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Archive for March 23rd, 2009

Previous owners of Keats View cottage (and possibly some other wily locals) have dumped a considerable amount of yard and construction debris up near the top of the property over the years.  I was vaguely aware of this fact when we offered on it but too distracted by other concerns to think to include yard clean up in our purchase conditions. So now, we get to do it. 

And with both fire season and the summer rental season creeping up on us, it needs to be done now. As extra motivation, we have a tree faller coming to remove some trees for us, and he agreed to chip up anything we left in our driveway.  I’m not quite sure he knows what he has gotten himself into.

This weekend we concentrated on the piles of branches and other organic waste. Luckily, it is too early for bees nests, because if I was a bee I would want to live here!  We got about half of the job done.  The kids were a huge help, ‘skidding’ piles of dry branches down the slope on an old vinyl shower curtain. They were rewarded with dinner out at their local favourite – the Waterfront cafe – plus homemade cinnabons. Its all about food with them. 

Cottager and I hope to borrow a pick-up truck or trailer in the next few weeks to get the rest of the branches and other organic waste up to the green waste depot and to take the construction debris – nicely studded with nails and screws – to the dump. Tetanus shots up to date? Check!

A bigger job than we expected (what isn't?)

A bigger job than we expected (what isn't?)

10 foot high pile awaits the chipper

10 foot high pile awaits the chipper

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