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F14    Posted 06-13-2002 at 15:47:19       [Reply]  [No Email]

I spent 22 years in the Navy, going places I didn't want to go, and doing things I didn't want to do. Then "retired" and spent another 10 years working full time and busting my hump in the evenings carving this place out of the puckerbrush.

And ya know what? It was worth it...

Mark T.    Posted 06-14-2002 at 04:30:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
WOW! Nice Place.
6 years to go and this "transplanted" Iowa farm boy will be able to get back to it. I can't wait.
Enjoy your place, you've earned it.

Mark T.

Hogman    Posted 06-14-2002 at 02:16:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
All good things comes to Those Who wait.ENJOY!!!!

Mark Hendershot    Posted 06-13-2002 at 20:39:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nice well trimed and tidy place you have there!! You must spend some time with the weed eater and mower to keep it that nice. Mark H.

F14...Nope.    Posted 06-14-2002 at 03:02:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sheep! I mow about 3 times a year when things go to seed.

Had a herbicide feller call me once, trying to sell me some sort of miracle stuff that would "take care of my weed problem in fencerows and around buildings". Said I already had one, self-propelled, converted weeds to fertilizer, and was so environmentally safe, it was edible.

Heh, heh, heh...

Mark Hendershot    Posted 06-14-2002 at 07:21:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Man I gots to get me some of them Sheep!! I have to use the mower and weed eater except where the cows can get. They still sometimes get pickey and don't eat it all. Mark H.

WallSal55    Posted 06-13-2002 at 17:29:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
I love your place F14! Wish I had digital camera
to show our place. Life has a way of taking us
places, and ending up where we least expect.

DeadCarp    Posted 06-13-2002 at 17:28:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Looks real nice, F14! Sittin stumps in the shade - plenty of sheds to hide in - garden's in - Is that a patch of tamaracks back there? Boy they last outdoors!

Sned    Posted 06-13-2002 at 17:28:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Really nice lookin spread F-14! Looks like a great place to chase (or be chased) the grand kids around.

Are the trees in the back ground dying or not leafed out yet?

F14...Them trees    Posted 06-13-2002 at 17:52:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
is deader than a hammer. They are (were) Eastern Larch, aka Hackmatack, aka Tamarack. The bark beetles got into 'em last summer, and killed about 95% of them in a 3 mile radius.

That lonely little tree was in a grove of 5 or 6 last spring, now it's the only survivor.

Some of the trees at the top left are dead cuz the beavers have flooded 'em out. When I got up here in 1988, there was 6 inches of water in the stream. Now there's 6 feet.

cornfused    Posted 06-13-2002 at 16:02:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
So get back on the roof with a shop light and finish the shingles!

Sned    Posted 06-13-2002 at 18:30:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'd say there sure was an infestation of the little buggers! WOW, I don't guess I've ever seen such destruction from insects in one place before.

Any BTU's in the wood?

F14...Yup    Posted 06-13-2002 at 18:37:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's also pretty good lumber. The sanding deadwood created by the beetles actually "cures" in place, and can be sawn out into dandy boards. Much of the rot-resistance of white cedar, but stronger.

At one point, I planned to saw a bunch of it out to build my barn with, but my time-table got bumped up from years to weeks when my SIL sold his place and moved to town. (Lost my hay storage)

All that stuff you see in the picture is on somebody else's land. They'd let me have it if I asked, but I'm not that hard up for either lumber OR firewood. What I cut down on my place, I cut up for firewood, or gave away to a feller what's gonna saw it up for lumber (so he says. I'll believe it when I see it, knowing him...)

F14...Yea, Dear....    Posted 06-13-2002 at 16:31:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh, wait, you sounded a lot like Mrs. 14 there for a minute.

Hope to finish up tomorrow, weather is closing in again after that.

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