Today was a perfect day for working outside...temp in the mid 60's, breeze blowing, sun shining, birds singing...you get the picture.
We have 2 projects that we have been working on today - deck railing (Johny's project today, but we will be working together on this over the next several weeks) and erosion control (my project).
The deck railing is finally getting built...I know, you thought that rope was our railing, it's been there so long, but no, we are going to have real railing...it's going to be a rustic rail created from portions of the trees we cut from our woods (some parts went for firewood, some parts were saved for this purpose). Now that the weather is beginning to warm up, we can work more easily with the wood, and we want to get it done so we can fully enjoy the deck throughout the spring and summer (well really forever and ever more!).
We are using what is called "skip peel finish", which basically means you scrape the bark off the log, taking more off in some places than others. This is the first piece to be installed, as viewed from on the deck; you can see how there are some spots that are lighter than others, those are the spots that got scraped a little deeper (that line at the top is a natural small fissure in the log, happy to have it there!).
My erosion control project is a continuation of the spreading of the gravel in the yard, driveway and under the deck project that I told you about last month. We still have a little incline under the deck that needs to be "secured" so to speak. You can see it in the picture below.
A good days work, and we are both feeling that good kind of tired. You know what I like best about it? We are using natural resources from our property to accomplish these projects. It feels so good to be able to accomplish a task with resources at hand...living off the land! Stay tuned for updates on our progress!
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