Mid April

Trillium
New windows being installed
Ranger back from servicing
Weird growth on old stump
Robert sees that the creek is now a bit lower. Don’t back up!
Too cold to swim, Tory dear!
Zachary and his dad.
It looks as if Bianca is biting a bolt that holds the bridge together….

High water

The swimmin’ hole is a raging torrent !
No easy wading across Griffith Creek today.
At last, a puddle that Bianca can enjoy.

Large wood inspection and cement pour

Cement trucks are pouring cement into the new laundry room .

Kathleen and Brad look at the big culvert that brings Griffith Creek onto our property. Brad was pre-touring the large wood placements and other water related matters in preparation for the Master Woodland Manager class that will tour on our property in early May.
Easy fish passage here
Pacific waterleaf (hydrophyllum tenuipes) flowering by Griffith Creek
Log placement forced a new channel, part of its job

Yew tree by Rock Creek
Yew twig on the left, Grand fir to the right

Ranger service, hydraulics and more!

Bert came to the farm to pick up the Ranger for servicing in Tangent.

Unk’s daffodils in full bloom
Bill and Dee tour Karen F-H’s property with other Small Woodland Owners club members.
Hydraulics (I think!). Concrete gets poured over the floor tomorrow.

Remodeled bathroom and certified tree farm

We got our American Tree Farm System certification! Too bad we got only one bumper sticker.
Sid remodeled the downstairs bathroom and fixed the toilet leak that had been active since before Unk died!
The little pump house is ready for the city water pump to be installed.
Bianca, meditating.

Lovely March

This sensor is near the water meter located just as you enter the woods on the loop trail. What is it?
New apple tree
Just to the left of the big garage you can see the frame for the city water pump being built.

Sid the plumber at work fixing the toilet leak and painting the bathroom.

Cement, scotch broom, trail clearing and a new bathroom floor

Did someone drive into the ditch? All ended well. No damage to the Ranger or to its driver!

Pretty bluebells growing in the woods.
Bianca is, as usual, being helpful as the cement truck pours cement for the city water pump floor.
Well pipes are also placed in the concrete.
Even after a couple of pulling sessions, scotch broom remains on the site near the field.
Some improvement can be seen, but at least one more pulling session is required.
Whaaaat? A scotch broom plant showed up uninvited to the field.
Sid is working on replacing the downstairs bathroom floor. Mold covers the subfloor where there was leaking.
A tree blocks the creek trail.
Lumberjane at work.
Tree blocking the creek trail came up by its roots.
Horrible bald-faced hornet nest in the big garage!

Working in the snow

Bill, Bianca and Izzy … pruning apple trees

Bianca wants to help, but isn’t sure she can hold a saw

Izzy cuts limbs and Bill and Bianca stack them

Two dead apple trees removed and the remaining trees pruned. The slope is bereft of good soil, so some spring fertilizer will help.
Kay removes an obstruction from the loop trail.
Bianca helps Diana saw a tree that fell across the loop trail.
Snow falls in the woods.
Izzy gives Kay apple tree advise. Note the fresh mulch under the apple tree.

Winter!

Who felled this tree?
Bennie Beaver?
Under the floor heating put down in preparation for the cement layer
Big wood still in place
Old bridge almost gone
Bianca footprints to the left, bunny prints to the right?
New load of oak firewood for Bianca to chew.
One pile stacked on porch, and one to be tarped for later.