another month

Time goes by rather quickly when you are having fun and we are having lots of fun. There are lots of small things to be done around the yard we always seem to have a list of things to do. I did manage to get out for one all day motorcycle trip other than that it has been work around the yard . We got our motorhome moved over and parked in the back yard.


we also got our firepit built, we will add some patio blocks around it later to finish it off.


We have been enjoying our new dog I am going to train her as a water rescue dog.



she is a good swimmer so you hold on to the handle of her jacket and she will pull you to shore. Maybe when she is bigger, for now she just likes to play.


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Lots of activities

Wow the last few weeks have been very busy I was away at a Fire Chiefs convention for a week and just before I went away we got a new puppy.


We have been busy getting the puppy trained or the puppy has been getting us trained I am getting sleep deprived. In spite of the inconvenience we are very happy with our new addition to the family. Today being fathers day I got to do lots of jobs around the yard . We have been working on finishing our pool fence with an arched gate and today almost finished it with some planted trees,


all that is left is some stepping stones under the arbor part of the gate.  Yes that is a wine barrel hiding behind the fence , we had thought of putting barrels by the gate but decided to use planters instead and then cut the barrels in half and plant vegitables in them. we got our garden going, late but it is started for this year. It is another story, we had someone come and strip off the top layer of dirt where we were going to put the garden but between the time of asking him and him arriving we decided to move the garden spot over a bit but he came when we were not home and the garden is in the original spot. than a week later he came with the 3 truckloads of top soil , unfortunately when the truck backed in it ran over an irrigation pipe and broke it so we had to repair that and while we were doing that we added an extension so we could water the new garden. that is now all complete and the garden is all leveled and some plants are in including 8 blueberry bushes.  I was going to work on the solar pool heater today but we decided to take a short wine tour instead hitting 3 of our favorites the result was 2 cases of wine. When we got home we got a surprise gift of 6 wines from another vineyard I had done a presentation for. I will try to get busy and finish the heater tomorrow. Another bonus we picked up two chairs for the pool deck that were on a super special ( I think they miss priced them ) we asked twice if the price was correct and then said ok we want them. It was a great fathers day.



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Fence building party

We needed a new fence around the pool so we had a fence building day with two of my boys. We thought we were going to have more helpers but the three of us with a little advice from wives were able to get it done in one day. I think everyone was exhausted at the end of the day but we had a good time working together. we had a tractor with an auger to dig the holes but usually had to do some hand digging to get the post in exactly the right spot. The plan was to cement every post but as we started we realized we would only need to cement the ends and corners the rest could be packed with sand and gravel.



holes all dug posts in holes ready to put it together


progress with supervision


the finished product



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spring time in Oliver

Just back from a ride


32 degrees,a glass of Riesling and a dish of pistachios, life can’t get much better




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starting to look like summer

after a busy time last weekend it is time to try to get some work done at home. in between flood calls and fire calls I managed to get some pruning done.

there is a wagon under that pile of prunings. The grass is starting to grow back where we dug things up last fall and the rest of the yard is starting to look like summer.


this is the view out of my bedroom window.


working to get the pool ready to go this coming week.

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a busy time of year

We just completed the 2018 Oliver firefighters training seminar. We had 325 firefighters from 75 departments here for 3 days of hands on live fire training. It is always fun to open the event with something different.

Now it is time for me to relax by getting caught up on work around the yard. the flowering trees are a bit ahead of schedule and are looking great


you can hardly see the address sign for the blossoms.


the rest of the yard is looking great as well


looking forward to a great summer

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What a year looks like

20170325_111808this is a picture from when we first looked at our new house,April 2017

as the year progressed






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these are just some pictures through the year.

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