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Not the Four Seasons but…

Today is June 28th and the weather of late has been crappy. We are establishing the wettest and coolest June on record for the Similkameen Valley. So wet and cool that I have removed the mulch from the early softneck garlic to assist maturation in the field. This requires extra work. Something I don’t take lightly. Most farmers are concerned about a late start to the tomato and pepper crops. The same concerns as the last two seasons. Seems to me a cool damp June is the new normal. Get used to it and the old normal will seem a blessing. Glass half full or empty.

Our world is full of activity. Up and at it early each morning. The bakery is doing well and farmersdotter is slowly developing a following of breadies. Folks who regularly stop by the market and even cycle up the drive investigating the place with the big wood fired oven. “Got any bread?” inquires the cyclist. “The folks at the organic winery sent me here.”  Because it wasn’t a bake day we were not able to offer the cyclist any bread but we did recruit her as a  field hand. And that is a good way to get a free loaf at the end of a work day.

Over the next couple of days we will be planting the summer cover crop in the fallow fields. In the meantime our conscripted carpenter friend has been good to his word.  His fix for the bedroom floor worked.

New Sub Floor Install
New Sub Floor Install

There are new sill plates with engineered joists and 3/4 T&G sub floor. It will be buttoned up tonight and we can at least get a coat of primer on all the surfaces before guests arrive. Not the Four Seasons but it ain’t camping either.

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farmersdotter Chicken Wire Floor Stencil

farmersdotter decided while we wait to complete renovations she would like to paint the entry way floor. Eventually we plan on tiling the concrete base but for now farmersdotter thought it nice to hand fashion a chicken wire stencil from mylar and try her hand at faux paint

farmersdotter Stenciled Floor
farmersdotter Stenciled Floor
farmersdotter Floor in Progress
farmersdotter Floor in Progress
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farmersdotter Latest Treasure

It has been two weeks since possession. The promise of a beautiful spring day is inspiring:

Early Morning Inspiration
Early Morning Inspiration

There is a lot more to accomplish inside before the spring weather demands our full attention outside. With most of the walls painted and floors refinished there still remains a bedroom sub floor to rip up.  Hopefully an easy method to level and flatten the floor will reveal itself:

New Paint
New Paint
Refinished Floor
Refinished Floor

On a walk about the other day ‘farmersdotter’ spied some old fir planking resting in a lean-to that once planed would make a wonderful new floor for the bedroom. That reminds me, creating a wood shop is another project. In the meantime ‘farmersdotter’ discovered a hidden fir floor lurking under a coat of paint in the bathroom. By the time we get through all that paint we probably could have bought a floor sander for the rental cost:

Hidden Fir Floor
Hidden Fir Floor

But before that we must make the trek to Vernon to pick up ‘farmersdotter’ latest treasure. A vintage 40″ 4-burner stove bought at auction. Apparently every modern kitchen must have one:

40" 4-Burner Stove
40" 4-Burner Stove
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Floor Mat

So this is the view when one looks down at the floor facing the kitchen door. The door over the threshold is so low that any interior floor mat will get swept aside by the door when it is opened into the room. Consequently this area of the floor has never been protected from the in and outgoings of a busy kitchen:

Before

After graduating from 36 to 100 grit paper the fir floor is almost ready for the polyacrylic clear coat. I would continue to grind away at the faint mark dead centre but after careful thought we have decided it should remain to lend character and charm. Although continuous grinding could be one way to relieve enough space for the floor mat:

After