practice was training for the refs for tomorrow. Half the kids on each side of the gym in circles and paired. When their turn they went through a couple rounds of wrestling and the kids who will be refs worked with the coaches on proper refereeing. J got paired with one of the best kids in his age group whose 7 older brothers all wrestle. The kid is super strong and J was no match for him.

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R was going it at it with another kid for the first half of the practice and they ended up paired for their rounds. He defended fairly well but did not get take downs, only a couple of escapes. He landed on his belly each time he was taken down though so he has that dialed.

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The other kid is bigger than R since he is one of the smallest kids at practice. I'm hoping that it will get him a bit more determined to learn to wrestle so he can defend himself against the larger kids.

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They did 2 rounds and R chose the bottom position for the second which he got an escape from but then got taken down again.

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He came out of the experience a little sore and a little annoyed with the other kid, but overall seemed fine with the practice. The tournament is tomorrow morning and thankfully it is 7 minutes from the farm so after they weigh in we will come home and feed them a good breakfast before going back for warmups.

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We all hit the tub for the evening and the boys got themselves to bed on time.

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Today starts our warmup from the cold snap, I need to get things together for the tournament tomorrow, sweep off a couple of roofs around the farm, pickup garbage, get R's bike out and going for the year, practice mandolin, and put away the snow toys.


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Our warm up doesn't come until Monday or Tuesday....

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It started raining now after being rather chilly and breezy for a good part of the day. Hoping the rain brings the warm.

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Interesting episode of the life and times on your farm; your successes, trials and tribulations. I’m getting to know your family via your posts and I’m enjoying your lovely pictures.

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So I see some of the grains went to the sheep and chickens, but what was the putting them out in the garden about? Is it also a good compost/mulch?
I love it that you can get them from the breweries. When I used to work at a little health food store, we would keep all the too-old-to-sell produce in the walk in for someone with a farm to come and collect for their animals. Circular economy is good for everyone AND the environment!

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Yep, the grain builds the soil up dramatically adding water retention, nutrients, and loft to it. The majority of the grain I get is sourced through our malting operation at our co-op and is a real circular economy. The produce I grow in the soil filled with grain then gets sold through the co-op.

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