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Use your imagination!

Do you see a lawn full of grass? Try squinting…no? Close your eyes and think of grass…image

The whole yard is seeded now and we also blocked it all off from the dogs..now we play the waiting game and sit around watching the grass grow..not too exciting. Outdoor activities are coming to an end thanks to early sunsets and lack of motivation..winter is coming.

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Posted by on September 19, 2012 in Construction, Gardening

 

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Thanks Leslie…

Tropical Storms x Freshly Rolled Topsoil / Uneven Area + 42 =

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..the 42 is for how many times I said ‘firetruck’. It was a slow and drawn out affair watching she soil wash away as it POURED..we had more rain in 15 hours then we did for 3 month over summer.

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..but, all repaired and seeded…but if I ever meet that storm in person I am gonna punch him in the face.

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And the grass is starting to sprout in the tester area too..we did not even block it off from the dogs..I wish the whole area looked like this and had grass coming up..but around 60% washed off during the storm too..good thing it was only a 12×12 area.

..and the area where all the seeds from the test area washed away to:
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Posted by on September 12, 2012 in Construction, Gardening

 

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Bolerama

I have been using kijiji.ca to watch Boler trailer sales for years and recently A* and I started looking at some of them..and within a week of starting to look a 17ft boler popped up for sale…the 17ft model was only made for 2 years and offers an whopping 3ft in length and is a little wider..good shape for a 1979 Boler and also in good working order..so we took the plunge and bought a new travelling home away from home…we are hoping to do some extended trips so hopefully the trailer will pay for itself.

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… nice little screen door to keep the bugs out.

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This is the sitting area which also converts into a smaller double bed… It is not quite a double bed but it is definitely bigger than a single bed it sleeps me comfortably I am 6′ 2″.

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This is the kitchen area a propane stove and oven a 12 volt pump water system and a propane water heater. The camper actually has more amenities then our house does.

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A bed in the back and a fold down bunkbed above it..

Along the other wall is a propane fridge, furnace as well as the washroom area, complete with shower… But it is a little cramped..

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It will also be useful in the yard as friends now have somewhere to sleep..we were always a little challenged for space in our 600sq/ft house..and 2 of my friends slept in it last night to try it out..the mini-essence of comfort…we like it!

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2012 in Construction, fun, Purchases

 

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Decesions That Weigh Heavy

Sometimes choices are easy..we took apart the old deck but when it came time ta the old 2inch thick floorboards the wood began to give way instead of the nails coming out and I was worried about ruining the wood..but it weighed too heavy move (it must weigh 500 pounds)…
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So we put it in the place next years deck (or year after). The structure was still very solid..propped it up with railway ties..

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We will get to reuse the stairs…

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Put a new walkway edge in…

Backfilled between some railway ties so no gaps are present to allow critters under our place…

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Extended a flowerbed over to the deck..

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Now…what to do with the old front part of the deck…we were thinking of using it to create a front section of the shed…we will see.

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Posted by on August 18, 2012 in Construction

 

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Roadwork?

Out hiking on the loop today and it appears that there is some improvements being made to the road that was part of our old road/driveway..it could use some improving..it would take us 9 minutes to get out to the actual road (4 during winter) when we had to go in and out that way.
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And another part of the old driveway is dry..and this is the first time in 5 years this spot has been dry. I was actually shocked.

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And with the dried up area comes some deer tracks, looks like a big one.

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Posted by on June 24, 2012 in Construction, Wildlife

 

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Brush Burn and Thieving Ravens

Getting ready for some more clearing of trees..but we had all the trees we cut down in the fall so we got to burning to make space. It was warm last week but after a couple of days of rain it was safe to burn..with fire we always err on the side of caution..especially when we are surrounded by trees:

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It might be hard to tell ( besides the fire ) but here are some after shots:

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..it really is amazing how a 2 hour burn can reduce a huge pile of brush down to a pile of ashes! You know what else is amazing..we had a daytime high of 28c 5 days ago..today the daytime high was -5c..and with the windchill it was -10c…shocking.

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..and Ma hen also abandoned the eggs after 5 days..can’t blame her, it has been cold! We will try again in a couple of weeks…hen permitting. We had the abandoned eggs in a coffee can and forgot it outside and we awoke the next day to a 3 member raven crew taking turns flying down and snatching the eggs..which is fine as they were garbage..not that we want to encourage ravens to hang around. It was actually pretty neat watching them fly away with an egg in their beaks.

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2012 in Construction, snow, trees

 

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Passive or active solar heat

..in the winter it can be cruddy coming home from work to 12c. It takes a couple of hours to get the temperature up higher so I am building my own passive solar heater..or active if I add a solar panel and fan..passive to start. I read an article on instructables.comĀ  about it..it seemed easy ro make and I have most of the material on-site.

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This early stage is fairly easy. Remove the tab, flip it over and drill a 1 inch hole in the bottom of the can below the mouth hole on the top.
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Repeat this for around 3 more cans and by my estimation you should have enough heat from the sun to heat the house during the winter…my estimation on the number of cans might be off by 300 or so..unless my house was on Mercury.
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The basic idea is the air will be drawn into these cans which will be painted black and stacked and caulked together. They will be side by side sort of like the last picture and housed inside a sealed windowed chamber..so the cans are hot and draw air up the cans and into the house..starts lower and rises. I have until October but I wanted to get started while A* is away since I cannot get rollin on the floorin until she gets back…that and fixing the shed. Boo winter…booooo snow….

Yes, someone I know drinks too much Diet Pepsi. Nobody will be complaining about how much diet pepsi I drink when it’s hot in the house in the winter (and my heart is beating 200 bpm thanks to diet pepsi..you should see my mexican hatdance when my heart is pumping like that. Impressive)!

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2011 in Construction, heat

 

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