The day after we got the keys to the farmhouse, we bought a riding lawnmower with a 48″ deck. Buying that lawnmower somehow made me feel equipped, capable, and prepared for anything. Of the tedious and repetitive tasks on the homestead, mowing the grass is probably my favorite.
One evening after work I was finishing up on the lawn, just a few more passes to go, when I came up to the top of a narrow sloped section that I had recently cleared of blackberries. This corridor is bordered on the left by more blackberries, and on the right by a fence. In the middle is a 5-foot-wide path at a 45 degree slope that termi….