Flat Mountain Dispatches

meadow

Honestly, it's a struggle to get anything done outside once the wild strawberries are out. They grow everywhere and I swear that for every one you eat, three more appear in their place the following day.

The cherries have also ripened this week. Most of the treeline from the meadow up to the fence around the garden is dense with cherry tree's, so we don't have to fight the blackbirds too much to gather them. There's almost too many to go around!

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My writing desk.

Sitting here doesn't help me to get any writing finished, but it's pretty rad all the same.

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Felled my first tree's by hand, using a bow-saw and hatchet. Have only taken saplings so far so this was a step-up; you don't really appreciate how much weight and force there is in a tree — even a relatively small tree like birch — until you're working with them this way.

The first came down easily but the second got trapped up in the bows of the pine, so we had to lead it down from a distance using rope. Otherwise it was a fairly quick process.

We're removing these birches to free up space for the crowded pine; its lower canopy has already started to die back and we want to minimise the risk of it getting any more out-shaded. We're also planning to have a growing space adjacent, and the roots of these will take up a lot of useful water and nutrients from the soil. Birch is a very hungry tree!

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