Sunday, November 29, 2009

Before & After - The Kitchen Door Yard

The kitchen was another section of the house which received attention.

First, we put on new roofs, including copper flashing on the chimney.

Then painting began.

The kitchen door yard itself was tidied up, which meant transplanting all of the flowers and herbs away from the house.   With it, the butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees moved as well.   Now, grass and rhubarb are now the only greenery within the stone walled door yard.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Before & After - The Main House

Today, we sat down and went through the photo albums, looking at the progress we have made on the property.   The first and most noticable difference is in the main house itself.

The roof was given first priority after we moved in.   WIthin a few months, it was completely redone in a nice dark charcoal colour.   Painting was the next major improvement in the house...   a task which took several weeks time spread over two years.   There was no rush.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Big Ben & Piper Warrior at Play

The video says it all.....

Friday, November 13, 2009

Trailblazing Project

For the past week, we have been enjoying unseasonably warm November weather.   Temperatures have been in the 50's and 60's during the day.   Wonderful.   But even better, there are no bugs!   They disappeared after several frosts.

Taking full advantage of the weather, we've been giving our woodlands some long overdue attention.   We are finally restoring the overgrown riding trails and we're even blazing new trails!

The work is very manual and truly backbreaking.   Staying motivated is challenging, especially when the progress is slow.   But the long term vision of enjoying quiet hacks in the woods keeps things moving along.   And, after many hours of hard work, short test rides on the trails provide welcome rewards.