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Quite a change, Steven. Must have been a large person for the one person wide car. You could have had some garden between the house and the drive way by using for instance raised beds. Though, you can liven it up with large pots if you want plants. One thing which is strange, and struck me all of a sudden ... you didn't use staggered planks for the deck! Neither are the treenails visible!

 

Yes, official business, the worst kind to wait for. The street in our village had to be altered by them. First we had half a year of scraped asphalt, now we have liquid tar and gravel when it's over 22C. I've already thrown out one pair of shoes ... community service? Glad you can move on and enjoy the changes.

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When we moved to the Pittsburgh area in 1970, the main road by our development was being rebuilt and regraded. When we got there it was paved with tar and gravel, and stayed that way for about a year. Then they finally paved it. 3 months later they dug it up to put in new water lines, and repaved it. a couple months later they dug it up again, to put in new sewer lines, and repaved it again! While the lines were going in, they put down tar and gravel as they progressed, repaving when finished.

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17 hours ago, cog said:

You could have had some garden between the house and the drive way by using for instance raised beds.

A possibility, but we decided having a wider verandah was a better option.

17 hours ago, cog said:

Though, you can liven it up with large pots if you want plants.

Which is exactly what we've done - we built  8 wooden planter boxes (you can see one in the second-last photo) and filled them with pot-plants which look tropical but can survive the frigid Ballarat winters - it's a jungle out there!

17 hours ago, cog said:

you didn't use staggered planks for the deck!

Not on the decking - it was bought in prefabricated modules and we just put them together. We figured it cost about the same as scratch-building and involved much less work. Note, however, the decking shifts in the seat/box in the last picture! 

 

Regarding the tar, both Cog and Ron - I feel your pain . . .

 

Steven

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Just as well we did it when we did. The next day we had the first of three days of torrential rain and hail which kept us indoors. And today it snowed on the outskirts of Ballarat (we went for a drive to see the snow and about 50 km out we were turned back by the police because the roads were impassible.

 

Steven

 

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Well, there are plenty of roos in rural Australia (we see them every now and then when we go for a drive); they stay away from cities and suburbs (unless there's a lot of bushland, as there was when we were living about 22 km from Melbourne, there was a local mob living in the bush near us).

 

We get snow in the high country every winter - there's quite a bit of skiing goes on if that's what you're into. We don't get snow in Ballarat every year, but in the 7 or so years we've lived here, this is about the 4th time I've seen it, and it was heavier this time than I've ever seen it here.

 

Steven

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Well, I learned that heavy wall clocks need to be mounted with something more than a nail! I was sleeping on the couch (I wasn't in trouble, I tend to roll out of bed) and about 1AM the cats bounced off the the clock which fell and bounced off my face!

 

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So I was at the ER at 1:30AM. No permanent damage, but my eye looks like I lost to Mr. Ali!

 

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So,I started on one of two need modeling cabinets that I am making for the office area of the shop.The cabinets are being made out of red oak like the wall cabinet is now pics below.The cabinets will measure 34"HX22"DX48"L with glass shelves and mirror back with lighting.The work involved in the shop today was planing the 5/4 to 1'thickness cutting to 34"X3" four pieces then four pieces 34"X2" with appropriate biscut cuts these make the corners 3"X3"(that's one clamped up).The 4/4 was plane down to 3/4" thickness and will be panels on the sides and back.The work station has a built in vacuum system which I hardly use anymore then you see the wood supply wall mostly 75% from outside the US mainly Africa and to the L of that is a memorial to my older brother Gary passed 4yrs ago some ashes and picc and a Harley scarf.The table with the bench press is my reloading station got a little 6" planer/joiner I still have not mastered down below.The last station is the planer station 13" Dewalt har har har Nice machine.I have two a/c's in the shop 13000 BTU in the office and 5000 BTU in the shop it's been 110' heat index outside and my shop is 68' just now colder than the house.I built the whole kitten kaboodle after Katrina(some recycled wood in there) took me about three years on the shop itself.

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So I got the L/side of cabinet one assembled today about 4/5hrs of work could of shaved off an hour but I cut one of the panels 1/32' shy.I remember that I had some 3/4'W oak veneer and I wala ironed that that sucker on to the end to take up the gap.I p/u two more boards which should get me well into cabinet #2.The panels themselves float.

