These little piggies (not quite)

So here is some evidence of the critters around our land. “ Oh how cute” we thought, “seeing evidence of the residents who are around when we are not is so cool” until………This used to be a lovely flat field area, now you have to watch your step. Some of the holes they dig can break an ankle if you step in them. I hate to admit it, but we asked our neighbors to ” help get rid of them”. Dennis put a couple of traps up and caught a massive hog which someone picked up. He won’t mind when he finds out he now has a job as a stud. Despite lots of research, we’ve not found any way to deter them. This was actually a few months ago and we don’t think they’ve been back. DeAun has been having a great time pruning out crepe myrtle. We are hoping that once it is cut back,it will have the energy to start flowering again.Just in case anyone is wondering, I wasn’t just the photographer, I was excavating metal abstract art from the ground.wonder what it was? That’s all for now folks.

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The Space Formerly Known as Door

So, we had our summer holiday on the country estate, it was so nice to actually have the time to start and finish something.

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Apparently the last owner didn’t want to walk all the way from the bedroom to the porch to get wood for the stove, so he put in a door. The problems with this idea were, it as an interior hollow door which did not seal well and had bathroom door latches on the inside to lock it.

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A trip to the hardware store and we were off. DeAun is such a perfectionist, that section of the house is probably sturdier than everything else.

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Not bad for a couple of weekend warriors.

While DeAun was busy measuring twice and cutting once, I got busy painting the bedroom. It really needed to be done to reclaim our space after the robbery.

This is the bedroom when we bought the property

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And now. I must say I’m very pleased with the way it turned.

Once my quilt is finished I need to come up with a quilted wall hanging to cover the electrical box by the window.

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All in all, a pretty great holiday. That’s all for now.

How to freeze and thaw a mouse

We have recently been having some uninvited little guests at Trenoweth. The first couple were field mice, so cute. We trapped them in our live trap and took them off a couple of miles so they could find a new home.

This worked well until the weather got cold. Even though the instruction said no bait was needed, I thought it would be just too mean to not even give them a snack for the inconvenience.

It didn’t take long to trap one

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It was just too cold and rainy to drive off into the wilderness to re-home her, she needed to stay the night.

I decided to put the trap on a folded rug, with a cloth on the top so she didn’t get scared when we entered the room and put the light on. I thought she’d be quite cozy.

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Unfortunately I didn’t think about the fact that the metal gets really cold. In the morning I picked the trap up to take her on her outing and thought she was dead. When I turned the trap on it’s side, she just rolled over. It was then that I noticed how cold the metal was and realized she must have hypothermia.

Time for action….

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I tucked her in the towel and held her little body against me. Her breathing was very shallow and slow, but eventually she perked up and started twitching. Poor thing, she was just a baby.

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Finally she had her freedom again. She was fairly lethargic, so my idea was to bring her home, get her a cage and wheel and let her be a part of our family. DeAun was not impressed with that idea, so I left her somewhat sheltered by a fence, but in the sunshine.

The other news was that we had our first fire in the bedroom. Wonderful, though a little smoky.

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That’s all from the country for now folks. Stay warm.

It’s been too long

Finally there were enough days without rain that we were able to go to Trenoweth. Having still not figured out what to do about the 5 foot deep hole in the middle of the driveway, we’re having to drive in the servants entrance which takes you through the pasture. When there’s a lot of rain it turns into a mud bath. The thought of getting stuck put us off.

I was a little nervous wondering what had happened in the past 5 or 6 weeks, had rats invaded and chewed up all our furniture to make warm cozy beds, or had cockroaches and scorpions made it their home.

Thank goodness none of the above. All was as we had left it. We had seen rodent activity under the kitchen sink, but it seems the peppermint smelling rodent repellent actually works. Who would’ve thought rats don’t like peppermint.

Henry found a nice soft headrest for the trip

Henry found a nice soft headrest for the trip

When we arrived the flowers were starting to bloom

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DeAun set about cutting the hardiboard which hopefully the rodents will not be able to chew through under the sink

My rocket scientist hard at work

My rocket scientist hard at work

While I worked on cleaning up the guest bedroom. It even has a built in ironing board and sleeve board with inset plug and shelf for the iron. I wonder who the original owners of the house were?

Not that we need to iron anything when we're there,

Not that we need to iron anything when we’re there.

That’s all for now, pretty mellow visit, but a wonderful weekend.

National Geographic

Sitting on the front porch eating our dinner there was a howl coming from the woods to the right of us. A couple of seconds after it stopped, two or three howls further back and to the left. They seemed to be talking to each other, then all of a sudden at least three or four distinct voices started howling in a frenzy. As suddenly as it started……dead silence. This happened two or three times. The neighbor told me there are lots of coyotes out here, so I’m assuming that’s what it was, but DeAun said she thinks they are solitary, therefore wouldn’t have been hunting in a pack. Either way, it was so cool, like living in a national geographic program. DeAun is still working on the insulation for the pump house, it’s going to be the best insulated well pump in the county, just in time for spring and the warm weather…. The front room is almost clean. Only one more small wall to scrub the dirt and nicotine off.

I'd forgotten how dirty the rest of the house was. Now begins the bedroom saga

I’d forgotten how dirty the rest of the house was. Now begins the bedroom saga

Next will be the bedroom. If I can just get it clean enough for us to put our blow up mattress for a couple of visits, I am going to pay a handyman to replace the ceiling in the living room. There are lots of walls that need sheet rocking and I’m hoping to learn enough through a combination of watching him and u-tube videos, that we can do the walls ourselves. If we do a somewhat textured finish it should be ok. Maybe. This is so much fun, I wish we could afford to be here full time. I know the place is a mess, but i can almost feel the possibilities blossoming. Today we decided that when we tear down the cage they kept the dogs in, we’ll keep the cement slab, spiff it up a bit and turn it into a little eating area with table chairs and maybe some kind of roof so the birds in the tree don’t garnish our dinner. Possibilities abound. This is the life. Sophie relaxing in the sunDeAun cutting insulation for the well house A new find. There’s a picnic table under their. If the metal hasn’t rusted, maybe we can put new wood on it. IMG_1279 That’s all the fun for the latest trip. Can’t wait to go back.