We had another busy week of catching up with projects that are best done when guests are not here. During the rainy season, we had a small mudslide between the pasture and the area next to the large pond. As the mud slid down the embankment it filled up the canal. This is an emergency overflow canal. When we get heavy rains, it collects the rain water that streams down the hill as well as collects the spring water that seeps out of the mountainside. It's an effective way to avoid sopping wet grass. All this extra water is filtered back into the ponds, too.
It was useless for Kevin and Martin to repair the damage until the rain stopped. And once the rain stopped, we got very busy with the B&B... so this project was put on hold. This week was the week.
Kevin and Martin dug up the canal, wide enough to fit these large concrete cylinder pipes. Eight pipes connected together. Then they covered the pipes with dirt. It looks really messy right now, but soon the grass will grow over the area and none will be the wiser. Good job done, boys!
In other Hush Valley Lodge news... we have peaches!! I was driving up the driveway the other day and noticed all this peaches in our peach trees. We barely had any last year. They're not huge, but I'm so impressed we finally have peaches. Maybe all that pruning Kevin did last year and the organic fertilizer we fed the trees is yielding some reward!
Oh and a little update on Bobbie McGee. She's growing. She's still not all that big, and she doesn't weigh much... all that running around the property keeps her slim and fit. We had her spayed in January and she's recovered from the surgery without too much fuss. She's about 6 months old now, and although we are still training her not to jump up on people, we've noticed she's calming down a bit. Although the jumping can be annoying (thank goodness she's not a big dog), our guests seem to instantly fall in love with her... she mesmerizes them with her charm, apparently.
She continues to be an outdoor dog, we've stayed strong and resolute with that decision, but when the French doors are wide open, she sometimes inches her way in and lies at the foot of Kevin's feet. She just wants a bit of company, so we give in... or we take it as a sign to go outside and play with her. When we drive off in the SUV up the driveway to go into town, she runs after us. By the time we get to the gate, get out, open the gate, drive through, close the gate... she's caught up to us. She follows us down the hill and as we cross the river she stops and heads back home. The first couple of times we were worried she wouldn't turn back. But now we're not concerned. It's a bit of a game. When we arrive home, she's usually curled up on her mat or in her crate. She knows where her home is.
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