The Reluctant Farmer has gotten serious about construction!
This is his new toy. :)
Okay, it's not a toy, it's a skid steer. It has a smooth bucket for scooping and dumping gravel (the current task), a bucket with teeth for moving dirt (another of the upcoming tasks), and forks (which will be perfect for moving round bales of hay).
The smooth bucket will also work for clearing snow from the driveway.
How did this manage to show up at Apple Jack Creek? Well, a neighbour recommended someone nearby who had digging equipment that could clear out the muck and mud from around the foundation. Digger Man cleared away the muck and mentioned that he just happened to have a skid steer for sale ... so The Reluctant Farmer and our Contractor Guy went to check it out. The next day, this sweet little John Deere was delivered and immediately put to work.
Construction has made some substantial progress in the last few weeks. The moat has been drained, the sticky membrane attached to the foundation, and weeping tile put in place. The inspector was out today, and is happy with what he sees, so we are good to go.