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Old 05-16-2012, 09:10 AM   #6346
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All the dirt that was dug out, which was loaded with roots and rocks, is getting screened before going back in to the raised beds. Not one to waste anything I'm using the rocks as a base under where the viewing area will go.

So far I managed 14 wheelbarrow loads of screened soil last night, much more to go before the beds are full. Then the black flies drove me out of there!
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Old 05-16-2012, 09:12 AM   #6347
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We have had some new rhodos come out over the past several days because of all this lovely sun.

Here's a few for your enjoyment.
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I still need to do the handrail going down the steps, but here they are heading down to the Japanese garden.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:19 AM   #6349
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The landing at the bottom is as far as I can go until the ground is re-contoured at the bottom. As the last stairs - or steps as the case may be - will be turning around somewhat, I decided to make a fan shape on the bottom landing with the deck boards.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:24 AM   #6350
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There is a tree growing out of the old fir stump, I don't know what kind it is, which is growing at quite an angle. It looks really nice when the leaves come out in spring, as they are now.

The missus thought it would be a nice wind break for the Japanese garden, but there are no branches or leaves to speak of for the first 6 feet. So, I think there will need to be some sort of fence or lattice put in to break the wind up, which funnels in right off the bay.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:31 AM   #6351
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And here is the big old Douglas fir stump which we think was probably logged around 1948. We believe this was the last time any logging was done on the island.

Apparently there was also some logging done in the late 1800's, at which time there was also a forest fire here. There are several very old fir trees here, I would guesstimate somewhere between 500 and 700 years just by their sheer size, which still have evidence of the forest fire in the form of blackened bark.

The top of this stump is exactly 3 feet across, and I think the root base is around 12 feet. Not sure about that yet, as I haven't got down that far. But it's pretty big.
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Dang, I'm glad this thread is still going! I had to look back to see when I first posted in it, Page 15 about 3 years ago! Way to go, brother, I'm glad you're still plugging away on it.
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Some of us never learn Mort.

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I set about clearing some more ground behind the raised beds this morning. I'm up about as far as I want to go now.

Then dug up that ground - which was not too bad at all - in preparation for planting.
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Then carried on with more of the screening of dirt and filling the beds.
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Spotted this little guy out for his afternoon swim...
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It's great watching this step-by-step.... no pun intended. It's looking fabulous.

In post #6349, the fan shaped boards create an optical illusion. In the picture on the right, it looks like the far left corner of the landing sits lower than the other 3 corners. In the pic on the left, the upper right corner looks like it's lower.

But in post #6350, looking at it from a different angle, it looks perfectly level.
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Okay!
THAT'S ALL!!!

Keith I want you to package up some of your energy and send it to me right away - I'll pay whatever price you ask.
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What helps to throw you off is the fact that there is also a slight fan shape to the wide side of that landing. I'd go for 6350 if I were you!
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Keith I want you to package up some of your energy and send it to me right away - I'll pay whatever price you ask.
Well alrighty then...NOW we're talkin'

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