Spring is finally here. . .well almost !
Just when I thought I might take a picture of our Spring like weather it snowed. It is snowing heavier than it did all Winter. "Two steps forward one step back" is the way Spring comes around here. Since the official beginning of Spring here the day time temperaturs have been above freezing. With a little rain and wind the snow rapidly disappeared. A couple of hours ago I was out in my shirt sleeves trying to install some electric fencing to contain my pigs as they had begun to plow up the lawn around the house and they seemed interested in exploring the dirt at the side of the road. They even took it upon themselves to get the calf to join them and go visit the neighbours while I was distracted trying to install a new water pump. For the sake of neighbourly relations I had better get them under control.
Prior to Amalgamation when our unorganized township became part of West Nipissing, animals could roam about, "range law". With the exception of bulls over 10 months, it was not the resonsibility of farmers to keep their livestock contained. it you didn't want your neighbours cattle in your garden it was your responsibility to fence them out. While most farmers tried to contain the animals, this law let them off the hook if the accidentally got out and ended up in someone's garden. Now alas, the situation has changed. The loss of range law is just one of the freedoms we gave up though amalgamation. In exchange, we got highter taxes and a a meddlesome bureaucracy. They do seem to plow the roads in Winter a little faster which is the only improvement I see in service.
Gee! don't I sound like a red neck local conservative. "The governement that governs least, governs best." I may have to turn in my socialist credentials. Life is full of contradictions.