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Archive for July, 2011

When you buy a 120-year old building that’s in disrepair, chances are you’ll inherit some junk. Among the things we inherited were ancient single-paned windows. There’s not a lot you can do with these when it comes to construction. The ones in our shed were fragile, with failing glazing and broken panes. Even if you […]

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We’re under wraps this weekend – which means that when I’m inside the Schoolhouse looking out, I feel the way I imagine a fish must feel peering up through a murky river at the sky (do fish peer? must check). We’ve been waiting almost a year to get the Schoolhouse painted. We chose colors last […]

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We have some lovely friends with truly excellent taste who told me recently that they thought using half wine barrels as planters was outdated and tacky and they had broken all theirs up. At the very moment they said this, we had in our shed a wine barrel waiting to be cut in half and […]

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This is what the retaining walls looked like at the beginning of last week. As you can see there is quite a bit of what I call the “lunar landscape” still hanging on in the center of the yard  – the hard, clay packed expanse covered desultorily with wood chips that was left after the […]

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I’ve never owned a septic tank before, but now I own a 1,500 gallon tank with not one but two tank covers that sit right in the middle of the yard. The covers need to be accessible just in case, so you can’t bury them, and they are plastic, so you can’t put a heavy […]

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