MENNONITE WORK HORSES PARTIALLY FRAMED BY A CEDAR RAIL FENCE
Cut a few more shrubs down this morning & had to revert to the chain saw for one stubbornly small Maple tree stump. Using a chain saw is a last resort for me & besides it's so dull it would be an effort to cut through a soft half pound of butter . Hate all that noise a chain saw makes. My outside saw of choice is a Swede or Bow saw. Does a good job & no noise. Rains began around 10 so that was the end of my yard work for today.
REMOVED THE PEA STONE FROM THIS AREA & MAY SOD IT & AM GOING TO RE-LOCATE THOSE FLOPPY HOLLYHOCKS & TALL YELLOW FLOWERS
REMOVED AN OVERGROWN FLOWER BED FROM THIS DIRT AREA
Pheebs & I came across an old tumbledown house Thursday morning on our travels. It's actually the second time we've stopped there. Same house as my buzzard on the chimney photo a few days ago. That day we just stopped on the road & took a few pics. Thursday morning we got out & walked in the driveway. Had a photo of this crumbling house & it’s old windmill in Friday night's post. Could tell it was a big old fine farm house in it's day which I'm guessing was probably built early 1900's some time. Big basement & large rooms for an old house. Windows were different than one normally sees & saw some brick work around the basement windows. House was too far gone to get inside besides it was so overgrown with vines & trees it would have been hard to find a door anyway. The whole back portion of the house was collapsed. Oh the stories this old house could surely tell.
Yes it's true, I mixed up my roles with my rolls. A reader noticed I had used the word 'roles' in describing what I used in my sod project Friday. I suppose you could say those 'rolls' of sod did have a 'role' to play in instantly transforming a brown space in our back yard to a green space. Sodding is one of those things I know a little bit about. My very first big official paying job of ever was laying sod. I lasted a whole day. When the sewage treatment plant was built in my hometown of Tavistock Ontario a call went out for any local lads to help lay sod along the huge embankments. I think maybe 3 or 4 of us village boys signed up. It was summer time & it was hot & humid. And it was hard dirty work down on one's hands & knees working with heavy rolls of sod. I drank so much water that day I was sick. Probably why I don't like the taste of water to this very day. I think my friends were back on the job the next day but I wasn't. It was my first experience with real work & I was not impressed!! In later years I worked for a landscaping company in Kitchener & day after day we did a lot of sodding in new housing developments in Waterloo. I somehow managed to last longer than one day at that time.....but it was an effort.
VIEW OF OUR NEW LITTLE GRASSY SPOT FROM OUR CAMPFIRE AREA
HAD ONE ROLL OF SOD LEFT OVER SO PLACED IT IN AN AREA WHERE I MIGHT DO MORE SODDING…THE BLACK EARTH AROUND IT IS TO KEEP THE ENDS & SIDES FROM DRYING OUT
BOB FROM ATHENS had a question in our comment section which asked, “You often comment about hauling yard waste off to the dump, why not get a chipper / shredder and make mulch out of it” ? Luckily the Park we live in has it's own yard waste dump & a lot of the stuff that ends up there is already chipped which means we always have a supply of wood chips if anyone wants them. Living in a Pine forest like we do the Park owners have their own equipment for dealing with all the downed branches from storms etc & one of those equipment pieces is a large chipping machine. Fallen branches are chipped & taken to the yard waste site. Unfortunately we do not have the type of flower beds that would benefit from wood chips. And free wood chips at that…………………
Surprised this morning to see we had another Blog Follower. I do try to keep an eye on that Followers list just in case somebody does happen to make it through the Google maze & land themselves in the Blog Followers box. A big Bayfield Bunch welcome to Monica from COLOR MY WORLD WITH WARMTH. For all you quilting folks out there I'm sure you will be most interested in this Blog. Looking back over a few of Monica's posts I see a lot of really nice colorful quilts. I can see why she named her blog ‘Color My World With Warmth’. Thanks for dropping by Monica:))
ONE OF MY LEATHER MOTORCYCLE GLOVES WAS IN NEED OF REPAIR SO FOR THE SECOND TIME IN 19 YEARS I HAD TO RE-DUCT TAPE IT AGAIN…OH & HAD TO RE-TAPE THE LITTLE FINGER WITH ELECTRICIANS TAPE TOO…NEEDED TO FIX THE GLOVE CAUSE SURE CAN’T AFFORD NEW ONES
A few months back a reader questioned the use of all the commas I used in my posts. I'm still not clear where commas should & should not go but the readers comment has stuck in my head & if they are still reading I am hoping they are seeing less commas:))
PHEEBS WANTED ME TO INCLUDE A FEW MORE PICS OF HER ANIMAL FARM PALS
GROANER'S CORNER:(( Dieter's Psalm......Strict is my diet. I must not want. It maketh me to lie down at night hungry. It leadeth me past the confectioners. It trieth my willpower. It leadeth me in the paths of alteration for my figure's sake. Yea, though I walk through the aisles of the pastry department, I will buy no sweetrolls for they are fattening. The cakes and the pies, they tempt me. Before me is a table set with green beans and lettuce. I filleth my stomach with liquids, My day's quota runneth over. Surely calorie and weight charts will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the fear of scales forever.
Mary announced that she was going to start a diet to lose some pounds she had put on recently. "Great," Sue exclaimed. "I'm ready to start a diet too. We can be dieting buddies and help each other out. And when I feel the urge to drive out and get a burger and fries, I'll call you first." "Wonderful," Mary replied. "I'll go with you."
Beautiful job of the landscaping as usual, Al! Looks just great.ReplyDelete
Landscaping and playing in the yard keeps you busy and you enjoy it.ReplyDelete
Punctuating is a problem I have too, but we do get the point across right?
All your beautiful green plant, shrubs and forest look sooReplyDelete
good to us hot, dry central California folks.
Thanks for going back and getting more old homestead fell down pics. We had several houses near us like that when I was a kid. Always wondered what happened to the family.ReplyDelete
Sharping a chainsaw blade can be calming and fun to do. There are fancy tools, but I just use a round file and guess ta mate the angle and then go back around with a flat bastard and all works well again.
Someone said that they liked your map. Then someone else said that they could not see your map.ReplyDelete
I am in the I don't see your map camp. Is it me or thee?
I see the map a few inches below the Comment section - and it's a big one :-). Love the old homestead photos. There's something "right" about the land slowly taking the building and returning the space to nature. Rather than diminishing the human memories, it absorbs them into the spot forever.ReplyDelete
Your yard is beautiful!!! And I love old falliing down houses and barns. To bad they can't talk. Oh the stories they could tellReplyDelete
I'm guessing those must be Comma Llamas.ReplyDelete
I,too, enjoy the photography of and old ramble shack of a house...Something draws me to them, and I think it is just like you said..If those walls could talk...ReplyDelete