Archive for the ‘Outside’ Category

Sandbox

Monday, April 16th, 2012

I’ve had more than a few inquiries regarding our sandbox. Here is an updated image, 2 years on, with a detail sketch of how it is built.

I used cedar fence posts from a local big box home store. I cut these into lengths from 24″ to 32″. I dug a 5-6″ wide trench 8′ in diameter and slid in the posts – varying the height as I went around the circle. Before filling I tamped the posts (which have a variable width) tight, and added a layer of landscape fabric.

I cannot take credit for the design – a family member did this in their yard with firewood, and he borrowed the idea form a local school.

Note that our soil is very sandy, and drains quickly. If I lived where water would collect around the posts I would likely line the bottom of the trench with crushed stone or sand.

Sandbox

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

New house, new sandbox for the little one.

Cedar fence posts from the landscaping section of the local home store. 8′ diameter. 1400 pounds of sand and counting (we need more). Blisters on two of my fingers from pushing a mouse for too long. :)

Interesting Tree – SFO

Sunday, May 10th, 2009
Spiral trunk.

Spiral trunk...

Interesting tree found on the Land’s End trail in San Francisco. Whipped by the wind and living in the fog it reminds me of another tree that lives in a very different environment back east. Turning north we had a great view to the bridge.

View to the bridge...

View to the bridge...

An Interesting Tree

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

N 42°38.251′
W077°15.726′
1779′


I met this tree just before I moved from the Finger Lakes region of New York to Vermont.