Second Floor Starts & Time to Harvest the Garden

September 14 to 22, 2013

The crew is gone so it’s just Ken and me working on. The second floor joists are up and there still a lot of floor to glue and screw. Not quite as much as the main floor, but enough for me to appreciate the job Pat and Ken C did. The view from the second level however is spectacular.

View while gluing and screwing down second level floor

View while gluing and screwing down second level floor

Tuesday the girls arrived, Kelsey and Kerry. No gluing and screwing for them – they are scared of heights so can’t be coaxed to work up top. And their flip flops aren’t exactly work boots.

Kelsey and Hanna - flip flop injury

Kelsey and Hanna – flip flop injury

K&D putting down second level floor

K&D putting down second level floor

But they were a great help in getting the garden off. They dug all the potatoes (about 25 hills yielded 3-5 gallon pails), picked all the tomatoes (about 12-5 gallon pails) and picked a garden cart full of various types of pumpkin and squash.

Girls in the Garden

Girls in the Garden

Super Carrot - organic steroids?

Super Carrot – organic steroids?

Garden Bounty - one days work

Garden Bounty – one days work

And Hanna was glad to have them around as they were always ready to play.

Kayaking with Hanna

Kayaking with Hanna

The Girls -Kelsey, Hanna and Kerry- go for a ride

The Girls -Kelsey, Hanna and Kerry- go for a ride

Kerry, Hanna and Kelsey, best buds

Kerry, Hanna and Kelsey, best buds

On Thursday the forecast called for rain, lots of it. The girls were off to Strath to pick up a bale tarp, 40 feet by 100 feet, big enough to cover the house. Since there was no wall construction on the second floor, we figured we could drape it and drain the water off. No sooner did we get started when the rains came. We got wet and muddy but got the tarp on. As the rain picked up, it became obvious that the big open area above the living room was going to become a swimming pool as the tarp sagged in. Our solution, drag in the rain barrel with the spigot on the bottom. We poked a hole in the tarp and the rain rushed into the barrel. A hose out the bottom of the barrel safely diverted the water out and away. Pretty ingenious if I say so myself.

One way to drain the water

One way to drain the water

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About Darlene & Ken

Experiencing life off the grid, building a home, and trying to live sustainably.
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2 Responses to Second Floor Starts & Time to Harvest the Garden

  1. Since when are Kelsey and Kerry scared of heights? I remember them goofing off on top of the ramparts of the castle in Alicante. I was freaking out, but they had no problem with heights then.

  2. Forth photo up is how I got to your blog!

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