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Raymond Richard
05-13-2010, 09:49 AM
One of the things that happens when you get so wrapped up in making knives that other things get pushed aside and in this case fences get lost. :D Actually not just the fence but almost 1 acre is almost totally covered with blackberry vines. A good 15 years ago I'd pretty much gotten rid of these creeping vines but the more I got into making knives the more these weeds took over. I've been told more than once to get goats and I did but that was short lived. They were replaced by an old goat.

I did do a little forging this week.


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stabber
05-13-2010, 09:58 AM
Blackberries are DELICIOUS Ray!!2thumbs

Mike Turner
05-13-2010, 10:30 AM
Ray get some goats the will eat those blackberries ;).

Raymond Richard
05-13-2010, 10:31 AM
Blackberries are DELICIOUS Ray!!2thumbs

Actually they are one of my favorite berries but they are very evasive. Someone liked these berries so much they decided to bring them from Europe many years ago. I'm trying to figure out away to send them back. Let me know if you would like some blackberry starts........

Rock
05-13-2010, 10:32 AM
I hate it when I can't find my dogs and I know its time to cut the yard. I'd pave it if I didn't have dogs and a kid!

Eli Gautreaux
05-13-2010, 11:05 AM
Ray, you're wearing a jacket still! It's already hot in Texas, lol.

So what's in the forge, I'm on my phone and can't quite make it out :D

Raymond Richard
05-13-2010, 12:47 PM
Ray, you're wearing a jacket still! It's already hot in Texas, lol.

So what's in the forge, I'm on my phone and can't quite make it out :D

Eli, I tried picking up the berry vines in a T shirt. After an hour my arms were so scratched up I thought it best to wear something with sleeves. The jacket is just protection plus it covers up my carpenters crack.

Mike, Tried the goats years ago and they didn't impress me. Didn't have them around long enough to fine out if they were as good as everyone seems to think they are. Next time the neighbors two goats come for a visit I'll send them down to the creek.

James Terrio
05-13-2010, 03:31 PM
I'm thinking blackberry wine, yum!

I have many fond memories of picking blackberries and raspberries with my folks on camping trips. Dad liked 'em so much he would plan our summer vacation for when they were ripe :) You really do need long sleeves, those bushes will kill you with a thousand tiny cuts.

I can see where they would just about take over your yard if you let 'em, though.

Gil Brown
05-13-2010, 04:20 PM
Ray,

Man that looks like alot of work. I have some "Agent Orange" from the old days in the garage. I'll send you some.....................

I think some bangalore torpedoes would work too.

Can't wait to see you

Gil

Peter Killgore
05-13-2010, 09:05 PM
I've heard it said that you might be a redneck if you ever mow your lawn and find a car. Cutting blackberries to find a fence isn't as bad as that(now there's one guy out in our neck of the woods who would find a railroad car and an old Cat if he mowed his "lawn").
Looks like quite the job. I never liked taking out blackberries.

Raymond Richard
05-13-2010, 10:18 PM
I've heard it said that you might be a redneck if you ever mow your lawn and find a car. Cutting blackberries to find a fence isn't as bad as that(now there's one guy out in our neck of the woods who would find a railroad car and an old Cat if he mowed his "lawn").
Looks like quite the job. I never liked taking out blackberries.

Peter, an experienced blackberry remover. I'll keep that in mind.

Gil, Those bangalore torpedoes would certainly do the trick! I'll have to check at the military surplus store and see if they have any on hand. :D

Rock
05-13-2010, 10:36 PM
I was eyeballing that gas can pretty hard!

Mark Behnke
05-14-2010, 07:48 AM
Ray, if you take a break please keep it short,....don't want to have to send a search party out.

Raymond Richard
05-14-2010, 09:19 AM
Ray, if you take a break please keep it short,....don't want to have to send a search party out.

Mark, As long as I don't fall asleep I'll be ok with the breaks.

I just went out to check the mole traps and took the camera with me. Here's the area with the blackberry jungle.

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Denny Eller
05-14-2010, 10:51 AM
Simple solution, Ray - napalm.

Raymond Richard
05-14-2010, 06:13 PM
Simple solution, Ray - napalm.

Dent, I really would like to save the trees and pasture. Napalm is a little over kill. :D

Raymond Richard
05-14-2010, 10:10 PM
Here's something else I found hiding down by the creek where the blackberries grow. I've lived here 21 years and had never seen this view before. Looks like part of a tree came down.

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Mike Barton
05-15-2010, 02:41 PM
Looks like part of a tree came down.

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Ray,

What a visual blessing you received. Hope you can enjoy it when you need a minute or two to reconnect with nature.

Raymond Richard
05-15-2010, 03:46 PM
Ray,

What a visual blessing you received. Hope you can enjoy it when you need a minute or two to reconnect with nature.

Mike, When the weather is nice like this everyday is a visual blessing. The day I spotted Mt Hood through the trees was a bonus!

Eli Gautreaux
05-17-2010, 01:00 PM
That's a GORGEOUS view Ray!

Martin Brandt
05-19-2010, 12:49 AM
Gorgeous view Ray, Speaking of blackberries, once I had to cut an escape tunnel about 10 ft into a big patch of blackberries for a guy in swim trunks and bare feet after he was ejected from his VW minivan when it was hit by a log truck. The logtruck hit the rear quarter panel and spun the VW and the driver (drunk) was spit into the berry vines for a life saving dynamic stop that was probably very painful when the booze and shock wore off. The vines closed up on him after he was pitched in, and he was just plain caged. We left him there until we had treated his more seriously hurt passengers. Talk about a million painful cuts OUCH!!. They saved his life while hopefully teaching him a wicked lesson.

Mike Turner
05-19-2010, 01:07 AM
Here's something else I found hiding down by the creek where the blackberries grow. I've lived here 21 years and had never seen this view before. Looks like part of a tree came down.

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Dang Ray now you got me wanting to clear some blackberries, maybe I have one of those hiding too :haha:.