Counter Measures

The fauna has taken a huge bite out of our work this year. A woodchuck ate the garden, crows ravaged the blueberry plants, deer went after young fruit trees & currants, finally a racoon simply killed all the keets and didn’t even eat them. One animal after another has gone after our work and voided much of it, this is the first year this happens to such a scale and it is making us feel besieged.

It’s interesting just how much brutal competition there is in nature. I used to think of nature as an idealized garden of Eden, but it’s closer to a ruthless competition which often ends in death. I despise man’s expansionist dominance over nature, yet living closer to nature means participating in the competition. Hawks circles over our baby, ticks & mosquitoes suck our blood, raccoons take out our flocks, deer reap the fruits of our sweat. I’m fine with letting nature get its share but nature is perfectly fine taking it all. I don’t enjoy exerting human dominance but I can’t let that go, it’s time to be more aggressive.

 

Intel gathering

 

The little fuckers parade around the chicken coop like they own the place

 

Unfortunately not at a set time at which I could throw them a little welcome party

 

A trap does stay up all night, notice to pull string in case the skunk gets in there

 

Well at least I caught something with the box the trap came in

 

Super scary scarecrow

 

The trees are now in prison until they have more mass

One more finished room

It’s so nice to have finished rooms which happen to look great.

This one room being under a gambrel roof feels like a wooden spaceship now.

One kids preparing the room….

For the other kid.

Brutal heat wave

We’ve tried the “run air through ice in cooler” method found in so many youtube videos and really, it worked like shit.

We had to escape for a few days, this is the first time since we moved to Vermont that our house is so warm it’s dangerous to stay in, especially with kids. We’ll need to figure out a way a more drastic way to cool off if this is our new reality. Usually on hot Summer days, a cold evening shower and open windows are more than enough to be comfy through the night.