Monday, March 03, 2008

pink dress

tabitha made kassi a new pink dress. it was a huge hit--so frilly. she lined it with surplus bed sheet material--very soft.

happy girl

so dancie

can you see the true love?

i put tarps down across the garden. we want to get in there with the tiller.

it has been so wet since spring like conditions started. that i stole the tarp from the root cellar to cover the garden. it rained four inches last night and today.

this water is about a foot deep. not suitable for a storm shelter.

i plan to cover the entire left gap adjacent to the pump house with infill. water should shed out and away from the root cellar. this is a worst case scenario. i'll manage the watershed once i have some more infill. the old tin is covering the poly bags from sundamage--kinda.

here is a view from the back of the root cellar--the bottle wall. this will all be covered by infill. just ahead on the right is going to be the solar storage tank. it will be made like a cinder block building--holding several hundred gallons. i'll insulate it and stucco hydraulic cement on the inside walls--think of a swimming pool. the solar panels will be just above on a rack. they'll cover both the tank and pump house facing south. it is going to be a drain back system--an attempt to manage the hot summer heat and freezing winters. the large thermal mass should last through several cloudy days.

saturday i hauled several wheel barrow loads of gravel into the infill area. i know where i can get some light weight aggregate. i'll need several truck loads but it'll be worth the trouble.

this little pile of wood is all that i have left for the winter--minus the filled wood box on the porch. i hope it will last. only a few loads are in the dry. did i mention that we are expecting over a foot of snow this evening?


Ron said...
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tansy said...

we too are expecting that storm. this too shall pass...actually, i like the snow even though it delays garden plans.

i love kassi's dress and so does jaden.

we have been barely scraping by on the wood...hopefully next year we'll be better prepared as this year the purchase was a last minute choice by greg.

Anonymous said...

My Princess, Kassi, looks absolutely beautiful in her new dress! Great job, Tabitha!
Did you mention something about a swimming pool? Will that be integrated in the juccuzi you're building for me next to the private cabin?

Wendy said...

Oh, I love the dress! It's so beautiful! I think pretty clothes makes one feel a little prettier ;).

It's been a tough winter. We had to start relying on our oil-burning furnace, because the three cords of wood we had wasn't enough to do us for the winter. I imagine we'd need closer to six cords, if we relied completely on wood. On the plus side, it's good that we know, and still have options rather than finding out in the middle of February that we'll have no heat for the next three months :).

Kristianna said...

Kassi is so adorable! The princess among the princes! Great job on the dress, Tabitha.

Nice to see all the photos around the homestead, sorry about the flood in the root cellar.

Warmer days are coming! :)


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