My Actifit Report Card: June 4 2021

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Another beautiful hot day today. We mowed this morning with our electric ride on and enjoyed our usual walk in the field and along the river. The rain has been keeping everything well watered.

Everything is exploding with life. The grass is emerald green and beautiful, the crab apples and blueberries have lost most of their blossoms and are working on fruit. The garden is just starting to take off as well! It feels like soon we will be picking fruit and berries and veg every day for meals and to can or dry or freeze and enjoy over the winter. But I know everything needs another month or two.

On days like today it's hard to want to do anything other than wander our trails and explore the river. So we were in and out of the house and playing tag in the field all day after. This evening I went for another quick walk and got many of these shots in the burgeoning dusk. Of course it rained again just after dark.

That happens often here in late May and early June. We will wake up to clear blue skies as far as you can see and the morning sun so hot it feels like we will see triple digit temperatures. But then the clouds form and roll across the sky throughout the afternoon only to burst in the cool of the evening to keep our plants healthy and thriving. Nature has a way of taking care of itself if only we would let it.

We only minimally tend to the plants in the field, helping them establish themselves and then trusting them to take care of themselves. The same goes for the field itself... over the years we have lived here the grass has grown more vigorous and many other species have begun to grow amongst the tall blades. Many of those other species weren't there before when the field had been mowed a couple of times a year for hay.

Beyond the trees we have been deliberately planting we are starting to see pioneer species like birch and sumac and willows spread into the field from the wooded portions of the property along the marsh and river and boundaries. We are quite happy to let them- both for firewood and to create cover. Our goal is to establish a food forest through out the field with different nuts, fruit, berries, and other edibles. We are working at it slowly each year planting more trees to line our trails and letting nature do its thing. Of course the wildlife will benefit from that as well. Our hands off approach to managing the area continues to encourage wildlife to visit and make this space their home as well as ours.
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Daily Activity, Gardening, Photowalking, Play with kids/grand kids, Walking, Yard Work



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Uh ... electric ride ... how long you can work when it stop ?
I have also had idea to get Electric ride :)) some solar panels also on the house and you can always charge it :)

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It manages to mow all of our trails and yard without coming close to running out- that takes me almost two hours. I love the thing its a monster. I made new trails this year when the grass was over two feet high and it had no problem with it. I have also been using it to keep our trail through the japanese knotweed on the riverbank clear. It takes a couple of passes for that because the knotweed is a lot tougher than the grass but still manages it. We also have a small cart I tow behind it to move soil, wood, rocks, etc etc around the property for different projects and it handles that just fine too. We don't have solar yet but that is on our list of improvements. !PIZZA

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Uh 2h :) ...ok..ok ... this sounds good, when I see how big is your grass then I can use here it some 3h what small grass :)) ... hmmm I must look this electric ride... in 2h I can cut lot .

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There are different models you can get with larger and smaller batteries. I think there is one size up from mine that will last longer and remember I have never run the battery down all the way! its a ryobi 100 AH and I've had it since the beginning of summer. No complaints from me so far. We get a lot of snow here too in the winter and there is a snowplow attachment for it that I will be testing this winter to clear the driveway instead of shoveling all the snow by hand. I can honestly say that I prefer it over the gas mower we used to have.... far less maintenance, I never have to go get gas anymore, and just as powerful!

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