Monthly Archives: November 2007

Exterior Scaffolding Up

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Yesterday evening we got the exterior scaffolding up around the tiny cottage. This is made of units like the one below. Last year I learned that: Good scaffolding is worth the time it takes to build. Vertical 2×4 scaffolding is … Continue reading

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Mystery Photo 20071111

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What’s this?What are the marks?Leave ideas in comments… Clue 1 Clue 2 Answer The temperatures below are for the air. The tiny cottage is still unheated, other than solar gain and we’ve just had a long period of cloudiness. Stone … Continue reading

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Lazy Dog Days

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Holly and I were just talking about this topic in the afternoon. We were looking at our various dogs lazing around in the sun. They vanish into the landscape, blending in with snow, leaves and rocks. High points of the … Continue reading

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Certified Naturally Grown 2007

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Sugar Mountain Farm Naturally Grown Certification 2007We just received our 2007 certification for the Certified Naturally Grown (CNG)program. CNG follows standards similar to the USDA’s Certified Organic program but it is a farmer based program with some additions. In addition … Continue reading

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Bedroom Ceiling Pour

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A lot of projects require days of setup and then are completed in a couple of hours. The bedroom ceiling is an example. It took us about a week to get the forms perfected. I’ve done a lot of test … Continue reading

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Pastured Pork Poster

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Now that our pastured pork has been in stores and restaurants for a while I’ve gotten requests for a poster of some sort to hang on the walls to increase awareness of our pigs and tell a little bit about … Continue reading

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One Year Construction Mark

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Today marks the one year mark since we poured the foundation for our tiny cottage on November 6th 2006. Design goals: A real living space for us as opposed to our farm house which is mostly farm related spaces but … Continue reading

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Bed and Bath Doorway Arches

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Cap Stone CuttingOnce we had the pillars in place for the bathroom and bedroom doorways I needed cap stones of grey granite to start the brick arches. Much of the junk granite we get from the quaries and stone sheds … Continue reading

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Bed and Bath Doorway Pillars

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Parged Partition PanelHere Holly and Hope have just finished parging the bedroom-library partition wall. The surface bonding parge of fine sifted sand concrete with PVA fibers serves to lock the 4″ wide 8″x16″ concrete masonry unit (CMU) partition blocks in … Continue reading

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Kitchen Planter

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My name is Walter and I like house plants. There, I said it. My confession. I also like tropical aquariums, reefs, corals, fish, paludarium, etc. My addiction has been passed on to my children. Soo… Our house will have many … Continue reading

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