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02 Nov, 2015

The annual Raking of the Forest

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Home/reno

It happened this weekend, and I am very sore today.


The annual Raking of The Forest

The annual Raking of The Forest

The annual Raking of The Forest

The annual Raking of The Forest

Over the years we’ve developed a system. It’s basically this: rake leaves onto huge tarp, drag tarp to giant leaf compost, dump leaves, repeat 100x.

Thankfully it goes quicker now that the girls are older, but I still wish an elf with a giant ride on vacuum/mower would magically appear when the times comes!

4 Responses to "The annual Raking of the Forest"

1 | Claudette

November 2nd, 2015 at 1:54 pm


Piper must have had a blast!

2 | Nora

November 10th, 2015 at 8:53 pm


I know it’s none of my business, but why do you do this?

3 | andrea tomkins

November 11th, 2015 at 9:49 am


It’s my mom’s place.
If we didn’t clear some of the leaves out they’d just pile up and get soggy… become a breeding ground for mosquitoes etc. :)

4 | andrea tomkins

November 11th, 2015 at 9:50 am


Claudette: Piper didn’t come this time! She’s a handful, especially when the weather is bad and it’s mucky outside. :)

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