The past two months have found us spending long, hot hours in the Nebraska sunshine as we've installed in-ground irrigation systems for farmers. There's just something about good, honest, hard work that is refreshing, rewarding, -- and yes, exhausting! And that has been the story of our spring.
A few weeks ago, Kori joined us in the fields to work -- and to capture much of the installation work with her camera. [Thanks, Kori!]
So here's just a glimpse of a typical day in the fields:
First, Josiah digs through the field with a massive trencher, creating a 4ft deep trench just about as far as the eye can see. I wish I had a picture of him with that massive machine. Totally impressive!
Then, we glue miles of water-supply pipe together and lay it in the trenches, ready to attach to the irrigation tapes already run through the field via another big machine.
We lay out the 'goose-necks' which will attach to the pipe and flow the water directly to the irrigation tape.
I use a handy cutting tool to measure the correct distance, trim if needed, and slide the tape over the goose-neck.
Behind me, Kori or Matthias will attach a metal wire around the splice and tighten it down -- and the trench work is complete!
At various intervals in the field, there are zone spits, drains, and various, intricate pipe-work projects that need assembled. Usually Dad works on these while we're in the trench.
And finally, Matthias is typically the project manager and oversees all the 'zones', 'splits' and supplies. He keeps us motivated and somehow still manages to work faster and harder than the rest of us!
Have you ever noticed that many hands make light work?! Or maybe its just the fact that working with great friends is always fun! *smile*
A few more random pictures:
And this was a unique job. The trench was filled with 2 - 3 feet of water. And mud. And slime. And yes -- we waded through that guck to hook up the pipes. We were a mess and made enough memories to last a long time! [Sadly, it was the day after these pictures were taken, so I don't have pictures of the process. But believe me -- we were MUDDY!]
And that's a summery of our Spring. Yep, lots of new experiences, but its been good! Installation season is over due to the growing crops, so for the month of July the guys will be working painting jobs as we all practice and prepare to head out on tour again in August. Check out our updated schedule and be watching for updates as we book the remainder of 2011!
"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity."