It is spring - glorious spring! The weather has been beautiful - just right for planting and working in the fresh air. We have been spending most every daylight hour outside, either working in the garden, cutting firewood or playing with the bees. The earth is bursting with new life and we are giddy with joy just to feel the sun on our necks.
One of our goals this year is to have all of our firewood cut, split and stacked in our wood huts long before the searing heat of summer beats down on this vast prairie. We have a load of firewood that was delivered earlier this spring that we are slowly whittling away. As the logs disappear from the pile, the huts fill with freshly split wood. It is a wonderful feeling of accomplishment! One of the things we have figured out over the years is that a little work every day goes a long way toward filling our wood huts before the winter snows fly. Sir Knight leaves for work early every morning, however, the children and I are home and are able to spend a chunk of time in the cool of the morning sawing, splitting and stacking. We only work for an hour or so, but our progress is swift and sure.
This weekend we made wood cutting a family affair and really made progress! Sir Knight and Master Hand Grenade both ran saws (Saw Wars) while Princess Dragon Snack and I ran the log splitter. Dragon Snack ran the hydraulics (she does a phenomenal job) as I hefted the wood. Master Calvin hauled wood from the log deck to the log splitter and the guys periodically stopped sawing long enough to stack the split wood. It was perfect symmetry. Maid Elizabeth took care of household duties (cleaning, baking and laundry) while we worked outside and Miss Serenity spent her day working in town. One more row and our first log hut will be filled! Now, only two more huts to go.
|Ready to fill another hut.|
|Our garden arranged in "square foot" fashion.|
|Potato tower cages fashioned from 2x4" welded wire, anchored with |
a metal fence post down the center (for wind).
|An 8" layer of straw.....|
|Followed by a couple of handfuls of dirt....|
|Cutting a seed potato.|
|The seed potatoes arranged close to the sides of the wire cage.|
|Master Hand Grenade arranging more potatoes.|
|Finished with a layer of soil.|
|Three completed potato towers.|
|Calvin James - "Gentleman Adventurer"|
Until next time....