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Old 05-18-2012, 07:26 AM   #6376
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Looking good!

One question, will the end cuts on the retaining wall stay dark green like that or does the color lighten up over time?

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Old 05-18-2012, 09:19 AM   #6377
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Looking good!

One question, will the end cuts on the retaining wall stay dark green like that or does the color lighten up over time?
You know, I wondered the very same thing when I put this stuff on. I'm really not sure. But the thought crossed my mind that I could always use a stain of some kind to make it all a uniform colour.

I think I will let the sun bleach it out for awhile and see what transpires.
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the garden looks great. Had one question, any reason you used 6" spikes over drilling thru all the timbers and pounding long rebar into the ground?
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the garden looks great. Had one question, any reason you used 6" spikes over drilling thru all the timbers and pounding long rebar into the ground?
Definitely. Very simple answer to that one. I have a box of 6" spikes and very little rebar here.

There's also another reason...the rows of landscape ties lean back just a little so not only are spikes easier to drive, but I doubt I would be able to drill deep enough into the ties to get rebar through.

And a third reason...where there are either corners or intersections of ties, you need to nail them together as you go.

Having said all that, I will say that I have seen rebar used with these ties in the past, I think mainly to keep them from moving out of place. However, because I have multiple rows, I'm pretty sure that there isn't much chance of the whole lot going anywhere.

It's a good question though.
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Not a whole lot going on here...two days taken up with trips to town.

I did cut up some logs and got the rounds up on to the float. That's about 1/3 of the battle.
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Last trip over was to get some 2 x 6's for the frame and deck portion of the moon viewing area.

Plus there were 4 more dek blocks...at 50 pounds apiece.

Well, I was taking one of these blocks off the boat on to the float, and I did a good job of misjudging how much the boat would rise when my weight plus the weight of the block I was carrying was removed from the boat. Caught my foot on the gunnel and over went I, the block and several wood rounds on the end of the dock. The float is covered with chicken wire so we don't slip. Skin doesn't seem to slip any too well on it either.

So today I have been nursing one very sore knee with a good size lump on it. I seem unable to put any weight on it which isn't a good sign I'm sure.

So now I get to lay on my keester for awhile until things improve.
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Late this afternoon there was an eclipse of the sun out west.

It should go without saying that the Canadian Government organized a whole lot of cloud so that we couldn't see it. They did a good job. About all we managed to see was the odd partial glimpse when a weak spot in the clouds went by.

The cloud was moving rather quickly, and we had barely a second or two for even the most feeble of peeks.

This was about the best I could do, and even this had to be coaxed out with iPhoto.
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Great job on the garden Keith. Looks awesome. Sorry to hear of your mishap and wishing you a speedy recovery.
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Great job on the garden Keith. Looks awesome. Sorry to hear of your mishap and wishing you a speedy recovery.
Thanks...did you guys have any better luck with the eclipse?
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I hate that you fell Keith, hopefully you will mend quickly and get some rest in the meanwhile. You water garden is looking great, it is really going to be sharp when you finish.

That moon/sun shot is really neat, we wouldn't have been able to see it here even if it wasn't cloudy.
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I hate that you fell Keith, hopefully you will mend quickly and get some rest in the meanwhile. You water garden is looking great, it is really going to be sharp when you finish.

That moon/sun shot is really neat, we wouldn't have been able to see it here even if it wasn't cloudy.
Yes, that's right Jim. It was a west coast thing. I believe if you were in Oregon or northern California, you got to see an annular eclipse. That is where there is a small ring of the sun which appears all the way around the outside of the moon. This happens when the moon is farther away from us, thus appearing smaller. When the moon is closer, we get a total eclipse of the sun.

We didn't get a full eclipse here as we were well outside the main path.

The whole west coast of British Columbia was clouded over...a bit of a disappointment to all the would be eclipse lovers.

There will be a very rare transit of Venus passing in front of the sun in early June, so we are hoping for clear skies that day. The next such transit is something like 124 years later. I have my doubts that I will be around for that one.

Steady rain here this morning - I think it started about midnight - and it's forecast for a few days. We aren't complaining though, as the garden definitely needs the water and so do our storage tanks.
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Maybe the rain was a Godsend to keep you down for a few days. Relax and enjoy the time off.
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Maybe the rain was a Godsend to keep you down for a few days. Relax and enjoy the time off.
I think you're right Bud. Only trouble is that I get agitated to do something after a few hours of doing nothing.

Not to worry though, the rain is with us for awhile. Besides, I can squander some time on the 'puter.
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Yes, that's right Jim. It was a west coast thing. I believe if you were in Oregon or northern California, you got to see an annular eclipse. That is where there is a small ring of the sun which appears all the way around the outside of the moon. This happens when the moon is farther away from us, thus appearing smaller. When the moon is closer, we get a total eclipse of the sun.

We didn't get a full eclipse here as we were well outside the main path.

The whole west coast of British Columbia was clouded over...a bit of a disappointment to all the would be eclipse lovers.

There will be a very rare transit of Venus passing in front of the sun in early June, so we are hoping for clear skies that day. The next such transit is something like 124 years later. I have my doubts that I will be around for that one.

Steady rain here this morning - I think it started about midnight - and it's forecast for a few days. We aren't complaining though, as the garden definitely needs the water and so do our storage tanks.
Keith, what will we be looking for in June when Venus goes in front of the sun? Will it just be a small dark spot or a large spot?

I know what you mean about the rain, I took the tarp off the camper this morning to get back on the roof and it started thundering and sprinkling so I quit for the day again. It is starting to get hot here and soon it will be too hot to be out during the midday.
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Keith, what will we be looking for in June when Venus goes in front of the sun? Will it just be a small dark spot or a large spot?
The spot will be quite noticeable Jim. The two planets between us and the sun are Mercury and Venus. Mercury is closest and when it transited the sun last time it could be seen quite clearly. Venus will be bigger because it is closer to us.

When it gets closer I will put the details up here. Right now I'm not sure exactly where it will be visible from on our planet, that largely depends on whether or not it is daylight where you are at the time of the transit. I'll get all that for you.

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