More Chippiness

The next area that needs to be cleared is the area around the big dead tree.

Vines are tangled all over the big tree.
Vines are tangled all over the big tree.

Hopefully the tree cutters will come to saw it down in the next week or so.

Before I can encroach further Charlie need to move the rain barrel and panes of glass.
Before I can encroach further Charlie needs to move the rain barrel and panes of glass.

I made a 5-foot advance at the base of the tree with the mower.

Wild grape vines get tangled in the branches of trees.
Wild grape vines get tangled in the branches of trees.

Then Charlie pulled down grape vines that had invaded the nearby maple tree.

The path next to the potager (on the right) had become overgrown.
The path next to the potager (on the right) had become overgrown.
We found some iris under the weeds. Charlie transplanted the iris.
We found some iris under the weeds. Charlie transplanted the iris.

He whacked down tall grass and weeds.

We have to ask the neighbors to save newspaper for us.
We have to ask the neighbors to save newspaper for us.

The process is to cover the ground with newspapers or cardboard.

This path leads from the driveway to the back of the yard at the side of the potager.
This path leads from the driveway to the back of the yard at the side of the potager.

Then cover the paper with chips.

The yard is becoming more manicured day by day.
The yard is becoming more manicured day by day.

This hasn’t been done since 2011.

What garden weed is your nemesis?

Ew! Just Get Rid of It

We have had a chest of drawers in the Cottage that had been in our laundry in the house.

The white dresser is very lightweight and holds bulky items.
The white dresser is very lightweight and holds bulky items.

I had decided to give it away but our future tenant said to leave it.

The photo is out of focus but the stains in the drawer were in every corner.
The photo is out of focus but the stains in the drawer were in every corner.

When I opened it to clean it out a horrible stench came from the uppermost 2 bottom drawers. They were filled with shredded paper towels, mouse droppings, and large stains.  And at least one dead mouse carcass.

We have a pile of rubbish which now must be broken up and disposed of.
We have a pile of rubbish which now must be broken up and disposed of.

We were forced to remove the dresser from the Cottage and get rid of it as trash. The smell was gross. Ew.

Do you have a delicate nose?

Rearranging the Cottage Floorplan

Glade Cottage has a floating wall.

The twin bed is positioned between the front door and the floating wall.
The twin bed is positioned between the front door and the floating wall.

Ever since the wall was built it has been positioned about 5 feet from the back wall of the Cottage.

The washer and dryer were hooked up on the back wall of the Cottage.
The washer and dryer were hooked up on the back wall of the Cottage.

It hid the washer and dryer from view but allowed easy access.

The wall behind the bed is moveable and can be repositioned.
The wall behind the bed is moveable and can be repositioned.
In the new floorplan the double bed will be behind the wall.
In the new floorplan the double bed will be behind the wall.

Our new tenant has decided to move the wall forward and to position the bed behind the wall instead of in front for privacy’s sake.

The back wall of the Cottage is plumbed for a washer including a dryer vent.
The back wall of the Cottage is plumbed for a washer including a dryer vent.

We’ll be upgrading the wall soon to serve in its new position.

Have you ever used a floating wall or solid screen to create a private alcove?

Flooring Delivered

Slowly but surely the logs from our felled trees are being removed from the front yard.

The large sections of tree are heavy and awkward.
The large sections of tree are heavy and awkward.

Yesterday our son came over to move a few more logs over to the pile near the woodshed. He has promised to come from time to time and move some more. It’s a labor intensive job.

The yard was cleared enough to back a trailer up to the ramp to the front porch.
The yard was cleared enough to back a trailer up to the ramp to the front porch.

It’s a good thing he cleared the front yard because The Viking came over yesterday evening to deliver the unfinished oak flooring that I ordered here.

The trailer holds 400 square feet of oak flooring.
The trailer holds 400 square feet of oak flooring.

As he and Charlie were carrying all 400 square feet of it into the house I noticed it was the wrong size.

