Labor Day Weekend 2016

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

Steve in the pool

Massive bonfire

Massive bonfire

Exercising our 2A rights

Exercising our 2A rights

Snapper

Snapper

Wonder if he bites ?

Wonder if he bites ?

Patty making the monster bday cake

Patty making the monster bday cake

Grammy whipping up on the kids in corn hole

Grammy whipping up on the kids in corn hole

Michael got destroyed

Michael got destroyed

Mirlo likes the smell of the kitty beds

Mirlo likes the smell of the kitty beds

Steve & Melanie in the pedal boat

Steve & Melanie in the pedal boat

Brewing

Brewing

Master brewer

Master brewer

Pistol practice

Pistol practice

Beepa heading out to do some tractoring

Beepa heading out to do some tractoring

Flash Flood!

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.

Driveway inundated

Driveway inundated

This was the scene from the dam.

Water flows through the overflow

Water flows through the overflow

Overflow working perfectly, wide flat turf waterway keeps lots of water flowing smoothly but doesn't erode the dam.

Overflow working perfectly, wide flat turf waterway keeps lots of water flowing smoothly but doesn’t erode the dam.

Dock is completely underwater

Dock is completely underwater

The ford over Mine Run is completely un-passable

The ford over Mine Run is completely un-passable

Within a few hours the flow had subsided with little or no erosion thank god.

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Finally moved this massive red oak

This red oak fell last year, and we’ve slowly been chipping away at it.  Today we cut off everything we thought we could split and moved the remaining trunk to an out of the way resting place.  JJ had his brand new John Deere tractor there to help as it was definitely a two-tractor job.  If it had gotten away from us when going down the hill it would have ended up in the pond.

Further down is a short video of the operation.

Double teaming the monster red oak

Double teaming the monster red oak

 

Hedge Trimming

We had originally decided to trim the leyland cyprus hedge along the driveway from 15ft to about 10ft. I stood in the pickup truck bed and did about 100ft of the hedge before I changed my mind. I didn’t want to be standing up here in the pickup truck year after year trimming these hedges. I moved the pickup truck and trimmed them down to about 5.5ft, a level I can easily reach without a ladder. They look a little rough now, but they really open up the view from the front of the house, I like it.

Here is what it looked like when I started today, as viewed from right in front of the porch.

What it looked like when I started today.

What it looked like when I started today.

 

Initial hedge trim at about 10ft high

Initial hedge trim at about 10ft high

 

Here are some pictures of the final cuts, MUCH shorter.

Ended when the rain started, still have another 100 ft of the tallest bushes left.

Ended when the rain started, still have another 100 ft of the tallest bushes left.

And before the rain started.

Almost done for the day.

Almost done for the day.