Thursday, October 8, 2009

Digging

The mornings have been cold and the maples are starting to turn. Actually, the weather here has been gray pretty much all week. We started working on the woodshed.

After all the work on the garage, my poor hubbie broke down and rented a machine for half a day to help dig the holes for the support posts. All was well until he hit shale shortly after he got started. We got deep enough though to set the posts and took the drill back. Same thing happened when we dug the foundation for the house. Hit pure rock. At least the house isn't going to go anywhere..right?

Learned how to mix concrete that day. It's fun!! Kind of like making cake batter.. with a hose and sand...

The posts have since been set (partially done here). Had a load of gravel delivered today for the drive. Some will go on the floor in the shed too. We borrowed a tractor with a bucket to spread the gravel... it also has a backhoe...

Oooooo...No one ever told me how much fun a backhoe is!

Snuck off with it for a bit to dig out a nice big hole in the south bank. Cold frames. Dreaming of cold frames. You know, a girl could do serious damage on a homestead with a backhoe...

13 comments:

gardenmama said...

well that first machine looked a bit scary, but i am certainly with you on the second one i would be doing some damage with that one too! ; )

Nancy said...

You are amazing. Makes me realize how much I miss farm life. Can't do that kind of stuff in my backyard; the neighbors would haul me off!

Michelle said...

How fun! Well, except for the work part of it! I dream of cold frames, too...and a greenhouse. A beautiful, mid-size greenhouse....

farmama said...

Isn't it fun driving the tractor?! How exciting to have progress on the wood shed! Good luck in your knitting class tomorrow!....and if it makes you feel ant better....I've never figured out the double pointed needle thing....I always opt for the circular needle!
Love, Sara

dmoms said...

you go girl with that heavy equipment. Much more fun than a kitchen aid that is for sure!

The Cottage Comtesse said...

Okay, that's some serious toy you got there! At the mention of cold frames, I get excited and start dreaming, too! I just need a little more time and money...

Chiot's Run said...

Looks like fun!

Heather said...

I dream about a small farm tractor with a backhoe and a bucket all the time. My hubby thinks I am finally coming around, I think of all the projects he could accomplish for me with one of those babies! Awesome to have power tool help!

jeanette, mistress of longears said...

I always knew something was missing from my gardening pastime....and now I know what it is: a backhoe! Just think how much easier it would be to move my shrubs around....believe me, a spade is no picnic!

deb said...

Oooh, we should be neighbors and we could rent this equipment together! We've rented all of them as well. And like you, we always hit granite not too far down. Always.

Now about those cold frames... I've been reading a bit about them and I'm so interested in this. Be sure to keep us posted! :)

underthebigbluesky said...

wow. i'm tired already just reading this post!

you guys aren't slowing down at all are you?

Lily Boot said...

oooh! I love the sound that mixing concrete makes. That gritty, slurpy, thick sound. It's great. What wonderful effort you are pursuing. :-)

June said...

Oooh. What the girls and I couldn't do with a backhoe! WOOHOO!

I'm with you on the cold frame...go for it!