Jeff did catch his tractor on fire the other day. Apparently, the exhaust pipe is right by the fuel tank, and he was running the tractor hard, disking the new corn field. He was running it so hard, then when he shut the tractor off (at the edge of the field), he could hear the fuel boiling in the tank – which apparently happens… Jeff started walking toward the house, when the fumes from the fuel caught on fire, and the entire hood of the tractor was covered in flames. Jeff ran (in his words) to the house to get the fire extinguisher – Sam said he was really moving – and managed to get the flames put out. He opened the tractor hood (which by the way was still so hot that it singed all the hairs off his arm) to get some air flowing, hoping this would cool the tractor off. The tractor started right back up and Jeff decided to drive it back over to the house side and cool it off more with a water hose. After this incident, Jeff took the hood off the tractor, to keep more air flowing around the fuel tank. It now bears some slight resemblance to “Mater” – but the tractor is running fine.
Went to the Cumberland County Master Gardener annual Plant Sale and found some nice additions for the flower beds and more:
- 6 evergrees (3 blue spruce and 3 scotch pine)
- black eyed susan
- blue bell flower
- shasta daisy
- bee balm
- lilly of the valley
- 1 flat of cabbage plants
Jeff sawed off a lot of the willow trees – which not only grow around the edge, but also grow in the water. He cut the larger pieces into firewood (which Anja and Duff carted away and stacked), and we made yet another burning pile for all the smaller branches.