Clean up: old dog houses moved

Brrr, today has turned out to be chilly!

With some help from my daughter, though, I was able to get a lot more done outside than I expected.

First on the list was to move the old dog houses to what I hope will be a permanent – or at least long term – location.

Unfortunately, things are really level in the area I wanted to put them. After discussing it a bit, we decided which space was the most level, then hoisted the dog houses over.

They are not as stable as they could be, but we will work to correct that when we winterize them.

The cats were very curious about the whole thing! πŸ˜€

We placed them at an angle that I hope will prevent wind from blowing right into the openings. I want to figure out how to add more protection from the wind to the opening facing north west, since north winds are most likely to be an issue.

We place the openings in opposite directions as a way to avoid potential cat fights. This way, cats that don’t like each other can avoid each other completely, and still access the shelter.

We also moved the table from behind where the old wood pile was.

It’s now sitting where I originally planned to put the dog houses.

The cats were once again drinking rain water from it. I think they just like being able to drink water from higher up! πŸ˜€ Before we moved it, there was one kitten drinking from the soup bowl (which still has an old golf ball in it), while another was drinking from the tea cup.

Silly kitties!

The larger dog house that was in where the old wood pile was did not need anything further done, but the smaller one that was by the house needed a bit of clean up.

I had cleaned up around and under this dog house last year. Which was a truly interesting experience. This is what was under it, before.

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Yeah, that’s the head of a snow shovel, and the lid from a toilet tank.

It was a lot easier to clean up, this year. πŸ˜€

I’m going to enjoy not having to maneuver around that thing with the riding mower anymore!

Not that I’ve had to do much of that, this year. It’s been so dry, I haven’t needed to mow in about 2 months. Even with the rain we’re getting now, the grass still hasn’t reached a height I would consider mowing. With the temperatures dropping as they have been, I think mowing the lawn is done for the year.

I just have to make sure the weeds don’t take over this area, until the grass spreads into it.

What little straw that was there was added to the mulch in the old kitchen garden, and the sheet of plastic that was under there to keep the wooden legs of the doghouse off the soil was hosed down and set aside. I’m sure we’ll find a use of it!

Meanwhile, I also got more work done on the retaining wall, and I’m very happy about it.

That will get it’s own post. πŸ™‚

The Re-Farmer

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