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Flowers from the garden

colourful bush in the garden

Just a few images from the garden, store bought type and wild flowers. Can you tell the difference? Click on each image to see a larger image. If your browser is small, you can click the image again to get full size.
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Planting fruit trees

This summer brings about the task of planting some fruit trees in front of the house. Something I’ve been wanting to do since moving here. Last year we planted two apple trees. So this year we set about purchasing nursery trees from Pleasant Valley Nursery in Antigonish.

We chose two pear trees, a D’Anjou and a Harrow Crisp. Pear trees need two different types in order to pollinate. Also, we chose self pollinating trees; a Tehranivee cherry, a Stanley plum and a Venture peach tree.

Here’s a before picture of the proposed planting area taken from the deck above.
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Kings United Cemetery Cleanup Day II

Saturday morning brought cool weather and overcast skies. Ideal weather for working in the brush. Still though, you have to keep an eye on your water intake. For me, I sweat a lot now when working. Comes with age I guess ­čÖé During a day like this I can easily put down 2-3 litres of water while working.

This was a big undertaking. Much more labour intensive than last weekend. Maybe that’s why most people stayed away from the request to volunteer some manual labour. Only Bruce Sinclair and his dad Lloyd showed up. We are grateful to them for that. Continue reading Kings United Cemetery Cleanup Day II

Clearing land behind workshop

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excavating behind garage

Well I finally gave up on trying to break up the embankment with the skidsteer while waiting for local contractors to show up (over a year waiting). The soil got too compact for me to break into, so I called a company from a nearby town. Blaine MacLane Excavation did a site visit on Saturday and Tuesday morning they showed up. Robert was the operator and he did a excellent job. I easily recommend them again for any work. For them, no job is too small or too big.

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Burning bush

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spring cleanup

I’ve been thinning the forest around the house since the first of March. Taking advantage of the cool temps and lack of snow. Still doesn’t take long to work up a sweat, that’s for sure. We will be chipping a lot of the felled trees but I thought I’d try a hand at burning some of the smaller boughs. There’s plenty of them. There’s just as much work involved in burning scrub as there is in picking it up and passing┬áit through the wood chipper.

Was outdoors for a couple hours. Its not work when you think of it as exercise ­čÖé . Cut down six trees, all produced a 12 footer, and a couple managed to squeak in 8 footers. One was a bit wonky. It appears to have formerly been a sheared Christmas tree that grew out over the course of a dozen years.┬áCutting it down showed that ants had made a home at the base. Had to cut away┬á16 inches at the butt until there was solid wood. It produced a 8 footer, although not much of a timber board. The base was probably 8 inches across but the top might have been 3-4 inches. That quite tapering of the tree over the first 8 ft. Its is a good indication that it was a sheared tree during its early stages.

Pine tree down

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Pine tree down

Sad to discover this pine tree down across the road today. ­čÖü It was at a turn in the road, we kept the tree trimmed over the years leaving just enough branches to walk or drive under. No more.

Always sad to see an otherwise healthy tree go down. Apparently though it did not have much of a root ball, so that played a part in its demise.

pine tree,fallen under snow load
small root ball

If the tree had fallen anywhere else I’d leave it alone, as it might still continue to grow even like that. But its in the road we use, so I don’t know what we’ll do there, mostly likely cut it down and salvage what we┬ácan for woodworking projects and the rest will go for the fireplace.


Weeping tile keeps your basement dry

Most folks don’t concern themselves with the weeping tile that surrounds their basement foundation. Its only when the basement starts to let water in that most folks find out its not working, or, find out what weeping tile is and does. Since we live in a rural part of Antigonish county, there are no municipal services such as water, sewer etc. Country living has its rewards, and its responsibilities.
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