storing up treasures

Back last fall when we were trying to research and creatively conjure up ideas for the yurt deck, Poppa Stan brought us part of a wooden silo. His idea was that we use it as skirting for around the base of the yurt, or as a whole wooden cylider-room for beneath the yurt. We decided not to pursue this idea, especially since we were trying to make all accomodations to easily pass code restrictions. Since then, the pile of tongue-in-groove boards and huge metal tension rings have sat under a tarp in a pile beneath an apple tree.

We thought we'd use the wood for our loft bed, but the creosote-treated boards should not be used thus. (But don't tell all the little mice now happily nestled in there.) Now we may use them for building compost bins, maybe a woodshed, raised beds (does anyone out there know if the creosote would affect vegetables?), or terraces.

Sunday we had the Owens and the Ben/Amy pair for lunch. It's wonderful how time with friends leaves you both full and satisfied, yet so hungry for more! We splashed in the tiny Unicorn Gorge (but found no unicorns, sadly). Phil found a nest of baby garter-snakes under the bark in a tree stump, which made us both miss George (anyone remember that story?). Abigail insisted on bringing us ice-cream, despite my warnings that our only refridgeration was submerging things in the spring. It was an afternoon of both sunshine and thunderstorms, and full of smiles and laughter.

Yesterday we visited and shared our burdens over at Cathy and Paul's. Both are dear friends. Paul is a timber-framer, wood-worker, and artist, and is helping us build our loft-bed. He was generous and patient, teaching us and letting us use his fancy-schmancy woodworking tools. Cathy is an avid plant lover and expert, and she made us yummy treats while we worked and visited.

Tonight our community book discussion was postponed, so Phil and I will hopefully make some progress on our container-garden around the yurt. We will also be helping throughout the season with the Turtle Village garden, but are planting some veggies and herbs up around our place to add to the learning process. Plus it will be really pretty to have green things around the yurt. I'm really looking forward to getting to know these plants better, learning how to help things grow.

I've been watching a nest of Juncos here at work, starting since I first spotted the speckled eggs, and today I saw the little fledglings fluttering around. Small clumsy fluffs with stubby tails, I heard them calling for their parents' guidance, and probably food.


Sandy said...

I miss your photos, but love your thoughts (as always). I like this process of living you have. Of "figuring it out" when so much of western developed culutre has already figured it out for us.

And I love you.

Abigail said...

According to the Cooperative Extension, plants (vegetable or non) should be kept clear of anything containing creosote. It can be harmful to the plants, and, beyond that, it can leech into the roots of tuber vegetables. That's the voice of the Cooperative Extension, though; I actually know next to nothing about creosote except that if it had been possible to package it in bottles when I was growing up, my worrywart father would have slathered them with icky, green-face, poison stickers.

It was good, so good, to see you and Phil. Could the girls and I sleep in a tipi that weekend? We need another fix. Much electronic love from the five of us to you.

(Oh, and John was talking to Scott on the phone tonight about Phil. Pretty high praise. We've got to have the Squirrel meet the Farmer sometime.)

One last Oh. I'm glad for your friendship with knowledgeable mentors. What a treasure they are.

Abigail said...
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Abigail said...

Oops. Here's a discussion thread that's somewhat related, though I only skimmed it and it may deal with more freshly creosote-treated lumber. Maybe you could wrap them in plastic? Or, perhaps, if they're old enough, the creosote has lost its potency and is okay to use? I dunno. If I find someone who actually knows what they're talking about, I'll let you know...

MOM B said...

Interesting problem--I checked on the EPA'w website and they do not recommend the use of creosote-treated wood (they particularly mention people using old railroad ties) in landscaping around their houses. They state that creosote-treated wood is not approved for residential usage. It's an interesting substance--plant or wood derivitive--but potentially very dangerous to those who handle it or work with it. Glad you decided not to use it in your bed!