|The sawmill stands covered to protect it from rain.|
Well, the barn project is at a standstill for the moment. Dan needed to order new blades for the saw mill, which means no lumber making until they arrive. In the meantime, he's been busy with a few projects which have been on the to-do list for quite awhile.
One weekend we rented a chipper for our numerous piles of brush. There are plenty of sticks and branches from firewood, but using our own trees for lumber had really created quite a few new piles. It was lovely to get the place cleaned up, and very nice to get all that much-needed mulch.
I would so love to have an industrial-size chipper of our own, but even used ones are out of our price range.
Another clean-up project was to clear out the barn-building area, where we've been storing various materials. Things like a pile of railroad ties we got for free when the railroad company tore up a nearby track to make a bike trail. We've debated what to do with them, and finally decided to use them for a project that went on our 2012 Master Plan.
|Idea for laundry greywater soil filtration bed. The pergolas would be used|
for vining plants to shade the windows from the afternoon summer sun.
Dan used the ties to make the bed.
It will be awhile before we get the greywater hooked up, the front bedroom windows replaced, the rest of the siding put up and painted, the pergolas built, and catchment tanks hooked up to the downspouts, but it's a step in the right direction.
The next thing Dan did was to finally put in the garden gates. Two years ago this month we put up a fence around the garden in hopes of deterring deer and stray dogs from destroying it. Dan allowed for two gates to access the garden from the front of the property. We weren't ready to install the gates at the time, so the openings have been closed off with welded wire fencing.
The first gate is wide enough for a vehicle to pass through.
This allows large and heavy equipment access to the garden and also the new doe pasture beyond.
The second gate is a smaller equipment gate for the tiller, lawn or sickle mowers, or my large garden cart.
Dan made his own latch for this one.
I have one more project to show you, but it deserves a blog post of its own. I'll tell you all about it next time.
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