Klepper

buckwheat.jpgYesterday I rototilled the buckwheat in both gardens. The outside garden had such fluffy soil it was like walking in bread dough. The buckwheat half of the greenhouse garden had not been watered in a long while, and it was more like cement. Both had healthy crops of buckwheat, though, which will enrich the soil for next year’s vegetables. This year I let this crop of buckwheat flower, which I haven’t done in the past. I’d like to say it was a strategic decision, but in truth I was just too busy to get it tilled until yesterday. I learned something, though. Insects LOVE buckwheat flowers. I believe in the future I will let my buckwheat crops flower as a favor to the local insects.

building.jpgOne other thing I wanted to accomplish this summer was to get Alice and I out in the Klepper kayak. We thought about the calendar, and realized today was the last day of summer. Alice goes back to work tomorrow, so it was today or never (not really, but it makes a better story that way.) In case you don’t know about these, the Klepper is a German kayak that folds down into 3 bags, and can be stored almost anywhere. We bought it thinking we’d bring it along when we take our trip in the camper.

I loaded up the bags in the wheelbarrow and headed out to the back pond. They say an experienced builder can put these things together in 15 minutes. I’m not experienced. The last time I put it together was about 2 years ago, so I had some relearning to do. After about 2 hours of trail and error, she was seaworthy.

kayaking.jpgI took her for a short spin around the pond before I invited Alice to join me. The conditions were perfect and we had a very nice 15 or 20 minutes on the water. That’s right… 2 hours to build it and 20 minutes of paddling. We decided to put it away still together so we can take it out a few more times this year.

I still walk up to the wood piles and give them a little pat now and then. I also walked out in the woods and brought the bulldozer home. Next project for the dozer will probably be feeding cedar logs onto the sawmill for lumber for the Estivant Pines’ project.

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