Look! Putting Up a Big Purple Martin House

Look! Putting Up a Big Purple Martin House

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Maxwell Ryan
Aug 17, 2009

One of my summer aspirations was to put up a birdhouse with Ursula. It was my latest dad and daughter project. We talked about it for weeks, did some research and then picked up a beautiful purple martin house three weeks ago. Last weekend Ursula and I went to the lumber yard, bought a big post, painted it and then got ready to put it up on Sunday.

At this point, the thing was so huge that I needed to ask my neighbors for help and Ursula got to sit back and watch. Following are the pics that tell the story. The birdhouse is from Lazy Hill Farm and Ursula put presents in the rooms and filled some of them with lavender to make it nicer for the birds.

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This is all the pieces of the birdhouse.

When we put it together, Ursula put lavender in some of the rooms.

Waiting to go up on Sunday, with the 4' hole already dug.

Four of us scrambling to keep it from falling after standing it up.

Using a lasso to try to steady the top of the house. It weighed over 150 pounds!

Lowering it into the hole.

Our neighbor, Jim, happy that we got it into the hole without losing anyone.

Ursula climbs up to take a peek.

All done!

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