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This was 2016

December 10, 2016
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The year is coming to an end and Finnish winter has put all building works on hold. It’s a good time to reflect on the achievements of the last 12 months…

The indisputable biggest change on our countryside estate was the levelling of the land for the workshop building. We moved literally mountains. This is best illustrated with a before/after comparison.

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And this was December 2015…

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The whole earthmoving and road building exercise set us back some 15.000 Euro, out of which 5.000 Euro went into blowing up rocks into movable pieces. As a result we have not only gotten a new service road (the main road to the Villa runs through the workshop building) but also a artificial rock wall (on the photo below on the left) that would even block an attack from an Russian tank…

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The next most sizeable improvement last year was the landscaping of the North side of the Villa. It turned an abandoned strip of land into a neat stone garden during the summer vacation:

File_005And then there was the project of building a bridge towards the vegetable garden which was completed during the late springbridge-to-vegetable-gardenNaturally, there were things that remained undone. For example, I had planned to place cobblestones in front of the Villa but I was too busy with other things (or actually didn’t feel like moving another few tons of rocks). Well, maybe I get around doing this two years from now… for now it’s time to enjoy the beautiful winter in the countryside.

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