And ... I was getting soaked while digging trenches in the rain to keep the water out of the barn. I definitely was not my sweet, adorable self.
And the poor animals were getting so tired of this “Sunny California” stuff, while they were up to their knee caps in mud. They desperately were searching for higher ground.
It's been dig up, dig out time around here. Serious dig out.
It has taken us about a month of clearing out the muck and yuck, putting in still more drains, packing that miserable California clay, and adding decomposed granite.
We've been attacking the entire barn areas, upper hill pathways and upper turnouts.
Just walking to the top of the hill is a workout, but to haul the clay down the hill and the DG up the hill, well that's undue punishment for living at the bottom of this hill.
We actually had temporary insanity ... thinking we were going to do it ourselves.
With a quick trip to the nearby Equestrian Center, we begged and pleaded with the work crew to help us out. Drama works!We were now ready to stand by and watch. That didn't last long.
The first of four trailer loads of DG dumped in driveway.With the mountains of DG and two commercial dumpsters in front of the house, we knew we were improving the neighborhood.
But nothing compared to the ambiance and aroma as when the dumpsters were finally filled with all the yuck and muck.
And, yes, we do clean up after our animals. Rain does that, you know.
The guys arrived at the crack of dawn ready for hard labor. After the big dig out-clean up, it was time to start hauling the DG to the top of the hill.
I lost count how many trips they made.
It's possible we could have set off a good ol' California earthquake!
They pounded their way up the hill ...
... and back down the hill
over and over again.
The alpacas wondered what in the world
happened to their peaceful kingdom !
Royal's favorite hang-out.
Now it was time to do the barn.
Just what were we going to do with Royal?
With 6 workers, 3 pounding machines and DG dumped outside his stall door,
just how much could a boy take?
Check out the video. Is Royal cool, or what?!