Posts Tagged ‘gravel’

Fresh Gravel

February 27, 2009

On Tuesday we got some new gravel for the driveway. I’m not sure yet exactly how many tons of gravel it was, but close to 45 tons, I’d guess. The guy, Fred, who brought it and dumped it said the truck holds about 14-15 tons of gravel, and he brought 3 trucks full. So…. tons and tons of gravel.

I wish I had some pictures of the really bad part of the driveway, but I didn’t think to take pictures ahead of time. I had to take some pictures when Fred went to get another load. So here is what one part of the driveway looked like before new gravel (and this part of the driveway wasn’t that bad, really): 

The lane before new gravel

The lane before new gravel

And here is a view of the lane after some gravel was put down:

Fresh Gravel!

So the lane is much better than it was. Parts of it were just mud. The bad news is that yesterday and today were warm and today was rainy, so some of the gravel is sinking into the ground faster than we would like. Overall, it is much, much better, though. Tim filled in the potholes while Fred was getting another load and that helped, too.

This is one of those things that comes with country living. I think that in the back of our minds we knew we’d have to get more gravel, but just had no idea how soon or how often or how much it would cost. We still don’t know how often it needs to be done, but we will find out! I have a good idea of the cost and it is one reason to select a building site that will not require a long lane (or to think about whether something other than gravel will work).

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Why we moved to the country

February 23, 2009

I updated the About page. I didn’t start out intending that page to be about why we moved, but that’s what it ended up being about. So it’s sort of a blog post, but one that should stay in that section of the blog, I think.

I have a post going in my head about why I’m a vegetarian and why I think it doesn’t much sense anymore, at least for me at this point in my life. However, I still have a pretty serious aversion to meat, so that could pose a problem. Anyway, I’ll have to think more and write more about that.

In the meantime, here are some pictures (and some visual evidence for why we moved!):

The view from the front sunroom.

The view from the front sunroom.

In this picture you can see the corn in the distance, as well as a building (it might be hard to pick out, but it has a green roof). That building belongs to our closest neighbor, Jeff. He’s a great guy and we’re glad to have him nearby. Also, on the left, middle part of the picture you can see part of the yard where we are thinking of putting the garden. I’ll write more about that in another post because it’s been quite a lot of thinking and talking to figure out where the garden will go!

Aidan and Moira walking down the lane

Aidan and Moira walking down the lane

That’s Aidan pulling Moira in the wagon. That’s our lane, or driveway. It’s about 3/10 of a mile long. Near the house there is grass on either side. Then there are two juniper bushes, then a bit more grass, then some of the corn. After the corn is a little dip where it is currently a mud pit due to flooding. Then there is a little bridge over the creek, and then a bit more grass followed by the road. We need to work on the lane in spring. I think we are getting more gravel next week, but I have to talk to our neighbor. He knows a guy with a dump truck and I think he set it up for us. He said we need to lay more gravel while the ground is still frozen or the gravel will just get worked into the mud. So, tons of gravel will be coming our way soon!

Moira in a princess dress in the front yard.

Moira in a princess dress in the front yard.

This is Moira in her princess dress on the hill outside the front door. The house is to the left. That brown thing next to the trailer is a coop. The former owner used it to rescue pheasants. We were thinking of using it for the chickens, then thinking about building a moveable coop, and now are back to thinking of using it for the chickens at night. Again, that’s another post and one that has involved lots of talking and thinking over the months we’ve been here.

OK, I will post more. I have a couple of ideas in my head for posting, such as the issue of vegetarianism and the debate about how, exactly, to house the chickens when we get them.