Thursday, April 1, 2010
around the homestead-more spring cleanup
Because we are part lazy hippie, part hillbilly and one of us is part Polish, more often than not our salvaged stuff just gets set where it is convenient and handy if we need it. It has no real home except up next to any wall you could prop it up against. With three small out buildings down by the critter area it gives us a lot walls to lean things against, pile against and get things some where in the general vicinity of. I have been down here 8 years and he has been here several more so you can just use your imagination and create you own vision of what all the stuff was looking like.
The last couple of days I have been working on general spring cleanup duties of branch n limb picking, weed eating dead grasses, picking up things the dogs have hauled off, giving herbs and bushes spring hair cuts and other assorted outdoor spring chores while manthing has been working on the last of our wood chores for spring. Today he needed a break so we decided to piddle about and cleanup the stuff. When we renovated the chicken coop it opened up a good size area out of the way that wouldn't serve well for any other purpose. It was however perfect for organizing and storing everything we have accumulated over the years.
Other than the fence trellises for the tomatoes that we will be using in the next few weeks, we managed to get everything away from all the out buildings, give it all a good raking, stash things away, organize it all and even found a couple small garden spots. It looks better down there than I have seen it since I have been here. We came up with a few new ideas for some of the stuff that we may try out soon and see how they work and we nixed a couple thoughts that we had in our heads for other things because after moving it all around it became apparent those ideas weren't feasible after all.
Our next BIG clean up will be the tearing apart the old fifth wheel and salvaging everything we can from it. That is going to be a huge and messy job that is going to take some time but should give us lots more stuff to use around the homestead. It was set up to be fully self contained and run off a battery bank and propane so everything from the system will be used eventually here on the homestead for a small off grid set up. All the windows will be used for cold frames , the cushions and mattresses are going to become my arrow targets as I have bad aim and need large targets. The tin will be kept to roof and side an out building and who knows what other neat stuff will come of it. I know it will free me up another large area for, oh I dunno maybe another garden.
Now that we are getting things all cleaned up and spiffy I have vowed to put all stuff from this day forward in its proper location. Things really do look so much nicer .