Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Little Stone Wall

It was a pretty nice day yesterday.  Partly cloudy, in the 60s, and all in all a nice autumn day here in Bleecker.  Since I broke my neck last August, I haven't done much in the way of physical labor.  I decided to start a new rock wall by the foundation we dug, in part to protect the well pipe there.  The other part is to get rid of all these rocks around here.

I brought the camera, of course, and liked this view of the horse trailer and the colorful tree behind it.

This is a rock wall that I built last year.  It took a few days, and I used the bucket on the tractor to haul the rocks around.  I started  working at 9 AM and stopped at 4 PM, with a break for lunch.

After an hour, I was exhausted.  I used the wagon to haul the rocks.   Big mistake.  I had all I could to to pull it up the hill.  And yep.  That's what I got done.  That itty bitty stone wall.

I think that next time, I'll use either the tractor bucket or the gravel scoop I bought for it.  Maybe I can work for two hours if I do that.  Man, am I out of shape.

Back at the Unabomber Cabin, the sun was hitting this tree behind it, making it really stand out nicely against the blue sky.

Earl and I checked the front brakes on the Kia.  Its got 37,000 miles on it already, much of that towing Jeremiah and the horse trailer up and down mountains.  They were fairly worn, but still OK, but I bought a new set of ceramic pads anyway.  $53 at Advanced Auto, with a $10 rebate.  Not bad.  Maybe I'll take a drive over to see if Earl is in the mood to help me install them.


  1. What a terrific time to live in Upstate New York. Beautiful pics Dave! Don't overdo it though!!! You don't need any setbacks!

  2. There's something very Zen peaceful and simple about that photo of the hand pump. I gotta get me one of those and stick it out in the woods. My ground water is about 18" below, so installation should be a piece of cake.

    1. The pump is sitting on a 145' well, but the water level is about five feet below the top of the pipe. I simply rigged up about 15' of PVC pipe to the pump so we can water the garden and the dogs. All you'd need at your place is a simple hand driven point.