Unfortunately, the extremely dry conditions over the summer made the hardpan clay all but impossible to drill through. We were able to get 24 of the 100 holes dug before deciding that we would have to postpone the remainder until there has been adequate rainfall to soften the subsoil.
The holes we did dig provided enough work for the Ripley and District Lions Club to roar in and get the posts installed and part of the mattress coil fencing secured. And of course, the one day that dry conditions would have been welcomed, it rained!! It didn't dampen the spirits of the Lions though. What an incredible group of people! They managed to get the job done in record time (about 2 hours) AND keep a very witty sense of humour going between the members. It was a hoot!
Dave, Scott and Corey at the Hensall District Cooperative were very helpful too. They helped with the redesign of the fencing and worked out the materials list perfectly so we could fit the costs within the funded amount. They have also generously agreed to hold our unused posts until we can get the post holes dug later this fall or in the spring.
We give our special gratitude to the Ripley Curling Club who came to the rescue and provided space for temporary storage of the deconstructed springs and to the residents of the R-Villa residences directly south of the Curling Club who watched over our stockpile during its summer 'visit'. Their patience and understanding are very much appreciated.
All in all, things are starting to shape up...more to come...MUCH more.