Monday, October 24, 2011

The Strength of a Rhino

Now that we've become big city folk, our visits to the hideaway have unfortunately been less frequent. So we cherish the one weekend a month (if we're lucky) that we get. Quite honestly, the 2 days were there, we pretty much veg out and do nothing. But it's fall, which means preparing for winter and taking care of the fall yard work.

We were in the middle of weeding the backyard, all was going smoothly. Jimmy was wacking the 6 foot tall weeds and I followed behind him raking them into small piles.

I mentioned last spring that it was an epic winter. Trees fell everywhere from the record snowfalls. We had a tree guy come and take away most of the detritus, but he left the big logs for us to deal with.

So when Jimmy found the felled logs under all the weeds, we had to move them to our log pile.

Now I admit. I'm completely naive. About everything. But especially about how heavy trees trunks are. I figured I'd lift one end and he'd lift the other and we'd just walk them over to the pile and plop them down and we'd be done.

HA! Do you have any idea how HEAVY those tree trunks are??? Totally impossible for us move them to the wood pile.

Luckily...we have Rhino...
with a quick slip of a chain...

and a pull on the winch...

a little maneuvering to the left...

watching out for the live tree...

squeezing into the space between the wood pile and the garage...

and successfully pulling the extremely heavy log next to the pile. Lifting it onto the woodpile was another adventure that had no photographic evidence...it was a struggle but we succeeded.

In the end, the yard was weeded, the tree trunks were moved and we are prepared for winter.

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