(Edited July 2019: The Photobucket fiasco had me pessimistic about this thread because of all the images that were lost. Once they changed their policy and allowed the images to be shown again then I decided to continue with this thread, but I lost a year plus of updates. Below is the remainder of the post after my original bellyaching about PB.) There's not a lot to update! I've broken my little Husqvarna lawn tractor twice in the last month, having no fun repairing it. It put me off the idea of a cheap starter tractor from the 50's or 60's because my time is limited and I'd rather spend it doing things with a tractor rather than doing things to fix a tractor. I'm taking a trip to the Kubota dealer to see what they have. I may look at other brands as well but my gut so far is telling me to go orange and I probably will. Even though there's over 45 acres here and over 40 acres at the other place the actual acreage I will maintain with it would be more like 5-10. I plan on taking Hunter63's advice and go a bit bigger than I absolutely need to, so a utility sized tractor rather than compact or subcompact. We'll see where my ambition and pocketbook line up. Garden is going well. I've got the fight with Japanese beetles like everyone else it seems. Found a nice apple tree and what look like two other old fruit trees, one of which is being ravaged by the beetles and one with a good crop of smaller apples. Next year we will prune and spray them and see what we really have.