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July 18, 2012

Last month I went to a netloft in Campbell River where I’ve been buying 50-foot square nets

to use as fencing. The nets have been retired from their original intent, ocean fishing; but they

have found a meaningful new life: keeping deer from our fruits and veggies, and raptors from

our chickens.


I usually buy two or three nets at a time and the truck handles them comfortably.  This time

I bought a box net, which has four 50-foot square sides and a bottom the same size.  So the

load was double what it normally is.  The truck accepted it with a groan.


A double load means double the weight, of course.  Jude and I could pull the smaller nets off

the truck by hand, but this bad boy weighed several hundred pounds.  We attached the end

of it to the other truck . . .

. . . and off Jude drove.


It rolled out better than I had expected.


We stretched it out more by truck until we could manage it by hand . . .

. . . ending up with this configuration.


I was able to cut off a big chunk of the net to go over the blueberry grove we’re developing.

We’ll keep subdividing it until we have manageable sections we can roll up and store. In fact,

I’m going to go do that right now.  See you Friday.  Please stay cool and hydrated.

  1. Gordon permalink
    July 18, 2012 11:33 am

    Wow! Two pick-ups. Aside from the politics and a rifle rack or two, you guys could quality as honorary Texans.

    • July 19, 2012 8:30 am

      One and a half, really. The F-150 is on its last wheels. We only use it for chores around the farm, like hauling gravel, firewood and such — and stretching fish nets. Its tires will never touch pavement again.

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