Can I drive next time?
The boys at The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast in Madison, Wisconsin have a new toy to help out with the chores around the Inn. The new UTV is great for getting the garbage cans to and from the curb. The many trips to the stable to feed the sheep and chickens, collect the eggs, find the needed tool or pick a fresh tomato will be a little bit easier now and of course, Happy can go along for the ride.
The chore list at the Inn for the warm season ahead seems to get a bit longer every day. One project always seems to spawn another. We will be constructing a new greenhouse on the end of the stable by the garden and using those great passive solar water tubes that we picked up at the Habitat Re-Store. If we have a greenhouse we can propagate pachasandra cuttings to use a ground cover when we re-design a part of the Japanese garden. Another construction project is a garden ‘shed’ just outside the cutting garden to provide a focal point for the garden and to give a home to all the garden tools that seem to scatter about the property. The design of this building is still in flux as we keep thinking of possible uses of just a little bit more storage space. It seems that we never have enough storage space. Of course, the garden surrounding the new shed will need to be expanded a bit for more flowers to use in the Inn and new raspberry beds and a grape arbor are on the planning list too. The final (at least at this moment) building project for this summer is a garden house very similar to our gazebo. We plan to locate this over by the pool and intend to use it as an outdoor sitting room. It will be a great place to relax with a glass of wine at the end of the day or maybe even a spot to sneak away with a good book and a friendly dog.
The ongoing project is the woodland restorations. The UTV will really come in handy for getting into the woods without doing too much damage to the woodland floor. The UTV is much lighter than our pick-up truck so we will not have to worry quite so much about compacting tree roots and trampeling wildflowers. The bed in the back will be great for hauling out brush and cut firewood as well as for hauling in the tools that we will need to use.