The kitchen floor (top) connected well to the vintage dining room floor with 2-14 inch boards.
The kitchen floor (top) connected well to the vintage dining room floor with 2-14 inch boards.

Our floorboards are 2-1/4 inches wide.

I've decided to use this flooring that is an inch wider than the original flooring in the house.
I’ve decided to use this flooring that is an inch wider than the original flooring in the house.

Unfortunately I ordered 3-1/4 inch wood.

The conservatory floor will be laid at right angles to the dining room which, hopefully, will diminish the visual variance.
The conservatory floor will be laid at right angles to the dining room which, hopefully, will diminish the visual variance.

I checked my order form and sure enough I ordered the wrong width.

The master suite hall and closet will also be floored with the new flooring.
The master suite hall and closet will also be floored with the new flooring.

Alas, I’m just going to live with it.  I can’t bear the thought of returning all this wood and reordering. I really need someone to check my figures before I order.

Have you made an error in figuring that you chose not to correct?

Pseudo Mini-Kitchen for The Cottage

While we’re cleaning up the Cottage we’re thinking about how we can rig up a kitchen.

A drain pipe in in the corner where the standing lamp is positioned.
A drain pipe is in the corner where the standing lamp is positioned.

There is a drain pipe in the corner under the window.

Note the kitchen in the alcove behind the table.
Note the kitchen in the alcove behind the table.

I saw this adorable little sink/refrigerator/cabinet configured at Outbuilding of the Week.

A base cabinet was mis-measured for the kitchen and can be used in the Cottage.
A base cabinet was mis-measured for the kitchen and can be used in the Cottage.

We have a narrow cabinet that was left over from the kitchen remodel.

This would definitely be useful.
This would definitely be useful.

The cute kitchen website suggests a Fyndig sink and Hammarp countertop both at Ikea.

The kitchen could span the white wall and the blue wall perpendicular to the open window.
The kitchen could span the white wall and the blue wall perpendicular to the open window.

I’ll be working with a friend to design and install a convenient, compact kitchenette in Glade Cottage .

What is your “must have” in the kitchen?

Whining About a Rake

With the moving of rubble and laying chip paths Charlie has been doing a lot of raking.

The garden rake broke apart.
The garden rake broke apart.

The handle of his garden rake broke off where it joins to the business end of the rake. He tried using a leaf rake but it didn’t work very well as a replacement for a garden rake.

Rotted wood was jammed into the rake head.
Rotted wood was jammed into the rake head.

It looks like the wood just rotted away. I suggested that it could probably be fixed.

One bolt worked great making the rake secure. Two might be perfect.
One bolt worked great making the rake secure. Two might be perfect.

After cleaning out as much of the rotted wood as he could, Charlie drilled a hole through the metal casing and the shaft.

Raking the chipped path with the newly repaired rake.
Raking the chipped path with the newly repaired rake.

He put it back together with a small bolt and nut which has been working very well.

What do you do with old tools? (Obviously we save or salvage them.)

Upgrading the Look of the Potager

We have an abundance of wood chips.

Deep in the backyard looking toward the vegetable garden in the middle.
Deep in the backyard looking toward the vegetable garden in the middle.

Charlie uses them to neaten his already ordered garden.

Cardboard deters weeds.
Cardboard deters weeds.

First he lays down either corrugated cardboard or layers of newspaper.

Dump the chips from a wheelbarrow and smooth them with a rake.
Dump the chips from a wheelbarrow and smooth them with a rake.

Then he covers everything with a thick blanket of wood chips.

The chips also keeps mud and dirt from being tracked into the house.
The chips also keeps mud and dirt from being tracked into the house.

The beauty of this method is that it discourages weeds and eventually biodegrades.

The garden viewed from the master suite deck.
The garden viewed from the master suite deck.

Square-foot gardening is compact and productive.

Garden viewed from the master bathroom window.
Garden viewed from the master bathroom window.

And now the garden is also attractive.

Have you done a project with salvaged materials?