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A New Toy – an Early Father’s Day Gift

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Thanks Ashleigh and Ben….. I put the “wine barrel tumbling composter” into service today. Y’all did a fine job with the project. I love working on the barrel because each cut or drilled hole gives off the scent of the barrel’s previous content….

I will load the barrel over the next few days. It is hotter than Hades here right now! Pulling up some elephant garlic leeks today in addition to installing the door on the barrel was a three t-shirt day. Absolutely soaked through. Just hand-watering today raised a “sweat”!

The barrel in position behind the garage. Need to trim the center dowel. I reinforced the glued up staves with 1.5 inch aluminum strap.

The barrel in position behind the garage. Need to trim the center dowel. I reinforced the glued up staves with 1.5 inch aluminum strap.

A look inside showing some slats that may aid in the tumbling action of the contents. Apparently they extend the life of the barrel.

A look inside showing some slats that may aid in the tumbling action of the contents. Apparently they extend the life of the barrel.

A look from the other side.

A look from the other side.

The kids made a turned piece of oak to fit the bung hole. It is a handle and a reminder of the Father's Day Date this year. Don't you just love it.

The kids made a turned piece of oak to fit the bung hole. It is a handle for rotating the barrelĀ and a reminder of the Father’s Day Date this year. Don’t you just love it.

Some of the day's harvest - Elephant Garlic.

Some of the day’s harvest – Elephant Garlic.

TTFN

Bishop

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Preview of Father’s Day Gift

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My daughter Ashleigh is an organizing fool. She rode herd on my sons, Ben and Joe in order to clean out the two car portion of the garage. Over a year ago she scored a very nice wine barrel with the intent that I would make a compost barrel out of it. I did some research and also considered making a unique smoker…..I do live in Texas and the south, so, smoking meats of many types is the norm.

As the garage clean out progressed Ashleigh and Ben figured that the ” round tuit” in needed to finish the barrel and get it out of the garage was missing. As a surprise to me they tackled the job.

The barrel intact and ready for modification.

The barrel intact and ready for modification.

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They decided that they would support it in a horizontal fashion on a large wooden dowel. They used one of my Forstner bits and hopefully, centered the holes so it will tumble smoothly. Ashleigh vacuuming up the cutting….she is such a neat freak….

Doing the clean up

Doing the clean up

The work crew is shown below with the handiwork in the background. I can’t wait to get the hinged door installed and tumbling compost in the backyard!!!!

Come on Ash....smile

Come on Ash….smile

Ah that is better!

Ah that is better!

I promise some working photos and an update soon.

TTFN
Bishop

San Miguel Mission

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I wanted to share a few photos of my visit to the mission located just north of Paso Robles, California. The area is a hotbed now for fantastic wines, nearly 300 wineries and wonderful vistas. The mission is quaint, still used for regular mass and is in restoration of sorts. To read more follow this link.
http://www.missionsanmiguel.org/

A look at a portion awaiting some restoration work.

A look at a portion awaiting some restoration work.

I just loved the look of the bell tower built form local rock.

I just loved the look of the bell tower built form local rock.

Beautiful cactus flowers!

Beautiful cactus flowers!

A look down the corridor on the east side of the Mission.

A look don the corridor on the east side of the Mission.

The fountain seen when entering from the East side of the Mission.

The fountain seen when entering from the East side of the Mission.

A look at an old tower behind the giant prickly pear cactus. South end of Mission grounds.

A look at an old tower behind the giant prickly pear cactus. South end of Mission grounds.

Unfortunately we arrived too early to enter the grounds. We were able to enter the church and see the beautiful art work inside.

A look at the altar. Out of respect I shot without a flash, used the natural early morning light coming through the windows.

A look at the altar. Out of respect I shot without a flash, used the natural early morning light coming through the windows.

Another view looking toward the front of the chapel.

Another view looking toward the front of the chapel.

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