Friday, February 6, 2015

Renz Barn

This is known as the Renz Barn that is located on the refuge.

You are looking at it from the inside on my new ride!!!

The ground was WET but we went anyway.

We are clearing out almost all the trees in this area...more prairie!!!
Others have bulldozed and we are to plow.

This is our brand new tractor...I love it.

I was able to plow right through the boggy ground without getting stuck!!!

Looks pretty snazzy don't you think?

I had the big plow behind me...have to really watch as I drive through the cattle guards on our way out...Wallace was behind me in the other tractor.

This tractor has the training seat in it.
Darrell is certified to train in heavy equipment and now he has a seat of his own!!!

It still has that new smell to it. It has a radio and a/c with all the fancy things you can think of.

AND it is still fairly clean!!! However, now it is a little on the muddy side.

Thought you might like to see what it looks like from inside with all the levers we use.

Now on the steering wheel is a control you have to use to go forward and reverse before it ever moves.

The tractor on the left is the one I used last year. They got rid of the one Wallace he gets that one and I get the new one. 

It didn't take us long to do this little patch, but it will need to be done at least one more time after it dries out a tad.

This is the way it looked when we finished. We went all the way to the treeline. 

Those trees will be coming down and this area will be planted later.

There are two huge live oak trees on either side of the road as you enter.

Above our heads was this beautiful sight. The bees have really been busy here.

Until next time...


  1. Nice piece of equipment.... But I like seeing the bees at work even better!

  2. I had no idea that they could put an official "training seat" into a tractor. Better than having your instructor standing outside of the door, for sure!!

  3. That sure beats working in a VC in my book!

  4. Part of what I really loved about volunteering was learning to used equipment I had never used (or maybe never seen) in my working life. Great fun!

  5. Very nice John Deere you have there! I'm sure it will bring you years of service! As a woodworker I'd love to get a look at the trees you are taking down!
    I've never seen a beehive getting started before, made me look up the process, which is fascinating! Hope you don't have to take down that tree anytime soon!

    Heidi Sutton @ Ag Source Magazine