Monday, October 19, 2015

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I know it's been a while. I'll try to catch you up.

It was a good summer. We had a lot of rain in July, August was dry and September was hot.

 Andy found a fallen tree in the field behind his house. It was a pretty good sized oak.

 We went over to pick it up. Andy cut the logs.

 We stacked the logs on our big trailer and piled the branches outside the mow line.

 Lisa came out to help load and parked under the tree. We took a couple of breaks over there in the shade, it was a hot day.

 It was nice being able to get right up next to the tree.

 The fallen tree had made a big obstacle in the hay field.

 It was a decent size load with some big pieces.

 A few weeks before we had gone over to Kylie's to get another fallen tree. It was a big Sycamore that had fallen in her creek.We brought it home and split it.

 There are two racks this size there now and both are full.

 We got some new chickens. The old chickens are getting worn out.

 We planted some more maple trees. This one in the back yard.

 This one by the chicken coop.

 The new chickens after a few weeks.

  We have some new foster dogs too. This is Chipsey. She's a bi-black Sheltie.

 She spent a lot of time outdoors and got sun bleached. She'll be solid black.

 This is the bi-blue, Mary.

 Leo having a snooze.

 Supplies for the new fence. This year was no different. We put in fence.

 It is a replacement for the barbed wire fence between the two pastures.

 There will be a 10' gate here by the old road bed.

 An 8' gate goes in the corner.

Wire and barbed wire stretched to the first gate.

 The fence runs along the creek to the corner of the shed yard. It is field wire so we can put sheep in there.

 We hired Bobby Griffett to install the fence. This is his stretcher clamp.

 The old door.

 The new door outside. It has a storm door with a screened window.

 The new door inside. We bought it at Lowes and had Billy Tubbs put it in. He did great work.

 The wood on the right is from Andy's tree. The left is the oak from the hay field. Hopefully we won't need it until next winter.

 We still have the post wood to split for this years firewood.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Big Log

Nelson had a big log on his property that he said we could have for firewood. We got a few pieces of it last fall but couldn't get to it until this week to get some more. We got most of it except for the end that was full of wood ants.

 Andy brought his saw to cut it up.

  We loaded it on the truck. There was only nine pieces but they were big. Matthew and I split and stacked it and it filled a face cord rack.

 The driveway guys used this are for staging and left us a nice gravel drive area. It was the leftovers from the material they brought in and the demolition stone from the old driveway. It should help next winter when the mud returns.

 The other end of the driveway.

 Leo standing in for Paige. He liked Sarah's gear bags.

Saturday, May 23, 2015


We've wanted it since we moved in. We have envied others when we've seen them. Some people look at fast cars and fancy jewels with covetous yearning. Not us. We look at paved driveways that way. Spend a few winters and rainy seasons at the end of this one and you'll know why. Now we have one.

 Isaac's Paving Company came on Thursday morning in a cold drizzle.

 They removed the loose gravel and added bed rock and dense grade material.

 They spread the dense grade with the asphalt spreader.

 It made a nice even layer of material.

 Dumping in the hopper going down hill was difficult.

 They packed it in with the roller.

 It was smooth, packed and ready for asphalt.

 The guys started working on the asphalt this morning.

 The first pass of steaming blacktop.

 Down the hill. The asphalt slid out of the truck easier than the dense grade gravel but it was still slow going down the hill.

 It's beautiful. A work of art.

 Heather is coming by first thing in the morning so she'll be the first to drive on it.

 Nice wide spot in front of the garage.

 Anne and Sarah came for a dog show this weekend.