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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Another week

The week has past without any exciting things happening. we have had an interesting spring so far this year. In the past week the fire department has been called out to assist with flooding and with grass fires , and it is still snowing on the nearby mountains now it is raining which means there is going to be more flooding. All is not bad news there are spring flowers coming up in the yard. 20180404_10254020180404_102547

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Happy Easter

Easter this year was April first but we didn’t play any jokes. We had a great group of family 21 people  10 kids and 11 adults. Kids and Grand kids we had a fun time with an egg hunt for the kids littler ones in one part of the yard and bigger ones in another part .




once we had all the eggs collected it was time for a fire and hot dogs. 20180401_133050




after that it was just time to sit and visit


This was a great day with everyone having a lot of fun. one of the reasons we bought this place.

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