I made myself promise that I would stay focused on the house renovation project, and not just flit from task to unfinished task.
But the heat has made me a filthy liar. It is too hot to work on the job that I need to do. I need to be standing on a ladder, re-plastering my ceiling.
But when I try to do that, I instantly over-heat.
So, I've been working on the back yard, instead. Our back year has a lot of potential. But truthfully, it's also a gigantic mess. I think the woman who owned the house before we did was not able to keep up her yard, and things just sort of fell into disarray.
Of course, I love this sort of challenge.
And I kind of love kicking things to pieces, so tearing apart the rotting trellis fence was more fun that I should probably admit.
I have to get the paint from this fence tested, quickly, because paint chips from this fence cover huge sections of my garden-to-be.
The back yard is littered with more dead, fallen branches than you could shake a stick at.
I've been gathering them up, with the idea that we'll use them for kindling wood once we get the chimney fixed. At the moment, the chimney is falling away from the house, and has neither a weather cap nor a flue damper. We've got to get all this dealt with before the rains start.
This massive pile is just some of the crap I've cleared out of the back yard. It is the start of compost to re-nourish my soil.
Pay no attention to the ugliest fence in the world. Assuming the soil is good, we plan to grow hops in front of this eyesore.
Beer, or at least hops, will make everything better.