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williamf    Posted 03-27-2003 at 17:52:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
One of the things I like about country life that I like is that the neighbors (and the county government) don't give much trouble about our building things in the yard.
I built a birdhouse for chimney swifts this week; a large project, by my standards. It turned out so well that I want to brag on it a little.
My in-town co-worker said he has to get permission for what color he paints his shutters. I shudders to think.

DeadCarp    Posted 03-28-2003 at 06:34:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good job william! I hope the birds like it. We had an interesting chimney experience: Couple years ago i was watching TV and heard some scratching behind me. I finally decided something was in the chimney, or more correctly in the smoke chamber above our fireplace. So an hour later here's me and the chief of police, teetering on the roof, lowering a plastic bucket by rope into the chimney & trying coax a wayward wood duck to hop in. :) Needless to say, we couldn't get it out before they got our picture for the paper. So that nite, i wiggled the smoke chamber draft as open as i could, and the next morning here was the cutest wood duck, totally grey with ashes and none too pleased to be waddling around behind our fireplace screen.
Swept her up with a dip net and carried her back outside, where she quickly flew away trailing a cloud of dust. :)
BTW, many pioneer chimneys WERE made of wood - don't ask how they got away with that.

ol Henry    Posted 03-27-2003 at 20:39:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
You did real good! One of the things I like best is watching the chimney sweeps circle around and around untill they drop down the chimney to go to bed for the night.
Great looking place you have there, I wish I had some of those pine trees.

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