Thursday, March 21:

Biting cold on the hill when we went up to the monastery to shift the cattle.  Still the spring-fed tire tank is frost-free.   The ground around the tank is getting a bit muddy by this time, but in another couple of weeks we will be taking the animals around to the north side of the hill and their water will come from the roof runoff of the monastery.  Large, three-hundred gallon tanks will sequester rainwater and feed it through garden hose to a moveable tank regulated by a jobe float.  This will follow the paddock and the animals all around the twenty or so acres which comprise the summer pastures.  The ground around the tire tank on the west side of the hay meadows will have all summer to recover before we put animals on it again.