Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Getting a Lot Done Lately

Sorry for the scant posting of late. Not having photo software capability really cramps my style. Usually I would at least post a photo or two when I don't have anything to say. Neil says he'll be out to fix it whenever his movie shooting schedule allows.

Laura and I did a massive amount of divestment, preparatory to getting everything organized. We rented a huge dumpster -- 20 feet long, 6 feet high, and 6 feet wide -- and filled it to the brim in a little over a month. A lot of flood debris, but a lot of "wreckage from the past" as well. They hauled the dumpster out on Saturday, and what a relief. Now all we have to do is move stuff around and stack it neatly. Fortunately winter is on its way, which is the season for outdoor projects of all kinds.

The two large sheetmetal sheds (8x16 and 12x24) at the beeyard were the last major remnants of flood damage. We hired a guy to dig the flood-deposited sand out of the big shed (it was 6" deep in some places) and the lean-to on the side of the shed used for storing bee equipment. Then Laura and I climbed onto the shed before the sun got too hot and covered all the seams with latex roof patch. It rained a couple of days later, and there wasn't a drop inside. Then we took out all the particleboard shelves that had been ruined by the leaky roof. Next we'll put in new shelves, and organize our stuff into some sort of logical configuration. We even installed a new door. The old door had been bowed in by the water pressure and sediment of the flood, and allowed packrats inside for almost 3 years. They did remarkably little damage, all things considered.

Next we'll move all the hive boxes and other bee equipment under the lean-to. We are moving the remaining hives to a new spot a few hundred feet north, and will use the old beeyard area as a garden. It's the only spot on our property where we can have a truckload of manure dumped directly onto the garden, and I'm looking forward to it. This will be one kick-ass garden next year.

This is all part of my ongoing project to turn Soarbird Ranch into a model microfarm on the Amish model -- everything clean, organized, and productive. I've never achieved this goal before, and it looks like -- God and circumstance willing -- we'll have things pretty well under control by spring. I'm really enjoying this. Even though the planet is being destroyed in terms of being a friendly host for lifeforms, I'm still able, somehow, to get enthused about my little projects. Thank you Great Spirit for all the blessings you have bestowed upon me.