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Diary of a Boy Gardener

We are in the Berkshires, the beautiful rolling hills of western Massachusetts where the season is short and the frosts sometimes win. Visit Sally and David's Gardens and see how two old farts spend their time helping what plants they can find their place in this world.

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Location: Hinsdale, Massachusetts, United States

Retired Service Engineer. Installed and repaired diagnostic x-ray equipment. Trained and supported others doing the same thing.

Saturday, May 03, 2003

What a day!!! Nice cool clear day. The May flies and no-seeums can't handle it. So we did lots out there. David got the back off the woodshed and got it stored properly in the basement. Also out came the mowers (will put in use very soon) and other stuff squirelled away for the winter. The best deal was fixing up the poor old wattle house. Squared her up best we could by removing all 45 deg angle pieces (love those battery powered screw guns), then used some long sticks to push a bit here and there. Once square, re-attached the angle pieces, then off to chop down some 10 foot poplar sapplings, strip the branches and make a roof. Gonna have to take some pics just to show you what happened.
As the sun set in the west, David poured a wine and sat in the back yard looking towards the front. Not moving much, just a sip now and then. Suddenly about 20 feet in front of him lands a hawk. Preens a bit, then flies off low toward the front and banks hard left around the house. David waits ten minutes then slowly rounds the house corner, only to spook said hawk which was perched on top of the electric meter on the front of the house, commanding a fine view of two bird feeders and explaining the feather piles found about twice a week in the general area. Ain't nature grand?
Update 17 May: Here is a picture of the beginning of the wattle house reconstruction.


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