Out Your Back Door

Discussion in 'Your Vintage Home' started by BobHufford, Jul 17, 2016.

  1. AbbaDatDeHat

    AbbaDatDeHat I'll Lock Up

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    Daddy needs a new fur coat??
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  2. Woodtroll

    Woodtroll Practically Family

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    That's pretty neat, as long as they don't start tearing up stuff. I think raccoons may be the most destructive animal for their size, but bears are, well, as strong as bears and can sure tear up things!
     
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  3. Just now coming back to this. Was there any hardwoods worth taking to a saw mill, Bob?
     
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  4. At least 150 oak and hickory trees down. We were supposed to have a logger in this week to get the trees out of the “yard”, but it has been too wet. Access to many of the hardwoods are through National Forest land and there are all sorts of hoops to jump through there as many of those trees are down and there has to be a bidding process for salvaging them before the logger can reach those down on us.

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  5. Didn't think about access thru the Mark Twain. Hope some good can come from all of it.
     
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  6. Bugguy

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    I had some scrap from a fence I tore down, aged cedar. I used some to make a couple of blue bird boxes and got them up about two weeks ago. SUCCESS!! I attracted a pair... this is from this morning.

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    Mom on the fly...

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  7. Woodtroll

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    Good job and nice photos! Bluebirds make great neighbors.
     
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  8. The yard is a bit of a mess right now ... but getting better.

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  9. This fellow stopped by to share his condolences on the loss of the trees. And to aggravate the dogs...

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  10. Woodtroll

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    I know some cultures consider a visit from an owl a bad omen, but I think they are really amazing birds. I especially appreciate the great horned owls - lay their eggs in the snowy weather, and still tend them well enough to turn them into young owls. Their calls seem to be common here on cold, dead-calm mornings.
     
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  11. Zombie_61

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    Well, if they'd move that ugly ass truck out of the way... :D
     
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  12. Bamaboots

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    Heavy rains and straight line winds rolled through about an hour after the crew finished erecting the new fence. It was close.
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  13. ^^^^ Dang Greg. Glad it didn't go towards the house either.

    We have most of the trees out of the yard. Just have to clean up the smaller pieces and tops of the large oak, hickory and walnut that I didn't want added to brush piles. And then get the holes filled, the drag lines flattened and the road gravel back where it belongs. I've pretty much written off this summer for any other projects I had planned.

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  14. I miss those pines ...

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  15. Zombie_61

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  16. Woodtroll

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    We've recently had to cut some mature trees that had gotten big enough to threaten the house; most were saplings or wrist-sized when we got married and moved in here. We also recently lost a couple of big white oaks to age/disease that were large trees when my granddad was a young boy playing under them. I was really sad to see them all go, so I know how you feel and sympathize with you.
     
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  17. Bugguy

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    Is this what a bluebird fledgling looks like? The head is sort of blue.

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  18. MisterCairo

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    File ours under "work in progress".

    We built between 2018 and early 2019 on a family 100 acre farm in Perth East, Ontario, near the hamlet of Amulree.

    The old farm house was demolished and the rubble burned on site. After moving in April 6th 2019, we have slowly been working on interior and exterior projects.

    Both views are from our dining area, part of an open concept main floor (we built a bungalow). First is facing east, and you can see the effects of a dry spell on the grass, seeded last autumn.

    The second is the back, facing due north. Projects seen include a garden area excavated and placed with armour stone, with a dry "creek bed" feature to allow for drainage. At the end on the right is a French drain, where the rocks are about four foot deep with an attached draining pipe.

    Armour stone retaining walls and steps help with the slope, which is tough to mow using a tractor, and was necessary to allow us the great feature of a basement walk out.

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