The past three weekends we've been working on several projects down by our brook. Jeremy's friend, Al, built a stone wall for us around our fire pit. We figured he would just pile up the stones found in the area where it appears that an old wall stood, many New England years ago. He did more than that...he built this gorgeous semi-circle stone wall with flat sides and top, an enlarged stone fire pit, and built a small stone border around a sitting area by the brook, where I can sit and watch the kids play in the water. The first weekend Jeremy rented a small bobcat excavator which he used to move some of the biggest rocks and some really large stumps from the area. We also built two rain gardens which will hold the rainwater from two of our roof downspouts and allow infiltration. We've planted native species that like to have wet roots. It's a wonderful idea and I'm anxious to see if it solves a bit of our runoff issues.
Last weekend I built two 10' by 5' raised garden boxes from hemlock I purchased at the sawmill near our house. Cedar is hard to find here and very expensive.
Jeremy started building a tree house. He's been doing research on tree houses for years now, and was excited to start on one. I think it's quite an ambitious project, but he never had one as a child and I think he's wanting to make up for that. Oslo, of course, is very excited, and cheers Jeremy on from below (the framing of the structure is still too precarious for Oslo to be helping out directly). Once the floor is built he'll be up there plenty.