Hello Everyone. Here we are in the middle of summer and it’s been a busy time.
First, Mr. Fifty Shades needed an excuse to buy a Big Drill…so he decided he needed to a make a big hole in our basement wall…
Of course, he would tell you that he was only trying to drill the hole to insert a pipe that would lead from the basement to an outdoor hydrant right next to our chicken coop and square foot garden. Here he is explaining to me how the hydrant works. It is very sweet that he thinks I would understand this. But, it is pretty nifty – there was mention of a piston that keeps the water out of the vertical pipe, which will ensure that the water won’t freeze the pipe in winter. Digging a ditch from the house to the pump – hot, grueling work, but the result is way cool!
Back to the basement…
You may have noticed this in the previous pictures –
This is a water softener system that Mr. Fifty Shades installed. It was a bit of an intricate process hooking it all up. Our 15 year old friend from last year was here to assist and I heard him say to Mr. Fifty Shades before they “threw the switch” to turn it on, “I’m a little nervous.” Mr. Fifty Shades admitted he was, too. Although Mr. Fifty Shades is still tweaking a few things here and there it appears to be working well.
The Little House below The Little House in the Woods
Mr. Fifty Shades started this project last year: a separate building to house the riding lawn mower. He is putting the final touches on it.
Inside the new garage, the primer coat is on and the final gray paint is cut in.
Checking for fit – yep, looks good!
Measuring and rolling out the flooring
Flooring cut and working it into the corners.
My (not so) Secret Garden
Mr. Fifty Shades built a square foot garden area right near the new garage. We grew the tomato plants from seed in our basement this spring and then transplanted them to this garden area. There are eight different kinds of tomatoes planted and we love some of their names: Fantastico, Juliet, Mrs. Maxwell’s Big Italian, Paul Robeson (yes, there’s a tomato named after him), Brandywine. We liked having this garden so close to the house and we’re hoping to build one or two more next year.
At long last…we’ve started construction on a workshop. The location is where The Trailer used to be. Here’s a glimpse of it and we’ll post more progress on it soon.
Until next time,
The Fifty Shades of Green Acres Team