When we have most of the clearing done, we’ll plant more trees. But there are tall maples you can’t see here, that will give a lot of shade this summer. This house used to be surrounded by tall pine trees on all sides. But we had several years of drought, and beetle attacks, which killed most of the trees. They started falling down a few years ago. There are still about 80 trees, but none near the house.

This is another area we worked on clearing out. There were logs that we cut a few years ago, on the ground. We stacked them up last fall, and started cleaning up the branches and underbrush this week. I think I used up 6 weeks worth of muscles in 2 days.