Friday, May 03, 2013

Around My Treehouse

My treehouse is surrounded by many trees and a ricefield in the front. There is need to remove some of those trees. Photos below as of yesterday.

We removed the tall calamansi tree that hardly produces fruits anymore, and the jackfruit ("langka"). Nothing blocks view from the treehouse anymore. Nong Endring Paragas, farm caretaker, standing.

Around my treehouse are trees.  The house is itself standing on a live and big mahogany tree. When facing the ricefield, this is left side.

Right side, facing the ricefield.

Facing the back.

Facing the rice field, on fallow.

See also: 
My Treehouse, May 2012, July 17, 2012 
Farm Photos, June 2012, July 24, 2012 
Trees in the Farm, Part 3, February 11, 2013

Stone Terraces, Part 5

I went back to the farm yesterday. My favorite place to work is here. It used to be a gully that becomes a creek during the rainy season. We -- with caretaker Nong Endring Paragas, and his son Danny Paragas -- slowly put stones to block all eroded soil and organic matter that are brought down to the nearby creek during heavy rains and flash flooding.

We re-arranged some stones on the upper deck, added more dried leaves, newly cut branches at the back, and after two hours, its slightly new look, front view, below.

Top view, behind the stones and organic matter deposits.

Side view.

Another gully. The stone "stairs" going to my treehouse.


Meanwhile, the other stone terraces near my treehouse, newly re-arranged as of February 10, 2013.

This area is under the big mahogany trees  near my treehouse. Hence, there is big volume of dried leaves and branches as the trees change their leaves every year, usually from January to March. Constructing these stone terraces will minimize if not control these organic material from falling into the drain where rain water and flood will simply carry them down to the creek, the river and ultimately to the sea.