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Artemesia has been
putting so much food in her belly lately that she's a bit ungainly on
her feet. Meanwhile, the only good grazing is now on steep hillsides
full of thorny blackberry brambles. So while it's been
cold and wet, I've been pulling honeysuckle off the side of the barn
and taking it to my pregnant doe in the coop. (No, of course she's not
The trickiest post of
remodeling (for me at least) is deciding how much of a perfectionist to
be. For example, in the bedroom there's a lot of water damage in the
ceiling tiles from a leak that came before our time. I'm sure the pros
would have told us to rip the panels out and replace them...but instead
I just laid down a coat of primer and then a coat of paint.
Similarly, I decided not
with the indented lines of the wood paneling and even avoided
spackling over nail holes. This room will see low use during daylight
hours and will generally be viewed under low light, so less disruption
of my sleep during remodel trumps polished perfection. Plus, it
lets me get to the fun part faster --- painting!
Our big carrot harvest of 2016 continues to feed us and both Aurora and Artemesia.
"Wanna go to circus school
with me?" I asked Kayla one day last week.
How long was the Kubota X900 stuck
earlier this week?
Joey took these great shots of an
Arthur wall --- a heated wall to train espaliers against for freeze
protection. Since fruit plants need lots of light, you'd probably only
plant them against the south side (or the north side if you lived in
Tasmania where these photos were taken). So what would you put on the
opposite face to utilize all that heat? Perhaps a chicken coop to up
your egg production?
A thin sheet of plywood on
two hinges makes a good plywood curtain.
Back when I was first getting
the pH and ammonia levels in my aquaponics tank close to recommended
values, the water went crystal clear. I'm now realizing that sparkling
water is actually a bad sign in aquaponics.
I end up doing 90% of the
wood splitting with the biggest wedge.
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