The front half is our actual living quarters, while the rear half is a tool shed/workshop/gardening prep area. We have an auxillary cooking area on our front porch to use when the wind and rain get a bit too intense to use the pavilion. Like last night... Whew! There is plenty of light and space has not been an issue thus far. We'll try to post some pictures of the interior at a later date. It also has proven to be relatively comfortable as well except for this odd phenomenon where it's actually warmer outside than inside in the morning... Hmmmm..... Thermodynamics anyone?
Above is a collection of some of the flowers in bloom right now. Take into account that it IS winter here folks! The first one is a passion fruit blossom, the second is a day lily I think, the third are snap dragons, and last, but not least, we have an "I have no clue". I'm sure we shall see much more of those as the year progresses... Ha!
We found in the local paper a woman whom wanted a small cropping of bamboo cut down in her back yard. We were delighted to find this since bamboo is a great building material and we've been trying to source some clumping variety to plant here on the farm. Of which this fit the bill. As you can see, it was quite large in diameter and about 20 ft. (7 m.) tall. Hooray! Till it came time to cut. Of course it was raining. And of course the wind was gusting up to about 30 mph. toward the backyard neighbors house. To make matters even more entertaining, my dang chainsaw, which just came out of the shop, wanted to die after every single cut!!!
Plus the condition and arrangement of the woman's backyard added to the fun. Obstacles abounded and a narrow path to the loading area were there to help us on our way. Unfortunately we have yet to get to the digging up of the bamboo. I'm sure this is going to prove to be just as entertaining if not more. We'll let you know how that turns out in a future post.
For the feint of heart or queasy of stomach, please stop reading here. This next part is not very pretty. The cutting down of the bamboo took place yesterday, Tuesday the 5th of June. Today, Wednesday the 6th of June I was tasked with defoliating,(yes it is a word), the bamboo for drying and usage. I spent the better part of 2 hrs. swinging a machete with all my might, hacking away the leaves and stems. All the while I had this nagging daydream of me lopping off a finger or two. Miraculously my dream was not realized. Until I put the machete down on top of the pile I was working with in order to go take an outdoor bath under the moon and stars. Somehow I stepped on a shaft of bamboo, springing the machete up into the air towards me. Of course I put out a hand to deflect the blow, and this is the result:
Notice the little dribble of blood still on the offending weapon. I think it was mocking me a bit. I knew it was too good to be true that I managed a few hours of swinging a sharp blade without harm to myself. In hindsight, I almost wish I had not just sharpened Mr. Machete.