Bulkhead

We knew when we bought our fixer-upper historic log cabin ten years ago that we would need a new bulkhead sooner than we’d like.  Next to having to rip the entire roof off of the house, this was the biggest home improvement project we have completed.  The old cement bulkhead was beginning to fall off into the lake, and much of our lakefront property had eroded.  Although it was a huge job, I am happy the original bulkhead hung in there for almost a decade!

The picture below shows the old cement bulkhead:

The old cement bulkhead had to be broken up and hauled out to the dumpster in our driveway:

The new posts were driven into the lakebed:

You can see how much of the land eroded that we gained back with the new bulkhead:

Huge truckloads of dirt were delivered and dumped in the driveway:

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The construction company had to take down our fence and use trucks and bobcats to transport materials in and out of the lakefront area, which meant leash-walking all the dogs while the project was underway.

“Dead-men” posts were set back into the property threaded with rebar anchor rods to hold the bulkhead in place:

Dirt was then hauled to the lakeside and back-filled to the new bulkhead:

It was a stressful (and messy!) time, but I am relieved that the new bulkhead is completed!

New wooden bulkhead:

Before/After:

 

 

 

Agatha: GSP Rescue of NJ Foster

Agatha is a three year-old German Shorthaired Pointer who was found as a stray in Northern New Jersey.  GSP Rescue of NJ stepped in to help this sweet girl.  Agatha was on stray-hold for a week, and then was spayed by the rescue’s vet in North Jersey.

 

On November 16th, we drove north about an hour to a turnpike rest-stop to meet a fellow rescue volunteer who offered to transport Agatha so we didn’t have to drive as far to pick her up.

Agatha had a stuffed monkey to help her heal from her surgery.

Once we met her in person, we quickly agreed that Agatha looked more like an English Pointer than a German Shorthaired Pointer.

 

Another fellow GSP Rescue volunteer who had seen our pictures of Agatha on our Facebook, fell in love, and decided to adopt her!

One of my students fell in love with Agatha and drew her picture as a gift to her forever family.

Just a few days later, on the night before Thanksgiving, the rescue volunteer and her husband came to meet Agatha, and took her home!

Happy Thanksgiving, Agatha and Family!

 

 

Sinbad the Coast Guard Dog

With respect, honor, and gratitude on this Veterans Day:
Thank you to all who have served our country and for the sacrifices you have made to protect our freedom.
For those of you just joining our adventures, our German Shorthaired Pointer, Lager, is a retired Explosives Detection Canine.  Lager served 18 months in Iraq at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
For Veterans Day 2018, we took Lager to visit the grave of Sinbad the Coast Guard Dog.

🐕Sinbad (c. 1937 – 30 December 1951) was a mixed-breed Dog who served 11 years aboard the USCGC Campbell (WPG-32), including combat in World War II. He was one of only two animals to be classified as non-commissioned officers by an arm of the United States military, rather than property, prior to the enactment of regulations to prohibit such decisions.
🐕Sinbad ended his time at sea earning 6 medals, and a rank of K9C Chief Dog (equivalent to Chief Petty Officer). After his death, he was buried at the base of the flagpole at the old Barnegat Light Station in Barnegat Light, New Jersey.

The old Barnegat Light Station in Barnegat Light, New Jersey

Lager at Sinbad’s grave-site

🐕Sinbad’s medals:
🏅American Defense Service Medal
🏅American Campaign Medal
🏅European-African-MiddleEastern
    Campaign Medal
🏅Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
🏅World War II Victory Medal
🏅Navy Occupation Service Medal

Kelly Green Brewing Company:Pittman, NJ

Another enjoyable New Jersey Brewery!

Kelly Green Brewing Company, located in Pittman, NJ, is open Wednesdays from 5 – 10PM, Thursdays from 5 – 10 PM, Fridays from 3- 10 PM, Saturdays from 12 – 10 PM, and Sundays from 12:30 am – 6 PM.

You can take a tour any time during brewery hours, and if you don’t plan to hang out in their tasting room, you can bring your growler in to be filled with your favorite Kelly Green Brewing Co. beer.

Right now their beer cannot be bought in stores – it is brewed and sold exclusively at the brewery.

We enjoyed the beer, the atmosphere, and the fellow beer drinkers here!