Tuesday, July 28, 2009


This is a small portion of the mass of old materials removed from my roof. The roofer estimated that thousands of pounds of weight have been lifted off my poor old house. There were actually wooden shingles in the layers! I've never even seen a building with wooden shingles. I wonder if these layers have been added ever since the house was built back in 1935.

Here it is with a clean paper over the new sheeting. Tomorrow they will put on the shingles.

A little peek at the second cropping of peas, lettuces and spinach. Besides a tendency for the spinach to bolt, I'm quite pleased with the experiment. Will definitely plan on doing this again next year.

I picked a nice bunch of peas today and just finished munching on them for a snack. The shells were tossed to the guinea pigs as a treat. Yum all around.
Finally, I had to admit that the animals had brought an invasion of fleas into the house and I got out the foggers. It's a big job of moving the pigs down into the basement, covering the fish tank, making sure all the cats are out and clearing the house of anything that must be kept clean of the insecticides. Even when it was safe to return the pig cages had to be stripped down and cleaned so they would have a safe environment to come home to. The cats got another frontline treatment and we're done!


mrsnesbitt said...

Oh wow! Peas! I remember my grandad grew peas. One day I ate my way through a whole carrier bag full of them! My chickens arrive tonight so they too will be munching away on cast offs! Mmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!

Thomas said...

was wondering when pictures of the roof would show up. Bonfire time.

Kath said...

Hello, I just came over from Mrs Nesbitts, who is in chicken frenzy LOL Lovely photos here and very interesting veg garden. SOunds like you and I are about the same age, I'm sleeping under a 4.5 tog duvet all year round now, due to my Menopausal central heating ha ha
best wishes Kath www.railwaycottage.blogspot.com

Compostwoman said...

Did you know diatomaceous earth is a good flea killer? both on pets and in your house...it dessicates the little buggers dead....

Roof...ours is FINISHED! (Cw does little happy dance around...)

I would keep those shingles for firewood ( if you have a stove or fireplace, that is...) we have salvaged a load of untreated roofing laths and have them stacked as firewood....

waste not want not.....

mmm peas...I grow sugar snap peas and often very few make it to the kitchen ( ooops)

tpals said...

Thanks for all the comments! I never seem to grow enough peas to satisfy my craving for that fresh from the garden flavor.

The crew cleaned up as they worked so the piles were gone by the end of each day (and no wood stove).

I'll have to look into the diatomaceous earth. I hate using the chemicals but hate the bugs more.

Welcome Kath! Your blog looks fascinating. :)