Second Mud Season is here. In February the ground thawed enough to put up a fence to move the breeding hogs out of their slushy-mucky paddock. Ice dams melted, we cleaned previously-frozen pens. It seemed as though Winter was over. Wrong. March brought eighteen inches of snow cover to the muddy ground. Plowing was hard and walking through the barnyard even harder. Getting stuck was normal, but fortunately, I live with the best “un-sticker” around; husband, Bruce.
US Mail trucks were not designed to drive steep hills it seems, but the mail must go through, right? Bruce extracted the stuck mail truck from our hillside and retrieved our mail. A few minutes later he found the same truck sucked off the road. This time of year, on a dirt road like ours, the only safe place for a vehicle is in the middle. Road shoulders are liquid with run-off. Pull off the road slightly, and muck will pull vehicle wheels off the road and not let go. During mud-season, when I see an approaching car, I’ll pull into the nearest driveway. If there is no driveway nearby, I’ll stop and wait for the other vehicle to pass or until one of us backs-up to a safe spot.
Bruce, the great “un-sticker’, pulled the mail truck out again but he’s good at more than extracting vehicles. When working in the pig paddock, I took one step too many and found myself cemented in 18 inches of gook. I couldn’t move. I could step out of my boots but then had nowhere to go. Hero Bruce in his lace-up white Bugs Bunny boots slogged his way out to me with two feed pans. I stepped out of my footwear and put one sock covered foot in each container. Using the pans like snow-shoes, I hobbled out of the mud while Bruce recovered my boots. Friend Trish watched the rescue, laughing at my plight.
It does seem that March roared in “Like a Lion” … let’s only hope it “Goes Out Like a Lamb.” We were expecting a litter of piglets and at least a few calves by now. No babies have made their appearance yet, but they will be here soon. We welcomed Easter with an event at the farm on March 31st but there were still no calves or piglets. Warmer weather and more daylight should make farrowing and calving so much more pleasant. Maybe the mud will disappear soon too.
Check out this Video of boot sucking mud