While I was working outside with the loppers and lawn mower, in the area we intend to seed with wildflowers, the winds were pretty high. By the time I was done, I was dealing with double ear aches from it. It has since only picked up. I've just come back from a walkabout, picking … Continue reading Why thank you, wind.
After giving my hips a chance to recover, it was time for more manual labour today! Today, I decided to do a bit more cleanup around the junk pile, so I could access some dead trees that need to be taken down. Here is how it looked before I started. We have our ongoing battle … Continue reading I was hoping to avoid that
It was too dark to take progress photos last night, so this is how the dead spruce tree I took down looked when I was done for the day. When I get back to it later today, I'll be using the mini chainsaw (cordless pruner) to finish de-branching it. Depending on how things go today, … Continue reading Clean up: dead spruce, so far
One of the frustrating things about the heat we've been having is that it's preventing us from doing a lot of outside work. The sort of work that involves a level of manual labour that becomes dangerous to do, simply because of the heat. The work still needs to be done, however. So tonight, when … Continue reading Clean up: dead spruce (gotta start somewhere!)
Today turned out to be such a hot and sunny day, I took advantage of it to do a bit of work in the spruce grove. Specifically around the dead trees near where we intend to plant the mulberry tree that will be shipped later in the spring. I normally post the before pictures at … Continue reading Clean up: spruce grove, clearing to the dead trees
My older daughter just finished a whole bunch of quick commissions, and after sitting at the computer for so many hours, she really needed to get out and walk! So we headed out together, and wandered around beyond the outer yard, cutting through the old hay yard. I just had to share this photo of … Continue reading Situational blindness?
I made a mistake, when writing about these trees, yesterday. In this photo, the red lines mark the dead spruces. Counting the one by the garage, that makes a dozen trees on this side of the spruce grove, to take down. I missed one. It can't actually be seen in this photo, because it's behind … Continue reading Tree Star
It's a hot day today, but it's going to get even hotter throughout the week, hitting above 30C/86F in a few days. Plus, I'll be doing a lot of driving throughout the week. I figured if my brother could be out baling hay in this heat today, I can prune some deadwood! There were two … Continue reading Clean up: deadwood
The down side of using what clear weather we've had to keep on top of the mowing is, lots of other things aren't getting done. Today, we tackled one of those jobs (though I could easily have spent a couple of hours mowing). We worked on pruning the dead wood out of the crab apple … Continue reading Crab apple pruning
We've got ourselves a lovely - and windy! - day today. It made doing the morning rounds quite pleasant. The routine started, of course, with babies. 🙂 One of the down sides of not being able to do stairs very well is, even with my daughter at the top of the stairs to help keep … Continue reading Morning rounds