I gave awa my tv’s and was planning on only having Internet at the house but haven’t gotten around to that. And to be honest its been like shedding an addiction. I don’t check every 30 minutes for the latest news, email or research something and usually turn off the cell phone. Instead I read, stop and think or go and look at how much a new tree has grown in a few weeks. (Surprisingly so sometimes!) Most of us don’t seem to be able to relax or when you stop to think about it, realize how odd it is to sit down for a drink with friends and everyone is checking their cell phones. We seem only connected to the immediacy of the moment – not the scale of a week, month , year or decade. Maybe that’s one of the reasons we discount things like possible climate change or our changing economic status.
We also seem to have disconnected ourselves from what we are certainly part of. Nature. Most of what we have is created from the resources of the earth and energy we extract – which is just stored sunlight encompassed in ancient biomass. We define ourselves by what we make or build then strive to separate ourselves from nature and keep it in a public park or in the country. The very thing that keeps us alive as a species we watch from our car or house windows as if its somehow separate.
Lately we seem to value more what Honey BooBoo is doing than turning off the tv, computer, gaming box, cell phone and seeing what is out there. Go somewhere and listen to the silence. Hear the birds or owls or coyotes singing. See the stars. That’s the reality of what we evolved in and exist in, not the artificial reality most of us live in today. Go watch a tree grow.
Tiling last week and mostly done. Kind of fun to do but had to move furniture from here to there and back to get it done. Books were the hardest to move.
Moved to dump truck loads of gravel over two days. That was not fun. With just a shovel it took a while. Split about half a cord of wood by hand. Will get the chain saw out shortly to get the next half cord ready for splitting.
At least now the house is semi presentable. Now back to outdoor stuff and Toronto to do some boat work next week.
Recently one evening I was sitting on the deck after a hard day’s work and enjoying a glass of wine. Contemplating all good things in life like how much wood a woodchuck chucks if it could chuck wood, when I heard a bunch of banging and rattling under the deck. Stuck my head to look under and there was a ground hog staring back at me. By time I got back on my feet to get a pole to scare him out he had disappeared.
Early next morning I went off to check the vegetable patch and there he was again staring nochalantly around without a care in the world. Much like me on the deck with my wine. Then he went back to eating my beet tops. I grabbed the a handy length of 2×4 and charged the bastard but those suckers can run like the dickens. He took off past the tree line into the next field and I made to follow him but forgot about the fence. After entagling myself from the barbed wire and cursing like a mad man I decided it was time to sit on the deck and contemplate life again.
That evening I grabbed some wine to head out to the deck (recurring theme there) and this bloody deer was eating the day lilies and had been biting off one of the high bush cranberry shrubs. This time I was clever and grabbed a handful of nearby rocks and started heaving them at the fleeing deer. Suffice it say I would starve without a grocery store nearby.
Coyotes singing the past few nights around 1 am. Quite enjoy that.
some of stuff growing now. Planted a bunch of rutabagas at the end of the weekend.
Tiled two bedrooms this past weekend and moving furniture back in. I had forgotten how much effort there is getting up then going back down constantly there was. Plus forgot the knee pads. Monday was not pleasant. At least the tile lines are pretty good even if I was having a glass of wine at breaks. I did the one below without the little plastic things to make sure the tiles are equally apart from all the others. Must have been the wine…
So far moving ahead with projects. Not sure I will get to the root cellar this year. Not enough time working weekends and evenings. At least as I sit on the deck after a hard day of work enjoying more wine ( I buy in bulk) the place is getting more comfortable and I know the animals are happy I am feeding them. Birds are. I can tell. As i sit with my 3rd glass of wine I can see the truck windshield is covered in bird shit. %$&*#(# animals
Yes that too is on my list !
I have mastered growing the non fun weeds. Turning parts of a pasture into productive area of food production is a learning experience about weeds.
Hard to tell from the picture but 2 days priot it was just vegetables growing and soil between the rows. Effing weeds shoot up really fast so trying to keep on top of them until the plants get a bit further ahead. Weeded a bit again last night and thankfully the beets, beans, zucchini , carrots etc are all starting to get ahead. Kind of reinforces my opinion that getting perennial ground cover surrounding perennial vegetables , fruits and nuts is easier and it all just takes care of itself.
Hazelnut trees are growing really well. Another year until a small harvest I think. Will figure out a small press to get the oil out which is suppose to be identical to olive oil. Still have to figure out where to grow wine grapes. Maybe a home built green house.
Prior owner planted two lilac shrubs at the entrance to the property – which I think i will call Wits End . Never really sure what a lilac shrub was until someone pointed out this is what I had growing ! Think every day I learn I know less and less. Thankfully I have an enormous head to fill with stuff.
Spent a day working off and on with the chainsaw cutting wood for the following winter. Want to get the 7 cords cut and set aside to season for 12 months. Although that amount of wood I think i will finish burning in the winter of 2020 for heating and cooking. Cutting away and trying to carefully watch that the logs aren’t about to start rolling off the pile on to me. Holding a chainsaw and dodging an 800 pound log at the same time is something i want to avoid with my lack of agility !
Usually by the end of the day I am in the rocking chair , late afternoon sun shining and dozing off. Often wake up to some complaining birds, chipmunks sniggering, rabbits watching me wondering what the hell i am up to and a couple of deer nearby showing no fear of the great white hunter. One day….