Wedding!

Diana and Robert, married on the Shiver River bridge that spans Rock Creek.
July 6, 2019

Roofing, flooring and mowing

Sid hired one of Nina’s OSU friends to help.
Doug still working on the breezeway.
Another dump run for Bill and Dee.
Bill weed whacks tall grass near the cow lane.
Sid and Diana are supposed to cut the linoleum for the upstairs bathroom, not sleep on it.
The tractor engine looks great, but the tractor will not be ready until sometime after the Fourth of July.
Neighbor youngster is helping mow with the riding mower.
Dead grand fir across the creek. Combination of bark beetle and drought possible.

Bark added, wood remnants moved

Water is essential to tree vigor.
Weird plant growing in one of the entryway fields. Hmmmm…..maybe it will bloom and help us identify it.
There is a steep drop to the left of the barked blueberries. Caution … don’t mow too close, the edge isn’t very stable.
Mystery tree death. Needs investigating!

Sawmill tour and more

The little blue flowers are flax. Non-native, but not a problem. Jarod, the wildlife biologist from U.S. Fish and Wildlife named them for us. In addition, he heard the call of a black-throated grey warbler!
Tall oat grass. Forage, not native prairie fare.
The nine-bark is blooming by the bridge.
Rogue brewery where Bill and Diana went to an event celebrating the Willamette Initiative. Really cool.
Bill and Sid hang the new screen door.
While working on keeping the loop trail clear of annoying branches, we saw a lot of blooming ocean spray and about five deer!
Sawmill tour.

Hot day in June

Mike cut up one of the huge logs at the base of the hill.
Umbrella installed on new picnic tables.
Fire season came early. We have to carry this equipment in the Ranger now.
Bill weed whacks the grass alongside Henkle.
Storing PVC pipes.

Bianca and her friends

Bianca went visiting and had an engaging discussion with five of her best friends.
Picnic tables assembled and ready for umbrellas.
Breezeway is undergoing construction.

Gate, Nina, picnic table(s) and the location of buried well pipe.

Spot where the wood pile used to be, and a peek at the load Bill and Dee took to the dump.
Fencing project is complete. This is the big fence that can allow big truck ingress and egress.
Kay and Bill begin to assemble the picnic tables – well, table. One at a time. There are two. the tools lined up are the keepers selected yesterday.
While Bill assembles the picnic table, Kay and I head into the woods to find Tiger lilies.
Amazing progress while Kay and Diana were in the woods.
Nina and Kay. Nina here for a short break for Oregon State graduation.
See the dirt trail that extends from the lower left, across the cow lane to the fence? That is where a well water pipe (one of them) that goes from the bladder stored in the big garage to the irrigation pipe that heads down to Henkle Way is buried.
More of the dirt trail.
More of the dirt trail.
Sid, marking the buried pipe.

Woods and fields and fences

This little box insulates the pipes that lead from the well to the well bladder.
Sid, operating a saw! Gulp!
While walking the fields with Paul we ran across hidden scotch broom!
Goodbye scotch broom.
Clearing forest trails is a constant.
False brome (horrible invasive) is very visible in the field. Red alder is trying to sprout in the meadow as well. Ox eye daisy blooms are visible, too.
Bill and Diana with their shovels, creating a furrow that will allow wetland drainage to cross the forest road rather than pooling there.
Road clearing required.
Preparation for moving the pile of salvaged wood
Neighbor Doug removed the old fence and is reclaiming the strip of land between the old fence and our new fence.
Gate between our property and Doug’s.
These light colored piles are what is left after the chipper made lovely smelling cedar chips out of the brush piles that were stacked there.
New water heater fully installed. CPI rebate covered virtually all of the cost of the heater.
Moving the woodpile.
New sign in place.
Sid and Bill preparing platform to hold the firewood.
Nice!