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Major Bonfire in the Works

Sunday evening, on the way back home from dinner out, we stopped by the lot for a walk. I haven’t shared (or taken) any photos of the clearing that’s been done. Thanks to 40° weather back in January, Jason made some amazing progress along the front tree line. And as a result, we’ll be having one major bonfire in the near future.

Burn Pile #1

Burn Pile 1

Burn Pile #2

Burn Pile 2

Burn Pile #3

Burn Pile 3

Oak Tree Before (August 2010)


Oak Tree Now

Oak Tree and Bench

Lots of scrubby bushes are gone


Look What We Found

Jason and his dad headed out to the country lot this week. We still hadn’t found two of the lot’s corner markers, so they headed out with a metal detector to find them. In the process, Jason found this…

Deer Antler

Deer Antler 2

This is the craziest thing yet in this whole country home adventure. Jason figures that there are probably more, so we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled on future lot walks.

Burn Baby Burn

After not doing much of anything but walk around our country lot since October 31st, it was about time we got back to work. Our biggest issue: the very large pile of brush that had built up from last summer’s workdays. If we cut anything more, we would have nowhere to put it. So the brush had to burn.

Growing Pile

After our long run for the week, I ate a quick lunch while Jason met up with his brother to head out to the lot. Just to be on the safe side, Jason asked to use his grandpa’s water tank that could be trailered by tractor (something his grandpa could also supply) out to our property. I drove out to watch help them, only to find that I was essentially too late.

Burn Day - July 3, 2011

Burn Day - July 3, 2011

Apparently, the majority of the pile went up in flames quickly. Jason and his brother, Jeremy, patrolled the perimeter to be sure things didn’t get out of control. Considering that the clearing was all tall grass and it has been particularly dry lately, this was pretty important.

Now, I say that the majority of the pile burned quickly for a reason. One small portion of brush simply refused to burn.

Burn Day - July 3, 2011

The boys brought out the big guns, or should I say the big gloves.

Jason’s glove bomb.
Burn Day - July 3, 2011

Burn Day - July 3, 2011

Burn Day - July 3, 2011

Let’s try that again.
Burn Day - July 3, 2011

Burn Day - July 3, 2011

Short-lived success.
Burn Day - July 3, 2011

Our personal fire truck.
Burn Day - July 3, 2011

After letting the ashes smolder just a little longer, it was time to cool things down.

Burn Day - July 3, 2011

While Jason and Jeremy circled the burn area with the water tank, I did a little walking around.

Smoke as seen from one of the far corners of the lot.
Burn Day - July 3, 2011

I also had to capture some shots of the other point of progress: a clearer “driveway.”

Looking up towards the lot from where we park:

Eventual Driveway?

Burn Day - July 3, 2011

And around the bend:

Starting Our Branch Pile

Burn Day - July 3, 2011

After the guys sprayed down the burn zone, Jeremy left with the tractor. Jason and I stuck around a little while longer to make sure all the flames had fizzled. We staked out a shady spot since it was ridiculously hot outside. Obviously, a massive bonfire didn’t help matters.

Burn Day - July 3, 2011

Now that the big burn is complete, we can begin working again. Jason has talked about shifting gears and clearing along the front of the property. However, we only want to clear it to a certain extent. We want our eventual house to be a little hidden from view. You’ll have to be a friend – or blog reader – to really see it  🙂


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