The big, big boat

Back in May we bought a boat. It’s a 1963 Chris Craft and it’s 46’ long. It’s in pretty good condition; structurally very sound, intact, and very beautiful inside. She’s been over at Seaview shipyard in Seattle having the flybridge removed in order to bring the total height down for the tow to the farm. Having all 36,000 pounds of her lifted out of the water was a bit of a harrowing experience (video below). So this will be the next project; she gets delivered in two weeks, finally!

New lawn mower

Since my cardio exercise is limited to when I mow the lawn these days, I’ve been using a walk-behind mower instead of the tractor for the front acre. I had been using an old Craftsman which was mostly okay other than doing a horrible job at mulching and it’s tendency to launch pine cones and other debris right into my shins constantly.

So anyhow I read a bunch of reviews and bought a Honda mower. Looking forward to finding out if they really live up to the hype!

No cup holder!

The Terrace and Rock Wall

This project that started two years ago is finally done! And of course, by “done” I mean simply moving into the next phase because nothing is ever actually done at a farm.

This week a landscaper came out with the fill dirt and topsoil and got the thing graded and even raised the wall in spots where it needed it. They did a phenomenal job and all in just one day. Remarkable what six guys, the right equipment, and a ton of experience can accomplish!

I seeded the area with clover just to get a nice ground cover while we decide how to map out our garden and paths. My sister gave us some calendula and chamomile seeds that I added along the edge of the rock wall, as well. The weather is perfect this week for growing grass from seed; rainy, not too cold, bits of sun here and there.

Next step: adding path lighting along the wall and some spot lights on the walnut tree. I think it will make it possible to see better in this area at night without the prison-yard effect of the big overhead light on the garden shed, seen above.

Vintage Alpine Porch Completed!

So we managed to finish this up on Saturday including a new rain gutter and down spout, sealing, and fascia board to conceal the swale of the deck (which it needs to shed water). The last step will be some blocky finials on top of the newel posts although we’re waiting until we have the house color finalized to put those on since they’ll be painted in the same color.

Vintage Alpine Porch

Our house at the farm has this sort of Alpine lodge look to it. Being surrounded by evergreens adds to the motif. As part of the remodel we extended the deck around the front and so I decided to give it a proper treatment with carved railings and hand-sawn balusters. I ordered all of the wood from a place in Texas called and they are seriously the porch experts if you want something made the old fashioned way! So several months back a few palettes arrived via truck freight carrying a daunting load of beautiful milled wood and that’s it. No hardware, no instructions. This is DIY++ although their website is really helpful and it all makes sense once you get over the initial shock that you are not in Ikea anymore, Toto.

I ended up building a jig to construct the baluster segments and my dad is here visiting and he helped a lot in cutting the newel posts and attaching them to the deck. Oh and this is after everything is painted or stained with multiple coats. two days of work now and we’ve got two small sections up. However, the next two are built and then that just leaves the hard part… building the angled sections for the stairs!