The rebirth of a country school

Month: April 2015

Real work begins again

Weather in the 60’s, blue skies, fair winds.  Let the real work commence!  First on the list, a little window work.  Before…
Window Work - before
and After (or maybe during.  It’s all really during, isn’t it?…Window work - after
Just a couple more to go on the east.  Next week.
Ditch digging.  I dug this all by myself – the great canal to the woodpile.  Just hooking up a little shower for the creature comforts later on this summer.  A SHOWER!!!!  Can’t wait!
As always, there are still plenty of trees and fallen logs to collect.  Cutting this piece of pine up was interesting…Heart pine
This board was taken out of the window well. It still has the bark on it from long ago.  Very interesting! Bark board
The woodpeckers have been hard at work too.  Lovely to look at, but perhaps it’s time for them to move along.
Woodpecker work
By the end of the afternoon, it was time to focus on inside again.  Moved floorboards to storage for later refinishing, and Boo practiced just how it would be when it’s all done and she can sleep in front of the cozy stove.
Dog and stove
Is this what you would call dog tired?

Tenacious Trees and Cockleburs

This weekend was all about wood.  Chopping it, picking it up, stacking it. Repeat.  I thought if I cut off all of the branches holding this monster up, it would come down all by itself.  Sagg



Tree almost fell down. Almost.

Tree almost fell down. Almost.










Turns out, it was more tenacious than I thought.  Here I’ve got all the branches off the ground, and still it stands.  It sways nicely, so I think I’ll just leave it and see if wind, gravity and the course of time will take care of this….

If only this was the one and only to tackle, life would be simple.  But there are more, including this beauty which is unfortunately no longer among the living.

Big Oak


But all the work did yield some interesting finds.  This was tucked back under some woodfall…target practice anyone?



Lucky even got into the action.  He decided his job would be to collect all the cockleburrs in the neighborhood.  He did a fine job!  What I find even more amazing was his ‘after’ shot…he looks about 10 years younger…I’m thinking of shaving my head too…..


Cockleburr dog







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