I have been looking forward to another campfire! I set out the other night into the backyard with matches, bug spray, and materials to work on painting/decorating my (pvc pipe) didgeridoo while sitting by the fire.
As I set down what I was carrying, a large bee charged toward me. I moved out of its way and it circled back toward me, buzzing loudly. I had already used some of the natural bug spray which typically works so well, but I think I’ve found an insect it does not repel.
I adjourned, resolving to use a different, less fruity-smelling bug spray the next time I approach the fire pit. I just got stung by one of these fellows a few weeks ago, and the stinger was so large I could not get it out on my own. I had to have it cut out of my hand and then get stitches…. tough to believe, but it happened.
Say the title five times fast! Come on, I dare you….
it’s a tongue twister 😉 It’s also something I’m considering currently. The fire pit has had its first fire, complete with S’mores! It was a roaring, sizzling success. When I got it going (with no liter fluid nor starter log! those are not my style), smoke and steam billowed out from under the edge of the bowl, which was somewhat unnerving! My guess is that it was due to evaporation of water between the lip of the bowl and the frame it rests in.
The newest development is that around the fire pit little weeds have been ‘planted’ by birds passing overhead. This was not a problem when the ground-cover was comprised of leaves and sticks… and it’s making me consider whether mulch is not a bad idea after all.
I don’t know what some of the ‘volunteer’ plants are, but some are pokeweed, which is Very invasive and nearly impossible to get rid of.
These plants are worse than roaches. They Must be dug out with a shovel, making sure you get the ENTIRE root. Otherwise, a bit of the root stays and you’ll be picking pokeweed from the exact same spot each week, and it will return again the following year. They get really tall…. at least 8 feet. Their berries not only fall right under the plant, so that you’ve got tons more in the same area, but birds are quite fond of them, too and spread them by eating them and then flying over. Pokeweed grows really fast, using up lots of nutrients from the soil, and the entire plant is poisonous to humans.
Ready to help me eradicate pokeweed? 😉 Kidding, but I hope these tips prove helpful if you, too, are dealing with this plant overtaking your lovely yard.
So when I said I would post photos of the new fire pit, I wasn’t expecting to have a cool story to go along with them!
We made our way to Lowe’s this past Saturday and looked around. Dad saw a fire pit and said if there was a larger one that was exactly the same, he would buy it. There weren’t any on the ‘floor’ so we thought we might be going home. We asked for help and were shown a larger one, exactly what we were looking for!
We strapped the box to the roof-rack with twine and checked that it was solidly on there.
Halfway home, a convertible pulls up next to us, its college-age passengers shouting. We could see that they were holding the fire pit box! I was in disbelief- after all, we didn’t hear it fall- did they catch it as it flew off the roof? How could that be possible?
We rolled down the window and heard “We got the same one you did!” (whew!) and asked
“Where did you get yours?” It turns out that they went to a different hardware store, and paid $60 more than we did. Whew. They were nice. And I’m really glad our box was still strapped to the roof!
So I set it up, and was reminded of the phrase ‘simple, but not easy’. I held the supporting ring and legs while twisting twelve bolts into place (could have used a hand!) and then stacked the elements one on top of the other. It looks great, and it came with a cover that has a drawstring… with all the crazy storms we’ve had lately, that drawstring is essential.
Only a week or so ago, I got back out in the yard. The weather was lovely and I could smell someone burning wood a few yards away. I opened the door of the Little House to air it out.
A Giant spider was hanging from one wall. I cleansed the top portion of the camper (which I’ve been told is broken) using pine sol in water. Sometimes I’m not as eco-friendly as I’d like to be, but that thing was disgusting!
So today we’re on our way to Lowe’s to attempt to acquire a fire pit. Wish us luck! I will post pictures when it’s firmly rooted in place.
So, not long ago (only several months…) I drew a second plan drawing and accompanying task list.
I’ve removed the Formica table to the trash (check!), photographed and removed the walnut table to my uncle’s house (check!), worked on painting the coffee table, moved the hoses outside the house temporarily, stacked the wood, picked up the nails and screws and put them in a container, grouped the gutter pipe and fittings, and done some clearing in the outer area to even out the turf- so that we can put in a fire pit.
What’s next? Well…. I’ll have to make a new task list! 🙂
I have done a lot of work removing invasive plants, lately. The Rose of Sharon spawns a lot of fast-growing new plants… Whew. Hundreds, at least. Be warned, should you ever decide to put one in your yard. And then there’s ivy which reaches over from ‘the pit’.
Here’s photos of clear steps, a clearer ‘future-fire-pit’ area, and the side of the house which was entirely covered with vines at one point. Also, the (cleaner) lock from the table, and my gourd plant!
We’re on our way to a cozy fire-pit and a clear and easy path to the Little House. So Mote It Be.