|There is something very satisfying about|
bringing in the firewood supply for winter.
Our last trip to pick up the lumber scraps also netted us quite a bit of longer length lumber. Between our trips there, one of the employees had taken home most of the scrap wood we could not fit in Truck on our first trip. He said they needed to clean up the area to make room for a work project, so there was only about a quarter of a truckload of wood scraps, and that was mainly small kindling pieces. However, the worker pointed to a large stack of scrap lumber right outside the door and said we could take whatever we wanted of that as well. About half of it was old jigs (templates) they had built to use as guides for constructing various parts of the buildings, and these would not fit in our truck. But there was also a good bit of straight lumber pieces, some 2x6x10', and we loaded all of that on the truck.
That night I googled growing berries in raised beds to make sure my idea would work. I did not know if the plants would survive the winters in raised beds verses having their root system in the actual ground. I thought the dirt in the raised beds might freeze more and not sustain the roots, but I found plans online for making raised beds for berries, so it doesn't seem to be a problem. Now I just need to get back to Lowe's to pick up the berry starters before they are all gone. BTW, last time I was there I picked up a gallon of 'oops' stain that I did not have a use for, it will be perfect for staining the raised beds. The only uncertainty left now is if the berries will survive such a late season planting. All the recommendations I read said to plant in the spring, but the plants are cheap enough that it is worth a try. If they don't survive, I will still have completed constructing some of my raised beds.
While working outside this week stacking lumber, Alan and I noticed a plethora (love that word for some reason) of colorful, pudgy caterpillars inching along the ground. They are about an inch and a half long and range in color from cream/tan to dark red/brown. This is just one more phase we have come into since we started coming down to the property. We started listing all the various phases we have noticed over the summer. Most of these are insect related and it will be interesting to see how consistent they are from year to year. Here is a list of the ones we came up with:
|This praying mantis is practicing for|
Cirque du Soleil
2. Katydids (they were here when we arrived on June 25th and lasted through mid-August)
3. Grass spiders (became very prevalent in July and then petered out in August)
4. Daddy Long Legs (we saw the 'swarms' in July and are still having many individual sightings)
5. Walking Sticks (they were here when we arrived in late June, we saw two on Truck just last week)
6. Praying Mantis (same period as the walking sticks, we saw one walking across a spider web a few days ago)
7. Bees (started about the first of September and still going)
8. Caterpillars (same as the bees but more friendly)
9. Oak tree 'seeds-thingies' (started a bit before we stared seeing the caterpillars (a significant fact), still going)
|A plethora of 'seed-thingies' |
keep falling onto the deck.
|These were covering a 4x8 sheet|
of plywood on the deck and I had
just swept it clean a couple days ago.
|Looks like The Very Hungry Caterpillar has|
come to our property and brought a lot of friends.
They really should have brought some
porta-potties for such along event.
Today we came across what may become yet another phase of nature down here, although we are hoping it does not follow in the footsteps of the population explosion of katydids and caterpillars we experienced this Summer and Fall. We saw our first snake! We actually only saw the last couple of feet as it slithered under Scoot (our VW), not enough to confidently identify it, but what we saw was solid black and I am pretty sure it was a North American Racer which is not dangerous.
These changes in nature through the year are fun to observe, we are learning a lot, but won't let it 'phase us' too much! I'll keep you posted as we move into Fall in the Ozarks!Now I'm off to wash my hair again!