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Happy News Year!

Better late than never. A* and I have not really had many NEW jobs, activities or things to do as of late and as such we don’t post much..cause there is nothing to post about which has not been said on past posts and I am not a huge fan of posting the same things over and over..so here is a post about plowing snow with the tractor..We DID have snow in December..then it all melted but now we have more snow..exciting!!

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Other than this, going to work and Holiday funtimes with family things are fairly steady around these parts. Lugging wood, cutting kindling, shovelling, checking trail cameras, plowing, cutting trails through the woods..sorry to be less than exciting but such is life! Take care and Happy 2017!

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2017 in snow

 

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Tractor Play Areas

..ok, lets see how the old Almanac does this year for its predictions on storms and weather. The first real snowstorm always looks so nice..

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and A* and I have a tractor play area..last year it was stumps and piles of dirt..but after a spring, summer and fall of small moving jobs with the tractor the area is actually fairly level..too bad the land isn’t even ours but the owner appreciated our moving the piles of dumped dirt/stumps and leveling the area. More work to do but behind those stumps covered in snow is a massive pile of manure..maybe next year the area will be more grassy ( if the owner lets me spread the manure everywhere it is level that is).

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2016 in Construction

 

End of the Season?

End of the Season?

Looks like winter is here..the end of all things green and wonderful.
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But before we got the snow we had a nice day to finish up the chores. Drain cistern, give everything a go over, turn off the outside water pipe..all the same as every fall. A new addition this year is removal of the gutters in prep of snow sliding off the new metal roof.

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Everything we planted this year seems to be doing OK. Having spent so many years monitoring the (so many) plants and shrubs and watching progress has made landscaping easier..at least from a recognizing standpoint. While we wait for the snow to start sliding off the roof ( and it ending the sliding) we have to plan and prep cutting area and plan an extended garden with a small orchard.

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2016 in Gardening, landscaping, off grid, todo

 

Mmmm…that is Smooth!

..no, not the driveway, or the road to the driveway. or the road to the road…but it is the road to the road to the driveway! The area has never been paved and in the spring and parts of the winter it is a potholed mess of a disaster..I am sure the local mechanics are not happy about the paving job but everyone else who has to use it is loving it!

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Posted by on November 22, 2016 in Construction

 

Pre-Vermin Fillup

..we have not had any trouble with mice since before we moved in…but there have been some signs of activity underneath the house in the form of gaps between the gravel and insulation, incessant Loki whining near the deck, light noises and there is fact that we have seen mice go underneath the house. WInter means cold weather and mice ( or rats) look for nice places to stay during cold spells and rather than wait for them to break into the house and setup for a long winter slumber we applied some more gravel around the perimeter of the place to shutdown any access points…

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..and let the waiting game begin..leaves are almost all off the trees which means we will soon have a winter deluge or 7..crossing our fingers for light snowfall this winter!

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Posted by on November 8, 2016 in Construction

 

Garden Overhaul

..A* and I have been talking for quite some time about a larger garden area..and next year we are going to make it happen. The raised beds did a great job for us over the years but decided with a larger garden the boxes were not needed…so we disassembled the raised boxes, transported the garden soil to 3 new(er) garden beds and flattened the whole area.

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So, RIP garden beds..may your new area bring you nothing but prosperity, veggies and worm castings.

..and covered over the Boler too..with a new method for keeping things tied down with some meshing we inherited ( truthfully we got a whole boat (31ft) but after spending around 20 hours on fixing the boat up we discovered an area of rot ( the whole lover part of the hull) and we had to set the boat out to pasture..in the form of a dump). The whole sailboat experience was really educational..in that boat ownership is expensive and best left to those who have money and live on the coast.

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2016 in Construction

 

How to Make a Huge Batch of Grape Jelly

Step 1: grow grapes and spend time nurturing, supporting and trimming the vines for maximum production\
Step 2: go back in time 3 days to a simpler time when birds did not know that the grapes were a food source…

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dang you birdholes! I had plans to eat several hundred biscuits with that jam! I think next year we will harvest a little earlier and not wait for the weather to turn cold..the birds apparently did all damage over the course of 1 day..’Hey, D- I noticed a bunch of birds in the yard yesterday’ but they were not back when I cam home today’ maybe some netting for end of season…or an early harvest..or an ambush. I have a year to plan.

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2016 in Gardening, produce