Busy bees

Here is what we have been up to, not much farming but the fall rains are coming and we need to get the house in shape to live in safely… to prep for the electrician (complete rewire) and the plumber (complete replumb) we pulled trim and cut the lath and plaster at 40″ from the floor throughout the house.  Then we hired an amazing demo crew to come in and demo out the basement, the loft floor in the barn, and all the lath and plaster below our cut.  This will enable the electrician to get in and pull wire quickly, we also got a good look at the framing of the house (which looks amazing for 90 yrs old!), and made sure nothing else was living in walls besides the bees.  And we got those out too-took over a week and I almost got heat exhaustion, but it is done!  Oh, and we built a new set of stairs in the barn.

this fireplace is actually soapstone or marble painted to look like mahogany....it is a pretty good tromp l'oeil!

this fireplace is actually soapstone or marble painted to look like walnut….it is a pretty good trompe l’oeil!

found this beautiful floor under some gross linoleum in the bedroom with the bee closet.  I think we will clear coat and keep it as is.

found this beautiful floor under some gross linoleum in the bedroom with the bee closet. I think we will clear coat and keep it as is.

new barn stairs!

new barn stairs!

scary basement now significantly less scary...and we find out today hopefully if this old wood furnace is still useable...

scary basement now significantly less scary…and we find out today hopefully if this cool old wood furnace is still useable…

Huge huge thanks to Der Lovett deconstruction…they did a beautiful job with the demo and left everything spotless, and finished the house the basement and the barn in something like 14 hours.  They were awesome.  Now we are working on digging a ditch to the equipment shed for power, and hopefully if I get a chance building a colony for the rabbits…who do not seem to ever tire of blackberry canes for breakfast.  And did I mention?  Mustangs love thistles.  And generate a wheelbarrow full of ‘soil amendment’ every day while mowing. 

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2 thoughts on “Busy bees

  1. Barry

    Fantastic progress is obvious! I think a couple of coats of polyurethane would make that wood floor glow – great find! Once you’re “dried in” ( roof and windows keep out the rain, right?), the re-wiring should go quickly, and hopefully, the plumber won’t tangle with the electrician. I read somewhere that one horse contributes something like 153 pounds of dung a day – really?? Oh, I almost forgot – be sure to have the chimneys cleaned and inspected before using them – I had a scary close call years ago when we were red-flagged by a city inspector who found a gaping connection of our fireplace chimney to the roof area, which would have quickly burnt our new addition down! The contractor was relieved – of his duties, that is, – and we found a terrific stonemason who rebuilt the whole thing. How’s the peeps doing?

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  2. spudlust Post author

    thanks! Yes after being empty for 10 or more years we had the chimneys cleaned, scoped, and also had a mason out to have a look. We basically filled four garbage bags with the cleanings. Living on the edge of the forest we are pretty paranoid about fire….and as for the poop-I plan to write off all my horse feed as ‘soil amendments’, because that is what they become! Osprey is doing well, she finally got to see the elk come through the other night-she has a very impressive snort when she is trying to be scary. The chickens are well-two of my four pullets have started to lay-they are very small birds, some kind of banty/silkie cross-so the pullet eggs are about the size of a robins egg. Still tasty!

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