Jamey has slowed up a bit on his wood hoarding. The pictures below show less than half of it. We're managing just fine without a truck. Some we've had delivered, some has come from our own property and some Jamey has gleaned here and there, using the trunk of his 1995 Saturn (making several trips). We're learning that there is a science to this wood-burning thing and we love everything about it. We're also learning that most pharmacists think it's weird to be driving a 17 year old car. And at least one pharmacist doesn't:-).
I don't think I told you how he cleaned out the chimney, did I? He bought a contraption that attaches to the end of his electric drill. The drill spins a wire brush around that is sent down the chimney, knocking off the creosote. Jamey really wanted to know how effective this system was, so what did he do? He put his smart phone in a ziplock bag, tied it to a string, turned the video camera on and sent it down the chimney before and after. There were some tense moments as it got a tad stuck around some elbows, but it worked and so does the wire brush spin-y thing.
Jamey burned our dead tomato plants because of the blight that ruined any promise of fall tomatoes. We're considering buying a tiller for next year. We really prefer the mulch method, but we could just not stay on top of it this year (you have to mulch super-heavily for it to work well) so they weeds took over big-time.
When we were up at my in-laws making applesauce, we picked up 10 big heads of broccoli from an Amish farm stand to freeze. I love having it on hand and since we're
We bought and planted two sweet cherry trees. When our big black walnut tree came down, it partially landed on our sour cherry tree. While it still may produce some, we wanted to get a couple more going in the meantime and opted for sweet cherries this time. I wanted them planted outside my kitchen window at the edge of the sunflower patch so I see their lovely blossoms each spring and holler out at the birds if they get too close to the ripening cherries. Listen carefully, Marie, and you might be able to hear me. Marie is our wonderful neighbor.
The pullets and cockerels are almost ready to move in with the grown chickens (although the cockerels likely won't make it in- I'm not sure what we're waiting for, but they're still hanging around). We moved the tractor down to the sunflower bed to help eat up the gazillions of grass hoppers that moved into that yard this summer. They also get to enjoy some old sunflower heads lying about. They'll help us mow down the weeds and will help fertilize for next year.
See my weeds? If not, just keep looking at the lovely fall pumpkins instead. One of the kids was preparing to plant grass seed, of all things.
Below is our poplar tree. Jamey and the kids spend hours providing a perfect example of "human dispersal" (we're studying botany this year, remember?). Jamey kicks a soccer ball up into the tree and the kids try to catch as many "samaras" (a.k.a. "twirlies" or "helicopters") as they can in containers. Or they just run through them squealing.
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