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A week off from DeJoux but work goes on..

Daniel and I were not at the house this weekend. We had visitors in the city and had to stay in NYC. We both really missed it...(although Daniel didn't miss it that much as he worked on the plans for some more this weekend...he promises they will be done soon and we can begin construction proper!).

Last weekend we were there in the rain so I made Daniel work on the drawings from the porch. Even in the rain the lake looked lovely.

One of the pictures I took was almost the same view as a photo we took when we bought the house. It really shows how much clearing Daniel and I had done.

Before: After:

There were some events this weekend without us. "Bernie the Brush Hog" came this week to brush hog the field again. We are trying to get it to a meadow and get rid of the brambles that continue to sprout up. This cut will allow the grasses to grow up through the summer so it should wonderful in a month or two.

Ryan Petit the chainsaw man (Daniel and I are still very cautious of that contraption!) continues to cut down some of the trees that we tagged. He's stacking the wood in the garage so that we will have wood for the fireplaces that Daniel has been drawing...

...Which I'm hoping will look something like this:

More excitement this week, I promise.


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