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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Summer Break...

3:20 pm - 92 degrees - sunny with a light breeze...

It’s hard to believe August is almost over!!  Maybe it’s true what they say about getting older; the hours in the day wiz by and weeks turn into months in the blink of an eye because summer has certainly flown by! 

Although I love the heat and sunshine, and the sound of kids playing outside all day, the end of August signals the start of school, the end of sunshine at 9 pm, and the beginning of our descent into winter.

Here are a few pictures from our busy summer...

Tony graded the driveway (over a mile long) a few times this summer and then the kids and I get to clean all the gravel off the bridge.

We went on several family hikes this summer including another trip to the Ape Caves!


Firewood is a never ending project of falling trees and cutting them up into rounds...


...then splitting the rounds into firewood.


Summer time is all about playing in the water - trips to the creek, river and lots and lots of water fights!


 It's just not summer if we're not outside bbq'ing!


We love to go for drives and wander around looking at and enjoying all the spectacular sights around us!


Tony spent just over an hour driving the 8 foot copper coated steel rod into the ground using a fence post driver.


Getting some of the parts of our power system organized - a pile of cables and wiring, 24 batteries (3 groups of 8) and 8 solar panels (5' x 2'6").


Some concrete, framing, plywood and the room under the stairwell is almost enclosed.  A little more work and then the "control room" for the electrical will be done.

And of course, we made several fun trips to the beach.

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