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Just finished putting the hooks on this frame.  I had a piece of plexi left over from one of the kids projects and wanted to frame up one of these plans so 7$ at Lowes got me the trim and the rest from around the house got me here.  Was kinda interesting using the Byrnes table saw to cut the corners.  

 

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 you may remember a long you may remember a long time ago, part of my Landscaping was destroyed by a contractor that took 8 months to add on one bedroom and bath to my neighbor's house.

 

 I finally I finally had my day in court, and I won. The judge awarded me $1,800 including 100 for court costs and fees. It was an open and shut case... Seeing as the guy never showed up.

 

 the the judge tells me that I get to drive 40 miles to the downtown of the nearest city, to the Sheriff's Department, to talk to someone about my options. Why I can't call I don't know.

 

First option, garnishes wages. No wages, he's a contractor. Take his taxes. He probably pays in. Not that he would be honest. No here's one I like, I can request the court to demand him to show income of every sort to show why he didn't pay. If he doesn't show up for that hearing, they will swear out a warrant for his arrest.

 

 I I called a local attorney and offered $100 to call the guy and scare the crap out of him. 4 days later I had a check for $1,800.

 

 

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This past weekend I attended the Biennial convention with Vasa Order of America. This took place in Mt. Vernon in Washington. Next one will happen in two years. These conventions are to establish new board. Some offices needs to be replaced depending on their cycle time. Lots of work but also productive.  Two pleasant evenings with various social events. 

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What did I do today?...…….had an awesome day!

Timing is everything when it comes to the "Leaf Peeping" time of the year in New England.

If you go early enough, there are no crowds, none. It was perfect! There is some color in the trees, but not as much in a few more weeks, but enough.

 

Today, we made a trip to the Von Trapp Beer Hall and Brewery in Stowe Vermont.

Yes, the same Von Trapp family from The Sound of Music. They settled up here decades ago.

Had an awesome lunch!

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Afterwards we headed to the "Toll Road" of the Stowe Mt Ski Resort.

It's a road that you can drive up the mountain. Just shy from the top.

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New Hampshire may be called "The Granite State", but more granite is taken from Vermont than New Hampshire. 

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Today was unusually warm, so there was a haze over the mountains all day.

It was 15 degrees cooler at the top of the mountain than at the base. Felt great!

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If you look at the below map, If you can make it out. There's a yellow dotted line on the very left edge, near the white ski trails.

That's the Toll Road.

It doesn't go all the way around the mountain, it ends at the first peak in the middle of the map. 

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The Fall colors are out there, but it's still early.

In a few weeks, this entire valley will be all red, orange and yellow. 

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The below pic is looking down the entrance of a Double Black Diamond ski trail, experts only!

My knees hurt just looking down it.

They must still be looking for skiers from last winter!!!!!

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Bought my self one souvenir from the Von Trapp Beer Hall.

I cant wait to see how many beers this can hold!

 

Das Boot!

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Prost! :cheers:

 

Tom E 

 

 

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Some Pretty Country!! all we have is oak trees,pine and cedar.Now if you look south the view is better to the GOM but Horn Island is untouched for the most part and the Forrest Rangers keep it that way Golden Eagles roost at the top of old dead trees quite a sight.  ;) Kevin

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We will also be going through the change here in the Pacific Northwest in a few weeks. It varies a little depending on the rain but like your area it is pretty impressive. We may retain a little more green though because I think we have a little more evergreens in our forest than where you are.

 

As for the Von Trapp's, You have to remember that Georg Von Trapp was a WWI captain of a Imperial Austro-Hungarian Navy U-boat, the SM U-5, so you can write off your meal as research! :rolleyes: 

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Trees are in quite a bad shape here due to last year's draught, and this year's heatwaves. Besides that, farmers have been draining water from the water table. A lot of the trees have a sickly green-greyish foilage, many have dead branches, and it seems the autumn colours on this side of the country aren't coming through. A few days ago I was in France (Dordogne) and they just got the first rain since last April/May - just hope I didn't take it with me on my way up North for I drove through some hughe showers 

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