Monday, 17 November 2014

If I have to build an outhouse, I'm building the biggest outhouse you've ever seen!

Well, I guess every cottage needs... Facilities.

The ground here is pretty much all sand, and there are lots of roots that have to be cut through.


It's... It's a bit big.

I guess outhouses don't have to be that perfect. But we're still going to level out the base.

We have to make sure it's all nice and square.

Make sure the roof is nice.

Biggest outhouse EVER.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

The Hut

Well I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, almost done.

Window all in and framed up.
Door installed.  This was a door that I bought one day when I was down to pick up Annie and it just seemed to be perfect for this building. 


It was easier and cheaper to use solid pine boards for the roof instead of plywood.  Total wastage was about 2 inches off the end of each board.

Looking down across the hives.

Just need the roofing shingles and then it is all done except for the battens.

On my drive home across Hockley Road I stopped to try and get this guy off the road and he ended up biting the toe of my work boot.  So I got my work jacket and grabbed him by the back of the shell.  They can almost reach their hind legs with their mouth I learned.  Any way got him off the road.  A older gentleman who stopped to help out said that they will leave a mark in a  iron bar when they snap down on it,  So I can see where a little thing like a finger would just be gone.  Glad I had my work boots on.  The reason the gentleman stopped was in my rush to pull over to get this guy off the road I sled off the road on a soft shoulder so he just hooked up to my hitch and pulled me out.  So I guess what goes around comes around.

Finally got smart and cut all my tar-paper before I left the house where it was nice and flat with a built in knife guide in the sidewalk. 

Tar-paper and metal edging all done.

Mitchell helping out with the shingles.  He nailed and I cut.

All Done

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Squirrels...Pests or Providers.

Squirrels drive a gardener crazy. This is Jesika's bonsai that she had planted early in the summer. The squirrels just keep digging all the dirt out.

Anything that's not caged, is dug. That includes any planter or my veggie patch. I do have a couple of surprises though. Chris was very happy to have them plant an acorn & a hazelnut that are both doing very well & will be transplanted over at Many-Hues Acres in the fall. I have no idea how long it takes for a nut to sprout once in the ground but I'm sure in this case we've just been saved about $200 worth of nut trees.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Groundhog Day

For the first time ever I had a groundhog visit my back garden. This little guy was actually cornered by my dogs & had wedged himself into a hole around some of my garden art behind this patch of raspberries. I had to move all kinds of stuff to free him.

After about 15 minutes, he emerged.

I've been spotted & he took off under the bunkie for about another 1/2 hour.

Sunday, 10 August 2014


This has been a very cold summer for Ontario Canada. I'm not complaining after the horrible winter we had but it's not so great for my veggies. Heat lovers like peppers & tomatoes aren't doing so great depending on where they are in the garden. I've had a small harvest and it's always enough to keep a gardener going. Kale lettuce and beans are all in abundance. One great thing is that I haven't had to water all season.

 Always a rarity...getting to the raspberry's before Chris, our dog Nessie and the birds.

My first cucumber from the driveway garden boxes.

A few cherry tomatoes from the front garden planter. I'll serve these up with a little bit of balsamic vinegar.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

The honey Hut

We quickly found that we needed our bee equipment closer to the hives so we started the honey hut for our bee equipment etc.
Starting the floor of the honey shed.  Built it in two pieces so I could move it on my own

Why is none of my building ever on level ground?  I keep hearing my wife's voice when we were first dating. "I want to own sculpted land".   Well sculpted land we have.

Deck blocks as well as braces all installed.

Widget likes it because she can get out of the rain.

Floor all down.

Door and back wall up.

Window wall all framed up.  We found a brand new window at the restore so I built the wall to fit the window.

When you work alone you have to use what ever you can.  Tie down to level up the wall.

Last wall done.

Starting the small porch.

6 inch by 1/2 inch lag screws.

Deck done.

Rafters all installed.

Picking up the pine boards for the back wall.

This car had no roof racks so I had to get inventive.

A new saw table combo I was gifted to me by my dad.  12 foot boards handled with no problem at all.

I call these our Redneck dining furniture.

Back wall all boarded up.