Tools of the trade

If working in “feels like 36 deg C” doesn’t bother you, then you just have to do it in gum boots and long pants. And leather gloves.
To protect your body of course. Removing acres of barb wire is not for the feeble willed, and to add insult to injury we were treated with being bitten by black, horse, deer and moose flies every minute of the day. Being doused in “deep woods off ” had absolutely no effect. 

Welts. Lots of them.


2 thoughts on “Tools of the trade

  1. George for the horse flies etc. Use a smudge, get a jam pail and put a small amt of kindling in the bottom then fill the can with fresh green grass. Keep the can near where you are working. You will smell like a Woodfire but that’s what keeps them off. Also wear dirty sweaty clothes, and I know it’s hard but try to not be so clean. Our northern crews were plagued the same way until they observed the natives were not being eaten alive, they stopped bathing in the river at night and wore dirty clothes working and the flies stopped plaguing them.


    • Hey thanks – got it – be dirty be bitten less. On certain days that might help less though – we were already filthy and sweaty galore. I thought my pants were on the verge of standing themselves up!

      The flies are so bad, that several cows got foot rot/ limping/ lameness from them this week – Vet’s words. All I know is that all the poor cows have bare raw skin the size of a 50cent piece or bigger or multiples thereof, from all the flies. I feel for them.


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