Equipment Love: Mahindra 2415

A (long, long) while back Andy mentioned I should write about the equipment we own. I told him he should write about the equipment we own, in my never ending quest to have Andy write a blog post which I’m rather certain he never will. That said, writing about the equipment we own is a pretty good idea. He’s right that without some of our equipment we wouldn’t either have certain things done, or it would be a lot harder.

No single piece of equipment we own is bigger than our Mahindra 2415, both in size and how crucial it is to having our little homestead. Unlike my relationship with Troy, I’m on good terms with our tractor who I lovingly call Mah. When Winnie was a puppy she was even featured in Living The Country Life magazine while sitting on her (yes the tractor is a she, says me). I grabbed this photo with my point and shoot, and when I saw there was a call for cute animals I sent it in.

561701_487242111305592_29761995_nWe like to tell Winnie she needs to earn a living and she definitely pulled through, at least once. To this day our dogs like jogging along the tractor in their older age, and still enjoy a lap ride now and again.

To really write about Mahindra I had to ask Andy for his input. Buying this tractor was primarily his gig though I was definitely on board. He had wanted one for a very long time; as in childhood. I more or less saw it as a means to an end, and ended up loving it after we had her a while. When we bought this property we knew we needed a tractor in order to fix up the land and build our house. Then it turned into both a tractor for around our homestead, but also for agricultural use up at the farm. All in all, it’s been well worth the money.

This was one of the very first photos we ever took of our Mahindra, long before the barn and garage were even started and clearly well into my phase of color blocking photos on my point and shoot.

6.8.2008 005Over the years we’ve really loved this girl, though there have been a few times we’ve debated on upgrading to a larger model. We always decide to stick with the 2415 though. It really is the perfect size, both for us, and the farm. While the farmer owns lots of larger models, little red can fit under the barn to muck it out. If we got a bigger tractor we wouldn’t be able to get under the barn, and mucking it out is pretty important.

DSC_4931-01We have a few implements for the tractor that we’ve accumulated over the years including forks for the front end, and for the back a bush hog, a finish mower, a box blade. Andy has even altered the Mahindra to attach to a plow which can be controlled by the hydraulics. Heck, she’s even skidded logs before by a chain.

DSC_4927-01Andy would be the first to tell you my favorite attachment is our 1710 backhoe. I can’t explain why, but I just really enjoy using it. I think it’s the same reason I loved digging holes in the dirt as a kid—there’s something inherently fun about getting dirty and even more so when the thing you’re digging with has an engine.

6.8.2008 027The next implement I’m pushing for is a hydraulic logging winch. My goal is to get a sawmill within the next couple years, and the winch would come in handy, but that’s another post for another day. All in all, Mah definitely earns her keep around here and she’ll be around for a long time to come, I imagine.

6.8.2008 029Do you guys have any pieces of equipment, large or small, that are staples at your place?

xo,
Heather

The Secret Orchard – Part One

If you saw my last post about my dilemma choosing white paint, you might have noticed something was amiss when you saw the picture showing our house. Why are all those tree’s cut down? What’s with all the stumps?

The secrets out. We’re taking down some big old (dying, dangerous) pine trees to make room for a beautiful orchard and berry patch. It’s completed in my head, and trust me – it looks good.

On Sunday morning, our yard looked like this.

Late Sunday morning, while I shoved my face with this unbelievably delicious Farmers Market Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, from Keough Family Farms in Paris, Maine, Mr. A was up to no good. Or rather, lots of good. Lots and lots of wonderful pitchy loud noisy good.

No, I didn’t eat that entire pie. Yes, I did eat the rest of it. In the morning. I have no shame when it comes to Strawberry Rhubarb pie.

By early Sunday afternoon our yard looked like this. Mr. A had to stop using his chainsaw for about an hour while the neighbors grand-kid got married in her yard. Who doesn’t want a chainsaw ripping in the background of their wedding?

Let’s get a better perspective a la Mr. A and the point-and-shoot.

Throughout the week Mr. A worked hard digging up stumps, in the rain.

Have I ever mentioned I love him?

I do.

Today my yard looked like this. By the way, that brush pile is massive. Using Mr. A and our tractor as a gauge still does it no justice. Yes, that tire is coming off the brush pile.Yes, that is our ‘lumber yard’ in the background. We actually do use it. You should have seen it before the barn was started.

So, as of 7:00 on Wednesday night that’s where we are now. Mr. A back-hoeing the stumps out. Tom Cruise judging carefully analyzing his every move.

Winnie and Primrose enjoying their bones, not caring a bit what’s going on in the background.

And finally me, who completely forgot to make dinner because I was so excited to see my Orchard come to life that I’ve been dreaming of. I ended up making some soup and egg salad sandwiches. Ok, I admit I only made the egg salad, I heated up some soup. It however, was delicious.

On a side note, have I ever mentioned Primrose’s ridiculous ears she does when she’s incredibly excited/cheeky? I’m not sure I have.

Until next time my friends. In the mean time, I will be sure to keep clicking photos, hopefully not forget to feed my hardworking stud-muffin and you can rest assured I will be eating lots, and lots, of Strawberry Rhubarb pie.

Happy Landscaping and Pie Eating,

Heather