Wonder in the Woods

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Falling Down

Our house is 113 years old.  I don’t know the age of the fences and outbuildings.  They are falling down now.  We have a lot of work to do this year.  We haven’t had much rain this winter and spring. It is dry and hot already.  Usually they stop the burn season on June 15. We read in the paper that they will likely cut it off early.  We have so much to do!  Our burn piles cannot get too big so we will be doing a little at a time.  Some of the fences and structures are falling down because ivy or grapes were growing on them.  Some are just falling down.  The benefit to all of this is that I’m getting in GOOD shape.  This house is going to save my life.

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I cleared this area last weekend thinking that I would grow veggies here.  The other side of the potager (kitchen garden) gets better sun.  I will plant herbs here and see how they do.

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Late evening sun.

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Brandywine and Roma tomatoes, basil, lavender, blue hyssop and oregano waiting to be planted.  They seem to be growing an inch a day in the sun of the kitchen window.

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This is where I’ll plant the tomatoes, in the areas where the grass grows best.  See our falling down fence.  This will go on the burn pile this month if we don’t run out of time.

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Taking a break for lunch.

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Chandler loves to give hugs.

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This is kind of a before picture. I had already started cutting the rose and grapes.  I’ve loved this grape-vine on the pump house, but it’s not very good for the structure.  They are wine grapes so we haven’t done anything with the grapes all these years.  Wine is tricky to make.

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The roof is collapsing.

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Kelly is pulling off the last bit that I couldn’t pull down along with perfectly composted dirt!  No wonder the roof is collapsing.

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Kelly is telling me the plan for the pump house. He is going to pour concrete around the well pump and possibly expand this building.

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Resting and thinking of what to do next.  Kelly is also trimming big branches off of the walnut tree.  I want to keep the walnut tree because the walnuts are good if I can get them before the squirrels!

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4 comments on “Falling Down

  1. Gillian
    May 6, 2013

    Wow, that looks like a lot of work! We’ve got to fix a section of roof this year, tear out all the carpeting and refinish the hardwood underneath, fix up my husband’s shop… and on, and on. It IS good exercise though! Have fun with your veggie and herb gardens!

  2. Debby
    May 7, 2013

    Work is always good when it comes to the homestead… we do a little every year and hopefully one day we won’t have to do anything. We just relocated our fruit trees into more fertile ground this morning and planted two more blackberry bushes.

    Keep up the good work!

  3. Wonder in the Woods
    May 7, 2013

    I’m glad to be able to do it. After Kelly’s shoulder surgery and back injury we are now able to catch up, especially now that I’m feeling better too. Are you blogging and posting pics of your garden?

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