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Well…

When doing the winter fence project, we discovered a well in the hedgerow.  With no end in sight to the never ending summer, I decided that today would be a good day to pump out the well and check the recovery rate.  My neighbours Grant and Gerry helped out and Manuel made a quick appearance in a supervisory capacity.  We discovered the well is about a metre in diameter by nearly six metres deep.  Cleaning it wasn’t an experience for the squeamish or those with claustrophobia.  Anyway, we’ll check the recovery rate tomorrow but hopefully we’ll be on to a new source of water for my winter planting project!

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First go round…

I’ve always liked making things but have’t had a lot of time up until recently.  I decided to make an address sign for our place so dug out a couple 6×6 rough cedar posts, milled and planed it then biscuited it together, routed out some numbers, painted and clear-coated it then mounted the finished product.  There are quite a few glitches on this project; dimensional post caps for non-dimensional wood; a few router slips (thanks to a scare one day from Manuel!) and a few slightly warped boards (clamping in one direction but forgetting the other) but overall it turned out OK.  I may do another one this winter to improve a few techniques.  I also have a rowboat to build but that, as they say, is another story.

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An auger’s abode

Manuel and his cohort, he who shall not be named, descended on Knight tonight, hungry for a few projects.  I’d been planning to whip up a stand for Bob’s auger but it was down on the list.  Luckily the slave labour arrived and I was able to put my plan into action.  This auger is a ‘bitch’ to get on to the tractor when it isn’t suspended so with this project now complete, taking the post-hole digger on and off will be a breeze.  On to the next project!  Enjoy the sunshine!

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The Rainbow Gate

Awhile ago, we finished the fence with my neighbour to the east.  I still have some more to do out the back (another 500 metres or so) but that’ll come in the next few months.  Once done, we realized that now we don’t have a way to get back and forth across to each property so I dug out an old iron gate I found out the back, re-furbished it then hung it.  The rainbow gate is the result!

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Old becomes new – well, sort of…

Finished

Finished

Starting off

Starting off

The side building at our house is like a rabbit warren, full of little rooms.  We have a pottery studio and a pet house in there along with some storage and my workshop.  The outside of the structure, however, is a dog’s breakfast of rotting tongue and groove, dripping fascia and decrepit water pipes.  While I wanted to clean it up a bit, I didn’t want to rebuild it or spend a lot of money so I just cut the bottoms off the rotting boards, added some cedar cladding from Dove Creek Timber, dropped a window in from my brother’s dump pile, trimmed everything and painted the fascia.  I added a box to cover in the tap manifold and built a few window boxes out of scrap for flower and herbs.  It’s a cheap fix and at least cleans things up for the time being.

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Waste not, want not…

I was sitting out in the workshop the other night and a stray piece of 2×6 caught my eye.  It really should have been tossed in the burn pile but that would have been a waste so I thought about what I could make out of it.  Here’s what I came up with – an iPad stand!  It actually works with my iPhone as well.  Simple and effective – here are the pics!

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Take a seat…

We have two beautiful ponds in the back, one of which remains full all year.  Surrounding the ponds are a variety of trees, some of which are quite big.  Last fall, we had a large alder partially drop so I decided to pull it out with Bob and buck it up before it fell on us.  After clearing an area, I decided to take part of the tree which wasn’t rotten and turn it into a bench; we now have a nice area, dappled with sunshine in the later afternoon, from which we can sit and watch our pond.  Now I just need a fishing pole now except the herons take care of most everything!

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The Great Fence Project of 2012 (phase V)

Not much new to report in this phase; we’re just continuing the fence line across the top of the garden, moving on to the homeward leg down the driveway.  Following this, we’ll build the gates and take a look at some pergolas.  I’m thinking about adding some hanging baskets but I’m also going to plant some new vines.  Then it’s a re-grade of the driveway, adding a compass/sundial type of thing, a retaining wall around the silver birch and then an overhaul of the side building!

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Steps of Fame…

I had a few spare minutes last night so I thought I’d build a few permanent steps for the pets to get into their little house.  It was a fairly quick project – just put together a form, levelled things and added concrete!  I’d finished things but then I thought I’d add Monty and Jack into the mix – another little memorial – so I jotted their names into the wet concrete before it set!

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The Great Fence Project of 2012 (phase II)

With the side gate complete, it was time to move on to the main garden area.  The idea with a new fence (besides being nicer to look at than a wire fence) was to keep deer out of the veggies and provide a safe, secure area for the pets to reside when we’re at work while maintaining a semblance of the view of the back of the property.  The last thing I wanted to do is create a prison in the back yard.  I think we’ve got a decent design but who knows – by the time I’m done we may be looking at the Federal SuperMax.  Old fence down – on to Phase III: sod removal and grading, courtesy of Bob.

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