Eliminated the Groundhog Den Under The Porch

Been trying to get rid of this thing for a while now.  This one cost me $1,200 a few years back because the cut my electric line that runs the well pump.

Saw a large groundhog UP ON THE PORCH!  It ran round the porch and down under the steps.  I immediately got my tools, removed the steps  and alas, there was a huge hole going under the sidewalk cement.  Repeated the same drill as the last den, fill in all but one hole, in goes the flares, then fill in that hole.


Patrick is a good shot!

Showed Patrick how to sight in a rifle today.  We did both my SCAR and Remington 700 308.  After they were zeroed at 200 yards I set him up for a long shot at 515 yards.  Incredibly he was putting shots on target!  Bullet drop at that range is about 56 inches for a 308, and there was a slight wind.  Here are some picts of the action.

Thats only about 3 inches from the aim point at 515 yards!


Barn Painted

Had the barn painted today, looks great now, really made the roof look great.  Supposedly it should last 8-10 years before the rust starts to come back through, we shall see.

The guy who did the painting was incredibly nimble on the roof, no safety line, just walking up and down the roof like it was nothing, impressive.


Finished Trimming the Hedges

FINALLY finished trimming the leyland cypress hedge along the driveway.  They just were totally out of hand, 15-20ft high, completely blocking the expansive views of the property.  If they don’t end up filling out and being a nicely tamed hedge I’m going to end up ripping them completely out.

Beepa was a big help taking the tops off to the brush pile with the grapple on the tractor.

Eliminated Another Large Groundhog Den

Out of the corner of my eye I caught a large groundhog scurrying down into this hole.  I immediately grabbed a shovel and 3 road flares.  There were FOUR entrances to the den, I filled in 3 and then lit the flares and threw them down the last large hole.  I filled in the hole and that was it…a long dirt nap.

The second picture is from 3 days later, none of the holes were dug out so I think I got them.

Lots of Wind Damage

Storm last week must of had at least 60mph winds.  Big branches down, tv antennae bent in half, barn tin roof rolling up, heavy deck chairs thrown about, and worst, AND the hinges on the new gate were bent, which was very frustrating.

Gate is Complete

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