Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Nothing says I Love You like...


ROCKS!


And I'm not talking the shiny kind you string around your neck or wear on a finger. Oh, sure, there are those of you who'd expect something of the diamond variety for your 30th wedding anniversary, but not this Farm Diva. No...around here, gravel is a girl's best friend!

It was time for the annual paddock re-do, and this year, thanks to a friend in the construction business, I had been blessed with some of that road fabric stuff. City Boy scraped the paddocks down and dug a big trench, filling it with drain rock which will (or should) help with the water issues around here. The fabric was put down on top of that to prevent the clay (aka, winter mud) from oozing up between my toes.

Now I'm sure you're wondering what the heck I'd be doing out there with bare feet, but in the past the clay has been so thick that it's sucked my muck boots straight off, and while a farm diva mud treatment is nice and all...well, I'd prefer to skip it this year.


On top of the fabric went the rocks. I had a difficult time deciding which kind to order and lay down. In the past it's been 5/8ths minus. That, however, packs down like concrete and it's only taken me two years and someone saying, 'hey, dummy' for me to realize that perhaps this is why I'm struggling with drainage? So I spoke with the folks at Cowden Gravel and while I'd been thinking of 5/8ths clear, they said maybe pea gravel would work better. So pea gravel it was...or is.

So there you have it...a romantic Farm Diva wedding anniversary gift. Isn't City Boy the best?

13 comments:

wilsonc said...

Haha! I think it's the gift that keeps on giving. I love it.

Andrea said...

I am so jealous.

PaintCrazy said...

Hmmm. That might even be better than the shop vac I got one year or the sawzall the next year....

Lea and her Mustangs said...

I got a big wheel barrow one year for an Easter basket and a round pen one year for our anniversary. Its the kind of gift this old lady loves.

Lea and her Mustangs said...

I got a big wheel barrow one year for an Easter basket and a round pen one year for our anniversary. Its the kind of gift this old lady loves.

Mrs Mom said...

errr.. "Rock On" City Boy! ;)

Theres more that come to mind, but you need to be spared ;)

And to think I used to cuss rocks all over the place. Here we are now, in sand up to our eyeballs. Have fun out there watching the winter's depsoits drain away!

jrosey said...

LOVE IT! That's the best! I have some pea gravel down in front of Caspian's loafing shed, but I dream of one day extending it into a paddock in front of his shed; excavating down about 6" or so and filling it with pea gravel. Good for the feet, easy poo cleaning...can't get much better. Enjoy!!

Paint Girl said...

That is so great! What a sweet husband! I have never tried pea gravel, might have to do that next time!
Years ago we put in a drain, and put gravel down, than when my sister moved her horse here, we put our horses in the other pasture without the gravel, what was I thinking? We definitely need to do something about the mud, it is ridiculous! I feel so bad for the horses.

Breathe said...

Oooo, nice! Don't you love it when they know what to really get you?

jane augenstein said...

What a great gift!!! I like gifts like that, the kind you can really use! What a sweetie your man is!
Jane

jane augenstein said...

Tracey, you can get the big red ball(6 ft. tall) at the web site www.reisranch.com; I believe it is $285.00. The horses seem to love playing with it. I wish I could have one but I don't have much flat land so it would be hard to play with on a hill side! LOL

S said...

Well, I would like to have the tractor he is on for any kind of gift.....be it birthday, anniversary or anything else. I received hip waders one year for a birthday present and I don't even fish. Long story I'll share sometime. I would rather have rocks.

Tracey said...

Jane, thanks for the ball info!

To everyone else...the tractor isn't ours (how we wish!) City Boy's boss loaned it to him. No, he insisted, to be honest. Now, is that too cool or what?