Yard Clean Up

Here we are, back in Idaho. Attempting an overhaul on the yard. Let me tell you, it’s some serious WORK! I know! It will be great when its done. But for now it is lots of sweat and muscle aches.

Now for a little history, this home was once own by a couple that lived here for over 40 years. He was a plumber, and she was a duck farmer. Which is why the property had so many little houses on it. There was not a duck she could turn away. The neighborhood had nicknamed her the “duck lady”. I have no idea how many ducks she had, but I hear she had no problem supplying a local Chinese restaurant with duck eggs. So here’s the thing, as she aged, should could no longer clean out all the little duck houses and would put fresh hay on top of the old. For years!!! That was clearly evident as we work to clear out the yurt for my youngest. That last layer was some pretty well aged stinky hay.

So besides the duck mess, I can confidently say, they most likely never threw anything away! Why do I say that? Well, we would find ply wood just laying in the field that may have been there for like 10 years. Under that would be another piece of ply wood, maybe 15 to 20 years old. Oh, and under that, yeah, another piece of plywood that was also well aged! That is seriously how it has been. Besides all miscellaneous junk. We seriously thought we would be pulling out nothing but old fencing. But all the over growth of weeds held so many dirty little secrets.

Then there was this old “barn” that was build of scrap wood. Apparently, the mister of this place use to be a hunter, and kept a horse to go hunting on. Later, when that part of his life ended, they had a little donkey living in this shabby shack. We have some remnants for that to clean up too!

After the solids were removed, we got our hands dirty with the plants and shrubs. That was a story all its own. The 10 years of mulch was a bit overwhelming to rake out. One small area could easily fill a yard waste bin in about 1 hours worth of work. So far we have thinned out some trees, removed old trees, some dreadful juniper bushes, and some various other plants. But though this, our children have been delighted to find old nests and a ton of sea shells. Not sure why there are sea shells all over the property, but there are.

This was the view from our laundry room door. What a mess!

I guess you can say we have our work cut out for us. At least we don’t have to touch the inside of the house!

“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24

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