And More Fencing March 2012
 

 
Fencing as far as we could go
into the forest before clearing
  We made good progress and managed to finish fencing the eastern corner completely and made a start on the front section from the gate back into the forest.

We still hadn't completed the clearing of the forest for the new road and as the fence would run next to the new road, it was time. Clearing forest slowed down progress on the fence a bit but it just had to be done.

Tractor with it's new tail - it's all about leverage
  Drilling holes into the ground we found the sand textures very interesting. The soil in some areas was very hard, some areas very soft and in other areas the soil was very "powdery". For the harder areas we had to add a "tail" to the post hole drill so that we could push down on the bit to get it to penetrate the ground. We often had to pour water into the hole and let it soak to soften the ground before we could get the drill down to the full depth.
 
Dense forest before .....
..... and nearly through clearing forest road
 
Planting poles .....
..... and completed log fence

  The Geologist  
  This "Finding Water" industry is amazing. Neither the diviners, geologists or drillers are prepared to offer any guarantees. It's simply pay and pray (with a smile) with them all. But I do understand how non-exact a science it is - how can you tell with any accuracy what is below the ground? And to find water under there you have to tap into a crack in the rock structure.

So we thought the geologist would give us the best chance and called in a Dr Steptoe as he was recomended by one of the bigger drill rig operators. He brought out his cartography maps and explained the surrounding area rock formations to us, then armed with his compass and magnetometer thingy started walking the open areas where we would have liked to have water and it would be practical to get to with a drilling rig.

Using readings from his instrument he marked out where he estimated the fault lines to be. It was very interesting to see that Kahiel the diviner's markers were often on or on extensions of his lines! And to end off, he got out his divining rods and walked the areas to confirm his instrument results.

Dr Steptoe