Spring is definitely in the air. We’ve probably had the last snowfalls replaced by April’s showers. I’ve started hundreds of tree seeds sprouting indoors. A bunch of trees from nurseries and other perishable stock are being queued up to ship my way from several suppliers. I’ve already voted in the provincial election. It will soon be time to cultivate and plant for the growing season.

I’ve already taken a couple of tours of the yard to see what trees bear healthy buds and which don’t. There are a few in both categories. It wasn’t a harsh winter but tiny plants still suffered. I spotted one that was severely chewed by rodents but most are looking promising. Combined with improved drainage, all this planting should bear fruit in a few years. May I be there to enjoy that? Perhaps. Almost certainly I’ll have a taste of a few grapes, raspberries and Saskatoon/serviceberries this summer.

This week, I’ll tune up the Chinese rototiller. The charging circuit is not working. With my new multimeter I should be able to diagnose and fix that. I never did get a proper circuit diagram from the manufacturer. I’ll figure it out. I’m trickle charging the battery now.

I’ll also finish welding the frame for the new alternator heading east across the Pacific. I’ve contacted the outfit who shipped me the tractor to arrange the shipping of the alternator. We’ll also get on with signing up with two rifle clubs, so that I can keep my hand in and even return to the St. Charles Rifle Range where I last shot decades ago…

Anticipation can be a good thing at my age. It gives me yet another reason to keep blogging and to get out of bed each day. It’s all good.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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5 Responses to Anticipation

  1. dougman wrote, “It would have been cheaper to just buy a welder and pump independently.”

    Well, a water-pump driven by an engine would make sense but welders are pricey. I also have a lot of flexibility with phase and voltage this way. It works for me. A three-phase motor is much more efficient and reliable compared to single-phase. I am still getting a quotation for the inland freight but I expect the total cost will be less than $2K and an engine-driven welder starts around $8K here.

  2. dougman says:

    It would have been cheaper to just buy a welder and pump independently.

  3. Deaf Spy says:

    Well, definitely in the category of “you get what you pay for”. 🙂

  4. dougman wrote, “What 40.23HP motor do you plan to use drive the alternator?”

    The Chinese make several 4 cylinder water-cooled diesels, but that is next year country. For now, I will just use a small engine for specific tasks like welding with 3.2mm electrodes or running a pump.

  5. dougman says:

    What 40.23HP motor do you plan to use drive the alternator?

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