Showing posts with label property. Show all posts
Showing posts with label property. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Wildlife Tracks

So I made a trip into town this afternoon before that storm blows in. Took a picture of the municipal road after I came off the asphalt, those banks are over 6' high.

I should have gotten up earlier this morning, I might have been able to get a picture of the big moose that slogged it's way through the deep snow and onto the laneway.

It must have tired him out, he walked up the laneway, half way to the house, then decided "nah, thats not a good idea", turned around and walked back down the laneway and out through the entrance.

The rabbits were having a good time. Both sides of the laneway was covered in their tracks along the wooded area.

A fox come through as well, I didn't see blood anywhere, so he didn't get a rabbit near the laneway. I drove fast into the laneway entrance one day and surprised a fox with half a rabbit still in it's mouth. It dropped the rabbit and ran for it. I left it and the fox came back later and got it.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Odds And Ends - 2

So I spent most of yesterday cleaning up the driveway and packing down the lane-way. In true form, just as I finished it started with freezing rain, by nightfall it had turned to wet snow. I was woke up this morning by a couple of power bumps, looked outside, everything was covered with a couple of inches of frozen snow and ice, no doubt the cause of the power bumps. Lots of small trees and vegetation bent over ready to crack. There will be lots of clean-up this spring, I could here trees snapping in the woods.

Got in the occasional hr. on the Startrite saw head clean up. Got the head all scraped down and started with the wire brushes. I will leave the snow clean-up till tomorrow (another storm is due to blow in tomorrow night, ha ha) and see if I can get the saw head ready for paint today.

So enough about the weather, here is a nice little file of just PM model engines, that the modeler may find interesting. There are 6 engine plans, 4 have been previously uploaded in the shop notes files and 2 new ones. The first, a Tesla turbine, never achieved it's inventors claims, (the navy is still running bladed turbines, as is industry, though not from lack of trying.) but it remains an interesting modelers project. The second, a walking beam engine, that will take you back to the early days of steam power.

To download the file click PM Model Engine Plans. 2.3 MB - pdf

Friday, June 23, 2017

Beating Back The jungle

So things managed to dry out early in the week and I finally managed to mow and clean up the property somewhat. Its hard to grow grass in sand but the repeated application of seed and fertilizer and lots of rain which we have had in the last month and a half, eventually start to take hold. There are still many sandy thin spots but another year or two of applications, it should all be well filled in. It beats many thousands of dollars in top soil to cover 8 acres. I took a walk around this morning and took some summer pictures.

The back yard looking west.

South west corner of back yard.

South side yard.

Looking east towards property entrance.

Looking south across the property towards the trail entrance.

And this is the entrance to my man cave ha ha , from the municipal road.

Here's the entrance to the walking trail.

Looking down the back trail from the old homestead site.

 A curve in the trail.

Looking back at the exit from the trail near the house.

Can't remember if I uploaded this picture before or not. The rock is the largest one I came across in my landscape diggings. It's got to be at least 10 tons, it originally sat 4 ft. higher than where it is now. It was far to heavy to lift with the tractor so all I could do was dig under it and then push it over, and thats where it sits. If you look at the face of the rock outcrop behind it you get an idea of my depth of excavation in this area, 12' in spots.

Hope you liked my little summer walk. The last coat of urethane is drying on my classic workbench as I write. I will post some pictures tonight or tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A Spring Walk Around The Property

Except for some snow in the wooded areas the property is now snow free and relatively dry. I decided today to take a few pictures and see what kind of damage the past windy winter inflicted on the tree growth.

In front of the house looking toward the entrance off of municipal road.

Looking toward the east and the exit to the road/trail at the corner of the open area.

Looking north to one of a couple rock outcrops common to Canadian shield geography.

When I cleared and landscaped the 8 acres or so around the house, alot of the excavated material was used to build a looped access road/trail down to a small creek and old homestead site on the property. The next picture is the upper access point to the trail near the house. It runs in a loop about 1/2 mile long.

This is where the old homestead site was. There is still a sand point pipe sticking out of the ground where I filled in the old basement dugout. This area was developed after WWII when homesteads were dolled out to returning war veterans. Over the years newer generations moved on and properties were sold or abandoned. In the 50's the area was quite active, the homestead on my property was the post office for the area and my neighbours place used to be an active community center.

Right along side is a small creek, flowing well this time of year. My property is divided in half by the municipal road, this creek flows through a large culvert under the road and feeds 3 small beaver dams on the lower half of the property. I often see moose feeding on rushes around the beaver dams and bears are often seen crossing the property in that area.

A rotting old tree trunk is my current bridge ☺ but when I get my tractor running again, the plan is to build a small 3-4 ft. dam and a nice little bridge. The area just upstream from this point widens into a nice 1 1/2 acre shallow that would make a nice pond. The dream is to one day build a nice little cottage in this area overlooking the pond, for rent or family use. Beautiful spot in both summer and winter.

When I built the road I built a couple turn around areas for the tractor. With the grass starting to grow in, the plan is to build some nice rustic benches for these areas.

So this is all the damage I found and this was all my fault. The ground level was raised almost 2 ft. in this area and in the process I hit these 2 trees a few to many times with my bucket. Consequently they died and dried out, the wind had its way with one this past winter. I will take the other down and trim both stumps to 18" to support a nice big outdoor bench.

This is a small road I built into a area of mature wood but the main reason was to fill in an old bear den just 300 ft. from the house. An old tree had fallen over many years ago and the uprooted stump had formed a large cavity under it. It wasn't occupied my first winter but it did get used by a mother and 2 cubs one year. All the noise I make has convinced them that I"m a little to close but just to make sure I filled it in and dropped a couple big boulders on top. Seen to the left at the end of the road in the picture.

 And the loop completed back to the house.

Hope you enjoyed my little walk around. I will do a longer walk in the fall, the fall colors are always blazingly great.