After three months, the gate is mostly finished. There are a few configuration items in the gate mechanism that still need to be addressed, but the structure and landscaping are complete and the gate mechanism is functional.
One item not installed yet is a video camera tied into the homes realtime video recording system. We’ll be able to see who is at the gate and monitor the system if necessary. I’m going to install the wireless network system to bring the home network up to the gate. You can see the red barn in the distance, I’ll mount one wireless transmitter there and another on a pole at the gate.
Here are a few pictures looking at the gate from different angles.
Looking from the outside on Old Office Rd
Keypad on the left can call up to three numbers and can be remotely programmed.
Driving up to the gate from the inside
Mailbox is a welcome addition, still need to get the address number installed
Had a great time with the kids hunting, playing board games and doing some farm work. Definitely have to do this again when they are home for Christmas. Emily got a deer the last evening we hunted, nice healthy doe that had some very choice cuts! The next day we processed some into deer burgers and some into jerky strips which she is going to make when she returns to NYC.
Crushing the kids
Heading out for the hunt
Maddy running the tractor
Maddy splitting wood
Patrick loading wood to be split
Emily made us all breakfast
Processing Emily’s deer
Gourmet venison burger
Removed 6 huge snapping turtles from the big pond. Only wish I had done this before I stocked the pond a year ago. This occurred over the full month of September.
First time the farmer has planted it here, sort of like corn but it appears to attract flies.
Great long weekend, had all of the kids down, my parents, and two of my brothers. We were busy all weekend:
- celebrated Patty’s birthday,
- brewed Springfield Farm beer from hops we grew and the local well water,
- Floated for countless hours in the well heated pool,
- Played corn hole, Left-Right-Center,
- Cut down a tree,
- Beepa bush-hogged the entire place,
- Communed around a monstrous bonfire,
- Vigorously exercised our second amendment rights,
- Blew up exploding targets.
See various pictures below.
Steve in the pool
Exercising our 2A rights
Wonder if he bites ?
Patty making the monster bday cake
Grammy whipping up on the kids in corn hole
Michael got destroyed
Mirlo likes the smell of the kitty beds
Steve & Melanie in the pedal boat
Beepa heading out to do some tractoring
Late in the afternoon the sky darkened and then it just poured, and poured. Probably a very hard rain for about 45-50 minutes. When it was done me & Patty took a tour on the ATV to see what happened around the farm. I was mostly worried about the big pond and the overflow as I’ve never seen it overflow before, although I suspect it had. Our first stop was the driveway where it crosses over the stream that feeds the pond. Seeing this I was pretty worried about what I would find at the dam.
This was the scene from the dam.
Water flows through the overflow
Overflow working perfectly, wide flat turf waterway keeps lots of water flowing smoothly but doesn’t erode the dam.
Dock is completely underwater
The ford over Mine Run is completely un-passable
Within a few hours the flow had subsided with little or no erosion thank god.
Mark relocated the hops up by the orchard. I installed a drip line on a daily timer so water shouldn’t be a problem this year. Expecting a big yield!!
New hops location