Monday, May 30, 2011

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Old latrine in the woods

This is the old, ruined building I mentioned yesterday on my other blog. And after a closer look it does indeed seem to be laid out as a wash-house, with two rooms back-to-back as ladies and men's rooms (the door on the left in this picture would be one, with the other on the opposite end of the building) with what looks like the remains of very basic drains out through the back wall. The other door (on the right here) is a single room the full length of the building (which isn't much)  and would,  I guess, have been a single wash-room.

Another wedding :)

Laura Alessandroni just married Peter Laura, so now she's Laura Laura!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

After the movie

Holly gets the papasan all to herself :)

A boy and his dog

Crispy is watching the first of the Lord of the Rings movies curled up on the papasan with Holly :)

If a tree falls... part 2

So that tree I said was balanced precariously over the trail the other day? Well it fell (luckily it looks like no-one was under it when it did), and I didn't bring my pocket saw with me today...

Oh well, if I remember I'll bring it and take care of it tomorrow ;)

Mystery solved

I take Holly to Saxon Woods pretty much every day (as you will see if you check out my other blog), and most days we pass this little chain-link enclosed compound (it's just next to the stream where Holly likes to cool off, which is at the bottom of the hill,  downstream of the bridge I photograph every day). And I have always wondered what it is: there are banks of electrical gear, a generator, and a big hatch leading down into the ground.

Could it be a mini hydro-electric plant,  harnessing the stream; or could it be a listening post for some unknown government agency, or an entrance to some kind of underground shelter? All I knew until yesterday was that it must be something important as the dirt road to it is plowed before the road to the parking lot when it snows,  and it seems to visited by workers every day.

Well,  yesterday I finally came along when there was someone here so I could ask, and it's nothing glamorous or exciting, it's a sewage pumping station for the bathrooms up by the parking lot and the houses at the top of the hill on the other side of the woods- and right now it's lost power so they're having to run it's generator and pump into a mobile tank.

Or at least that's their story...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Monday, May 23, 2011

If a tree falls...

I had just noted over on my Saxon Woods blog that the ground was very soft with all this rain and that I was surprised that trees had not fallen, and today here is one of those big split-trunk trees down. One trunk is down off the path, and the other is leaning precariously on the trees on the other side right over the path... but I don't think my pocket chainsaw is up to this task I'm afraid :(

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sunday afternoon barbeque

Had a nice afternoon barbequing with all the family at Jodi's house. You can see more pictures in my Facebook album by clicking here :)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Confirmation Class

Setting up cots, baking (and eating)  brownies, and rehearsing to lead Morning Prayer tomorrow morning. I can't wait coz I think they're going to do a great job!

Monday, May 09, 2011

Blazing a trail ;)

Before: annoying deadfalls making the trail narrow :(
As I walk Holly around Saxon Woods I've been bothered by some deadfalls on one section of the path. These are some small trees that came down months ago in the winter storms, and have been blocking the path ever since.

Normally I actually quite like the organic nature of the trails in the woods and the way that the trails change and adapt as trees fall and block them and new paths get trodden smooth as people find routes around them. But this section of the path just annoyed me- the trees that fell are not big enough to make a permanent barrier, but they are too big to either just shoulder out of the way or snap. And the section of trail they blocked is quite straight and runs between a stream and a rocky bank, so what ended up happening was that everyone just squeezed by next to them on the narrow section of trail that was left as the ground between the trail and the stream just gets soggy and becomes a muddy mess when it rains.
Pocket Chainsaw

So, I decided to take matters into my own hands (as I guess the local authorities have better things to spend their money on than the trails in the woods in these difficult times) and I ordered a "pocket chainsaw" from Amazon that arrived today. It was quite well reviewed and is a cut (ha ha) above the pocket saws I have used in the past that are usually just wire with an abrasive coating. This is 24" of bike chain with chainsaw blades every couple of inches, but unlike a chainsaw chain they are set in both directions so it cuts on both strokes as you pull it back and forth. It comes with a nice nylon belt pouch and good, big nylon webbing loop handles that are quite comfortable to grip.

After: nice clear trail for all to enjoy :)
So, today on my walk I set about tackling the deadfalls on the trail, and the new saw made short work of it! The thickest tree I had to cut through was about 3" in diameter and I zipped through it in less than 2 minutes, and breezed through the smaller stuff.

So, with less than 15 minutes work cutting off the trunks blocking the path and hauling them and the other debris out of the way the path was clear :)

The saw has now been cleaned and oiled and put in the back of the car ready for the next time I need to do my civic duty, a good addition to my other essential dog-and-hiking gear!

Friday, May 06, 2011

Lunch at Stewart Leonards

Lobster rolls- we'll have the full lobster meal (with fries and fresh corn)  when we're here with Grandma & Grandpa in a couple of weeks :)

Poor Doggy!

I posted this on my Facebook page and everyone loved it, so I though I would share it with everyone who doesn't do Facebook too :)


Thursday, May 05, 2011

Decorating the Parish Hall

Hanging the "racing silks" ready for the Derby Day outreach fundraiser on Saturday.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Batting practice...

... in the parking lot with a whiffle ball.

Holly is an excellent outfielder (and infielder), the only problem is that you have to wipe the slobber off before every pitch ;)