Sunday, June 23, 2019

Lovely June Workday

It's going to be getting hot here soon, but today was overcast and fairly cool .... a great day to be outside working at Elderberry.  We had two visitors today - Su-Min and Ayn - and they both helped with some weeding chores.  The big project today was staining our new mailbox structure, so we had several helpers working on that.  In addition, we had folks cleaning the hive, splitting kindling, and repairing an old barn.
.   Mike and Chuck staining the structure that houses
our mailboxes, golf cart (named Zelda) and bikes

We have many old buildings at Elderberry, so we are staining our newer buildings to match the
heritage buildings on the site - metal roofs and aged siding.

Just as I was walking by with the camera, Mike managed to drop his whole
paintbrush into the bucket of pain!
Jon and Joyce were also on the staining crew
Mary and Ross worked on repairs to an old log barn where we
store our 4-wheeler (named Zeke).  Joyce stopped by to ask if help was needed
and was put to work pulling nails!

Ross hard at work on the barn

In working on the barn and mailbox structure we used untreated pine from a local sawmill, and saved all
the scraps for firewood.  Richard is using a froe to split the scraps for kindling for our common house wood stove.

Meg heads up the kitchen committee and was hard at work cleaning today

Joan heads up the common house committee and was doing the type of cleaning I never do at my own house!

Ayn is a new associate member and spent much of the day weeding

Su-Min was also visiting today - Lucy kept our visitors busy !

Sadly, we had to cut a huge red oak tree on the property this past week, because it was dying. 
Cecil and Vonda are loading up some of the wood from the tree to split for firewood. 
We were also left with a good-sized pile of mulch.  Before the tree was cut
we held a little ceremony to thank it, and also to express gratitude for all of the trees on our property.

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