We bought our country house on Wednesday -- the one we looked at, on the Vana-Võromaa side of the border from Setomaa. I arrived the next day, the car loaded full of our belongings for the summer. The whole family should be here by Sunday.
The rain -- more than a month's worth fell in about three days -- has been a blessing. It's kept any bugs off and it's been cold enough to give me a good reason to heat the place. The chimney/roof did not catch on fire -- nice.
The place was overgrown to fantastic proportions -- some civilized, soft grass around the buildings but much was of the wild carrot variety.
I bought a scythe along with gardening and digging tools and have been slaying.
I slew the ground-elder and Queen Anne's lace. Then I slew dandelions, timothy, and nettles, and slew as well the odd buttercup.
Besides reclaiming land from weeds, I've also busied myself with clearing a trail from the sauna out back through the forest down to the river. It isn't our land, but logging activity has ended there, and the last half is floodplain that is in a landscape protection reserve. It's a bit too far to make a dash from the sauna, but...
Next projects: cleaning the well and planting a garden.