Friday, August 24, 2012

Hold Your Water

Back on the barn rebuild project.  Adding water and a conduit for power. Not having to lug water or use a flashlight makes a world of difference to a barn. Especially when it's forty below!  Being able to heat the stalls should make an easier time for winter arrivals.  It was some of the hardest digging we've done on the place - six feet down, the bottom three feet rock hard compacted clay.  I am seriously thinking of making my own bricks!
Tough digging even with a mini excavator. 

Water in the Barn!

My friend Dan from the Coast came up for a vacation.  Some vacation!  He jumped into the project list and we've made some great progress.

Hurley, the Pyrenees giving instructions to brother tom and Dan.

Dan filling the Piggy Pool
While we were backfilling ditches we came across some treasures: a couple of four foot steel wheels!  They are now gracing the house gate. We added two remnants of an earlier era on the farm. They are the back end of  sickle mowers, the wooden parts and blades long gone, yet the wheels still turn.  Sturdy cast iron construction, one of the mowers a John Deere.

Of course, the real yard Boss showed up to check out the placement of some found treasures.

We took a day off and went exploring for Tetzalto Mountain.  I spotted it years ago on Google Maps and we finally made it over 75 kilometers of logging road.  Some of them active, some barely discernable.  An astonishing lump of volcanic rock. Reminiscent of Ayers Rock in Australia.  Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately)  the only way to get a perfect view is by hiking or using a kayak on Babine Lake.
The best view we could get without strapping on the hiking boots

It would be a pretty tough climb!

We stopped at an old barge landing on Babine Lake and Dan, like a duck to water, couldn't resist trying it out.
going to miss these warm summer days!

Pigs will root.  They have managed to root a berm up against the fence line Shorting out the bottom electric wire.
Pssst, buddy, pass us the keys..

Lucy, trying to tunnel into the pen
Hope you find some treasures in your life this week!

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Grandma gets a Make Over

We have a second house on the property.  We call it Grandma's in honor of a grandmother who made it her home before we arrived.

It hasn't been occupied for about nine years, near as we can tell. We've been looking for the right tenant that would trade housing for some occasional babysitting when we decide to go rock hunting.  It's a nice little place but needed a bit of work.  New roofs on the porch's, refurbish all the water runs, cracked after some very cold winters. Had a tenant lined up but that fell through, but were still refurbishing it as energy and money allows.  Quite nice inside if you like late 70's decor.  That will change, with new flooring, carpet and some updated paint and siding stain.  The front veranda, with its sweeping view of the valley panorama below is one of the best views on the property. We've spent a couple  of nice evenings, sitting there, sipping
coffee and admiring the full moon. not to mention a few coffee breaks with the supposed decking crew.

We hired a crew to help with the deck replacement but so far they haven't made a lot of progress. Apparently a union shop and the coffee breaks are retroactive to the date of the house.

Since the last post we have changed the garden portion of the West Fence to a seven strand barbwire.  It's tight enough even the puppies can't get through. The rascally sheep ( Shogs ) have had a couple of runs at the carrot and beet tops.  Thankfully they are growing back, and this will put a stop to their shenanigans.

Lucy, the coon hound on summer vacation has a new Bo, who has taken quite a shine to her.  He follows her around

Hurley ( in the background, laughing): " Lucy and Louie sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g!" 

Today's projects include some more fencing.  Two bulls on the property mean the fences have to be very strong.  While we were installing some fence posts they had broken - yes broken not knocked over, we discovered a trove of wonderful black top soil in a low laying field so we're going to do a test dig today. The spuds need hilling!

We are on summer hours now.  Working these warmish August days is best done early in the morning and later in the evening..

 Hope you have some one in your life who has taken a shine to you.