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See Ya Later Cookstove

Well…we love our Enterprise cookstove but tending the small firebox constantly, double splitting wood and less heat have finally forced the issue to the point where we made a change. The cookstove is going to the shed ( for some envisioned future expansion ( or a rust pile)) and we bought a new woodstove with higher heat output and longer burn times. Takes bigger pieces of wood too which will cut down on splitting time substantially. We have had a propane stove for 3 years so the cookstove was not as necessary as it was in the past.

We will miss you! Thank you for the 10 years of awesome service!

The light from the stove is also awesome at night.

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Posted by on October 18, 2018 in Construction

 

New Bed Beginnings

…this was the beginning. What started with a group of 3 bushes became 11 new bush beds and 20 bushes. A* will not upload the shots from her phone but I am hoping she will read this and post them as a last resort.

 
 

Some Like it Long

Added a new food bed. We took out the raised beds we had near our dwelling and have been growing only tomatoes, peppers and zucchini since that time. The bed soil from the raised beds went into 2 other beds with 2 haskap(s) and a goji shrub and the other bed is (now) filled with oregano ( 8ft x 5ft). Great soil but we wanted to start fresh and do some experiments with augmenting our clay soil so we can do more with it in the future instead of trucking soil in to grow ( spoiler: we do buy a little for top dressing ).

This new bed is in a wetter area ( during wet weather anyway) so we thought it would be a good spot to plant in the future with raised beds. We dug a 35ft x 4ft(ish) rectangle in full sun down 1ft to break up the soil. Next we took 4 tractor bucket loads of soil which was originally the plant matter for the area. When we cleared the land with the tractor I pushed all of the top layers of soil and dirt into a mound and let it all sit and break down. Now after 3 years the soil seems rich in composted vegetable matter. Still some clay spots but not too bad as it seems broken down.

Finished off with a truckload of some good garden soil and in a week or 2 we will mix in some sheep manure and cover the whole thing for the winter and test the soil in the spring. Hopefully it all goes well and it is our new model for bigger beds in the future!

..been working on a publication for my mother and I still have an Adobe Spark account for 3 days. Neat little program ( I used it with an inDesign publication )..but I digress. The moral to the story is don’t expect more artistically motivated pictures ( yes, I am looking at one of you ).

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2018 in Construction

 

Decluttering

For the last year I have also had my clothes in a different room ( my thinking was that having 1/3 of the space filled with my dresser and side of the armoir was not worth the 45 seconds a day I spent getting ready) and after a year A* decided to join me and we moved everything ( except her dresser ) into the spare (J*) room. Makes for a cleaner room which we want to be in and that led us to changing it up in the living area too.

Over the years thinking about some of the things we hate about our place..and usually things centered around lack of space. There are limits to what we want to build so we thought that one way to create more space would be to remove some of the things which are taking up space or too much space for what we need it to do.

Sold the couch, seated mirror, coffee table, small table, chest ( which was our counter in the kitchen for 10 years ( served us well and we sold it for the same price as we paid for it ( but I was willing to burn it if we could not sell it!)) and got rid of our old IKEA bed which was our ‘..well it still works..’ bed which we got it from a friend for $100 back in 2003..still worked but resale was not much of an option. We did replace some things…a full length wall mirror, my grandmothers old bed (which A* just refinished) and a smaller coffee table is in our purchasing future too.¬†We realize it will have more in it soon but we like it wide open for now!

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2018 in Construction

 

Beach Power Pellets

Odd. A* found this on the beach..I thought it might be slag or something. A rock?..could it be a power pellet?

..and speaking of power pellets, long explanations and zucchini based baking, this was my first attempt at zucchini loaf ( the pacman cake for those playing along at home). Trying to find a way to deal with the onslaught of zucchini coming in from the garden..a good problem to have when solutions taste this good. Sure, the copious amount of honey has something to do with it.

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2018 in Construction

 

Recent Trail Shots..

..some shots from a recent trail camera time period. Lots of fun stuff going on but with 3200 shots we decided to limit it to the abnormal ( mostly ). Soooo many shots of us and Loki but most of them are the same..a tree moves, a truck goes by, tractoring, Loki chasing squirrels, Loki chasing deer, Loki chasing woods demons ( only she can hear or see but she seems confident that they are there ), chores..etc. It is fun to review the shots but after 15 minutes the shots all seem the same. I did start wearing a cowboy hat to make my security camera shots seem more entertaining so stay tuned, I should have one up in another 8 months or so. Battery life is amazing in this trail camera.

Yes, I love my hiding spot (I moved it finally ), the longest I have ever had one of the cameras in one spot. I also lost one of my other spots too when the birdhouse which usually holds it finally disintegrated. Not that a mourning dove ever set foot it it ( I guess poorly designed overly big birdhouses are not their thing).

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2018 in Construction

 

This Hausen is No Home – Making a Wood Hausen

..more wood stacked. Money in the bank $$!

We tried something different for stacking wood this time and cleared an area in prep of levelling off the area and create some more shade. Our place is hot in the summer and with no shade in the front of the house we are looking to create a level and relaxing place IN THE SHADE. I wish we had thought of this earlier!


..start with something covering the grass/gravel to prevent grass and weeds growing..We put a middle support and attached a string ( to measure the circle )so we would have a consistent circle which we could taper as we got higher in the hausen.


..and several tractor loads later..done. Needs to be covered but it ( theoretically ) should shed moisture well ( once covered ). This one hausen is about 1.5 cord of wood. We did 2 haausen with some leftoever stacked on the side and it is ( by our guestimates ) 4 cord in total.

…and the start of the levelling process..once we remove the remaining railway ties we should be able to begin creating a shaded area near the house. We do need to remove a tree or 21 to optimise the shadenicity. Yes, I made that up.

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2018 in Construction