No Time for Old Trees

July 25, 2016 Nature, Work

That last downpour, was too much, for this very old tree in our front yard.  Already weakened by the electric company and time … We have taken quotes, and will soon have that tree removed completely.

Grapes in the Arbor

July 11, 2016 Nature, Work

Sprayed these grapes today.  With extract of Neem oil.  They look good enough … to photograph.

Woodworking in the Backyard – AKA bucking the trunk

April 2, 2016 Nature, Work

Above is what it looked like a few weeks back.  The rest are from today. Cleaning up after nature …

Some Wind

February 27, 2016 Nature, Work

I’ll need a 16″ chainsaw for this.

Finished the Roofing the Contractor Missed

November 21, 2015 Work

I just added the foam bits that block snow (we had our first snow today) from backing up the metal roofing, where it meets the house – that section has flashing over it – but the contractor hadn’t put the closed cell foam in the spaces under the flashing between the ridges on the metal roofing.  Snow would work back inside there, melt, and cause havoc to my house. Pics showing the foam bits I installed between the flashing andRead More

Barrel Stave Porch Pillars – Caulked for Painting

October 21, 2015 Work

  Started on the porch, two weeks ago.  Initial focus on the original barrel stave porch pillars.  Beautiful work. Put them back together, caulked the seams, plugged and caulked the open holes … after chipping away all the old loose paint and caulking. The center pillars have gotten two coats of white paint, since these pics were taken.  The outer pillars just one.  They all need another coat or two – but that’s going to wait until next spring. Then do the floor.  And finishRead More

Changes …

July 17, 2015 Nature, Work

This week … Honey.  The first honey harvest, actually.  Kath and Steve worked so hard – but that honey is so delicious.  And to think it came from bees in our own yard.  Wow.  It is delicious.  Yeah.  I said that.  Delicious. And this week – new roofs on the front porch and back sunroom.  Metal roofs this time.  Dark green.  Lovely.  And they shouldn’t leak (the old ones did). And, as Rob and Donna were here this week, I putRead More

A Brown Picket Fence

June 3, 2015 Work

Yeah – a brown picket fence.  Treated wood.  Love it. Missed the white the first day.  Now I’m quite happy with the posts being white, while the fence is natural wood color. If you blow this pic up, you can see how the old fence was rotting away.  Unfortunately, these guys had the really bad side down already – the side missing about 20 pickets.  Many rails had rotted to the point we couldn’t put pickets back on them.  SomeRead More

Iron Fencing

Iron Fencing

May 23, 2015 Nature, Work

Added some iron fencing.  Middle of the hillside.  Lovely. And … planted 4 more water lilies from Lowes. Two on the left of the dock, and two on the right – about 8′ out.  There are about 6 lily pads on the surface, from 4 plants.  Including below the surface, there are about 7 plants showing.


December 2, 2014 Nature, Trapping, Work

Ahhh – found the other muskrat den – in the NW corner, by the reed hutch, which seems to have been opened up by whatever.  I found it by following a stream of water from the pond, which should not have been, into the bank – stuck my cane in, wiggled it about, and lo and behold – there was open space inside my pond bank, above the water level.  I’ll get em, said the hopeful trapper.  Sooner or later.