So, this is what approximately 150 pine tree roots look like when they’re popped out of the ground and piled in one place. When the original owner of this house planted all these beautiful trees in straight rows, I don’t believe he gave much thought to how much work was ahead for someone 40 or 50 years later. Not his problem right?
Well, we are making progress. I fired up the sawmill a few times and got some boards cut, but for the most part the weather has just been too hot for this kind of work. Cooler days ahead though and we’ll gradually reduce the log piles into something more useable and/or saleable.
As the days get cooler and fire bans are lifted, we will begin the task of burning said stumps, bringing us closer to transforming this space into something more attractive. Between milling lumber, cutting up and chipping branches and tops, burning roots, and transforming the area, we have our work cut out for us.
On the other hand, the garden is looking pretty good this year. It makes a big difference not having the shade from the pine trees. Between copious amounts of rain this year and some really hot and humid days, the garden is thriving nonetheless. Even though we were a couple of weeks late in planting, we’ve enjoyed copious radishes, tender green and yellow beans, and fresh peas. The corn is in tassel, and soon time to pull a few baby potatoes out from under their mothers.
On another note, Marilyn and I will be leaving on our vacation this coming weekend. Only two more 12 hour night shifts to go and Saturday we’re on our way to our AirBnB in beautiful Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia, for 8 days. Fingers and toes crossed that the weather will cooperate, but regardless we intend to relax in the peace and quite and maybe take in a few of the local sights and gastronomic delights.