Getting the fire started and hot was a challenge. The last couple days have been cloudy and damp/rainy. Even with Dad's 'encouragement' the fire struggled to get going and just when we were thinking that we were going to have to give up and try another day it decided to cooperate.
While Dad encouraged the fire with various combustibles , Mom and I worked on pulling some nails from Caitlin and Robb's reclaimed lumber. We had a nice little pile of nail free boards by the time we could begin dragging the brush to the fire.
We also worked on some landscaping around the house. We decided while we were painting to pull out the old plant material from the front of the house, add some dirt to improve the grade away from the house and then put down plastic and a border and add some wood bark. I am so pleased that we were able to get the smaller west side done and ready for bark.
There are no before pictures but here are a few 'afters'.
|8 or 10 nail free boards|
|The fire, winding down.|
|Between the tree on the right and the white door there used to be a big pile of brush.|
|Ready for wood bark.|