Monthly Archives: April 2014


Wow, it seems like the few tantalizing bits of spring we had just last week all intensified almost overnight. We had planned to spend the weekend focused on building a treehouse in the woods, and were making progress until Saturday … Continue reading

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The typical phrase is “spring has sprung”, and while that may be meteorologically true (recent snow notwithstanding), we’ve got so much springtime stuff coming up in the next few weeks that the present progressive “springing” seems more apropos. Next week … Continue reading

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Early spring morning in the garden

After many days of inviting 50- and 60-something temps, this feels like a bit of a setback. But as young Nora remarked when we were driving through the heavy rain yesterday: “at least we’ll have lots of May flowers!”

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Picking up after pruning

We’re taking advantage of a non-cold non-rainy day to get the pruned branches out of the garden/orchard area before the April showers make the ground too soggy to drive on. With chicken helpers, of course.

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New (to us) Workshop Door

The workshop door was in some very seriously sorry shape:  As could have been predicted, a hollow-core unfinished wooden door can’t really handle being an outside door. Fortunately, I was able to get a solid wood door at the Habitat … Continue reading

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Studio Demolition Progress

Amy spent some quality time working on the studio this past weekend while I was pruning fruit trees. The dropped ceiling in the basement is missing, and a room that once had carpet now has none. And my special lady … Continue reading

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Little Flower

The woods are waking up – I love the waves of colors that sweep through the ground level before it all settles into its summertime shade.

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Catch-up Pruning

When we arrived at this land it had twenty or so mature fruit trees, most of which appeared to have been trained and pruned at one point, but seemingly not since the 20th century.  We pruned a few last year, … Continue reading

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