Since I’ve learned how to use the tractor, the finish mower, and more recently the brush hog, I’ve started work on a new project: Mowing the entire field that surrounds my home. The field is so big, that it would be impossible to mow with anything but a tractor. If you really look hard in the center of the photo, you can make out the shape of my greenhouse as well as my shed.
I’ve got about half of the front side done, and I’ve begun mowing up the back side to the top. I noticed the tractor seems to be weighted down by the heavy brush hog, and the steering isn’t as effective going up the hill then on flat ground. I’m not worried about the tractor flipping end over end, but when I turned around to look down the hill at what I’d accomplished I was a bit unsettled. This is the steepest hill I’ve done anything on. In my younger years I was quite adventurous in my Jeep Wagoneer, but this is no comparison; the Jeep had a roof overhead, and lacked a giant spinning blade behind me.
As I approached the top of the hill, I couldn’t stop myself from snapping some pictures of my Amish neighbors homes. These houses are all located by the main road which passes through the area.
Since I already had the camera in my hand, I thought I’d take a picture of John and Maratha’s garden. The light green tones hint at broccoli, and the darker green rows would seem to indicate tomatoes or potatoes. In front I’d guess the wiry items are onions. It also looks like they are expanding their garden for next year.
Once I got to the very top of the hill, I decided to climb up into Keith’s Hunting stand to take a look around. The stand adds about 20 feet to the already sweeping views, but that 20 feet makes a huge difference.
So there it is, the view from the top. My shed is barely shown in the lower left corner, and the barn in the center of the farm looks like a toy from this distance. I’ve got a lot of field left to mow, but it’s all part of keeping the farm in shape, and I will certainly be fun with a view like this.