In an effort to correct our downward slide, I'm going to try to catch us up. Let's see...when was the last update. July?!!! Crap.
The roof of our root cellar was in need of some work, so BACK IN JULY we tore into it...literally. It's a concrete roof, and it was deteriorating badly at the corners. We started by chiseling until we made it back to solid concrete. This also exposed the re-rod, which we needed to do to effectively tie the new concrete to the old. Here are some shots of the before and during the chiseling. This is our first ever concrete project, so if any of you know the proper way to do this...well, please don't be overly critical. We were winging it. :)
|This is what the above corner looked like as well, before chiseling.|
|Finally done chiseling down to solid concrete.|
|Forms for the new concrete.|
|Freshly poured concrete.|
Below is a picture of our grape harvest. We have two nice sized vines, but only one of them produced this year. The weird weather this year wreaked havoc on our fruit harvest. We were pretty disappointed when our apple and pear trees produced absolutely nothing. Shelly was able to make some flippin' awesome grape jelly from the grapes we did manage to harvest, and she made some equally awesome apple jelly with apples from a local orchard.
November was a busy month around here. We had new windows installed, I did some work on our deer blind, we cut and stacked about five cord of firewood, and accomplished some much needed work on the larger barn.
|On our way to having six cords put back for the heating season.|
|Barn soffit - Before|
|Barn soffit - After|
|Trim added. I ripped this from lumber that was laying around.|
|This corner of the barn was never completed, with small|
pieces slapped up and large areas opened to wind and weather.
It feels good to have that done!
|There were some large gaps around the window. I trimmed it out|
to fill the gaps, and to beef up the structure.
|A shot showing all of the improvements. Now, I just need a door!|
The basement project has been on hold for the summer. We figured it best to tackle outdoor projects while we had the weather for it, and move back to the basement when the snow flies. I'll be diving back down there VERY shortly. :)
That's all for now. I'd tell you that I'll post again soon, but I'm not sure any of you would believe me. Can't say that I'd blame you, of course. So, until next time...whenever that might be! ;)