Sometimes you need a front-end loader. Or a neighbor with a front-end loader.


Regular readers will recall me spending much of the late wet winter bitching about the mud on Laddie’s path, in the ashfield at the foot of the ridge. I thought caliche clay made the worst mud, but that was before I moved here and met volcanic ash.

In February I hauled in some flat rocks and tubs of sand from the wash. The rocks weren’t much help – the sand was, but bringing it in two tubs at a time took a lot of time and effort and spread it too thin.

Enter a stranger, who rode in from the west…


He hauled while I shoveled and raked, and an hour and a half later the whole path was thick with wash sand which ought to help a lot later in the summer when/if it turns wet again.

We were on a roll so we fixed my second least favorite muddy spot, in front of the burn barrel(s).


And just as we finished up, he pointed out that the Jeep has its first flat tire since getting new ones 3-4 years ago…


(sigh) So now I know what my next chore is.

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7 Responses to Sometimes you need a front-end loader. Or a neighbor with a front-end loader.

  1. Frank says:

    Those front end loader can come in handy when you need to 3 s !

  2. matismf says:

    Did it also do horse duties?

  3. Joel says:

    No, too small. Scott the Road Guy took care of that.

  4. Mark Matis says:

    So now there’s one lonely horse left? Not good. Horses are herd animals…

  5. Joel says:

    Yeah they’re looking for a replacement but it’s slow going. The market isn’t exactly saturated around here, it seems.

  6. Mark Matis says:

    You mean the local grocery has run out of stock so badly that people are eating horse meat???

  7. Joel says:

    Probably not people, and probably not local. A lot of old stock gets trucked to Mexico and comes back in dog food cans, but I think D&L are looking for a slightly higher-class horse than that.

To the stake with the heretic!