Lifting an 18-pound tamping rod a thousand times to firm up the footing for posts, boring 4 holes with a hand auger, and sinking four lag bolts into salt-treated posts takes a toll on the arms. Fortunately my oldest son, Will, helped with this last task, as well as holding our new farm gates level as I secured the hinge brackets. Now the gates are up, ready to admit our visitors.
A hand auger delivers more torque than a battery powered drill.
Will Marsh, sinking a lag bolt.
The gates are up.
Sunday brought cool weather following an overnight rain. It was a perfect day for a canoe outing, for scouting tree house locations, and a little bit of climbing. I also found a lone red bloom bobbing on a morning glory vine in the field, and I noticed that even the blooms of noxious weeds like nettle are beautiful when you don’t have to contend with the thorns.
Annelise and Maclean are learning to handle the canoe on their own.
Annelise, out on a limb.
Maclean in a tree.
A lone red morning glory.
Delicate blooms on nettle weed.
Finally, I planted some seeds from our Sweetshrub plants. Calcycanthus floridus, also known as Carolina allspice, strawberry bush, and sweet Betsy. I collected the seeds from this season’s seed pods on the plants at our house, which grew from seeds my father gave me from plants in my parents’ yard, which grew from seedlings we harvested in the wild over 30 years ago. The native shrub will make a nice addition to the natural area near where our driveway will cross the creek.
Seedpods and seeds from Sweetshrub, or “Calycanthus floridus.”
A couple of tasks down; a couple of thousand to go.