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little projects

may 2015 002The garden has gotten its first real round of work. I left a couple little rose bushes and some balms root as it is a very edible plant, and got the seeds in.  I was running the hose down from the spring itself for a few days but the water flow was just little more than a trickle by time it got all the way down tot he garden.  After I hooked the hose to the water barrel, (not to the pump) messed with the lay out of the hose, and got the air locks out of the line, the problem was solved!

june 2015 012Water Pressure!  Yeah for gravity.    Up at the little cabin I got the new pump hooked up.  It is a good deal smaller than the one I had before.  I want to use it a bit before I write about that, but its in, so washing hands and dishes just became a lot easier!

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The weather has been getting hot enough that soon it will be a perfect day for dressing up the spring, getting the box over it and beginning to dig the permanent lines.  Once that is done then the only real project for the water system (at least for this year) will be to build the solar hot water heater.  The copper pipe is still in a pile, just need to get the solder and the ‘T’s’ to put the base together.  The insulation board and the glass are waiting against the green house as well.  One project always tends to lead to another.

May Day

The day started out a bit cool but about perfect for sitting outside with a mug of hot coffee.  While debating if it was worth starting a fire in the house or not I got to watch the humming birds come in.

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Of course they had to argue a little of who had rights to the feeder.  They buzzed around so fast it was hard to even see where they were going.

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James and I went up the road to help the neighbour before we set to work on our own projects. The main goal of the day was to get the plumbing in place to get the water to the house.

may 2015 004We lifted the barrel higher than it was originally to try and improve the water pressure but we still didn’t get as much as we wanted, certainly not enough to get my hair clean in a shower, so the 12 volt pump was inserted into the line.

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The water goes down and around the window garden.  They will be wrapped in foam and hopefully the front green house will be in by this fall and the water system further protected but if not, it will have to be all drained.

may 2015 006The old water line is all connected, the hot line is not in yet, but that will be a project for next weekend.

may 2015 008While cleaning up I went ahead and put the doors on the front and closed the ends quickly. They need a little trimming but for now it closes in the end.  Nights are still getting frosty so the little garden is still covered.  The plants that were put in are doing great and today the radishes started to show up.  Maybe by tomorrow the peas will pop up their heads as well.  Spring is definitely here and progress is starting to be made.

Flowers in th Rain

This morning I woke up to the patter or rain on the roof.  It was just cool enough to need a fire in the house.  I made coffee and waited for James to wake up.  We read out of Watership Down then went for a walk.

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The rain was little more than mist by then but as both of us enjoy the rain it made the walk ever more enjoyable.

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More and more little flowers are popping up and starting to open.  The weather has been cooler than last few days but they seem to like the cool spring weather as much as I do.

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The mountain side are now full of little birds as well as little flowers.

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The bird song echo off the mountain as they endlessly call back and forth to each other.  One has made it his endless task to try and get in through the window, tapping and tapping at the glass to find passage.

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He is a fast little thing and made taking the picture difficult but I snapped few.

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Bench update

The soil is in.  It is the native soil that will need some amendments over time to keep it rich enough for a raised bed, but with a little peat moss added in and a bit of potting soil to lighten it up, the SOIL is IN!  I went ahead and planted a few herbs I had picked up in the live herb section at the grocery store.  I am not sure they will be able to make the adjustment but no harm in trying.

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I dropped in a celery that had been cut off.  I have grown several in a bit of water but never tried it putting them directly into soil.  Its an experiment.

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James went ahead and planted the seeds for peas, collards, spinach and radish in the bed. From the inside this looks to be the grandest window box ever.  There is nothing like getting your hands in the soil and putting those little seeds in.  003

Budding Tamaracks

You know spring has truly arrived when the Tamaracks bud out.  yesterday green appeared.   april 18 002Along this draw we get to enjoy a far wider variety of trees than much of this part of Montana. We have everything from the very common Ponderosa Pine to Cedar, Cottonwoods to Tamaracks.  The shades of green are every shifting through out the year with splashes of orange and yellow flashing out in the fall.  I love to watch the changes but spring with the soft tips on the Blue Spruce, the glossy shine on the cedar and the budding Tamaracks are is my favorite time of year.

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from spring to winter return

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With the weather feeling like spring, robins out and about, James and I took advantage and went for a hike behind the Little Cabin.

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It was a very steep hike but the view is rather impressive from up there.  We made it about half way up and could begin to see hints of the weather to come.

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Just after sunset the snow began to come down and the temperature dropped.

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Sunrise revealed that winter had returned.   It was about 8 inches that had arrived and with just enough melt before it froze that once again the car is at the bottom of the drive and the hiking up and down returns.  It looks like the weather will begin to warm back up again for another round of remarkably early spring weather.