Geez, I miss one day's posting, and I already have complaints?! (Okay, so maybe my parents don't count on this one.)
So, yesterday, what happened? Heck, these days are so long I can hardly remember this morning! (Case in point, I just got home at 10:30 p.m. and am now eating my PB&J sandwich from lunch as I write.) Yesterday was a big, full day. The trapper cabin was moved to its new location on Guinea Hill!
Tom had made skids for the trapper cabin out of four straight birch trees, so the crew picked up each end with the backhoe, shoved the skids underneath, secured them, and away we went! It astounds me what DELICATE moves they can make with that HUGE machinery. We are so fortunate to have amazingly skilled guys working for us. As a our builder said, "Oh, yeah - they could pick up a sleeping baby with that backhoe!" That "little" operation took basically all morning from bringing in fill, packing, and leveling the site to finessing the cabin in to its new spot juuuust so . . . exactly how we wanted it. The porch now looks down into a natural little clearing, and it looks like it was built to be there. Tom will improve the clearing, build birdhouses and put out salt licks in the winter, and it will be the ideal spot for bird, deer, moose, and general critter watching. Oh, and he's also building a deck out the front . . . 'cause there's just never enough to do, ya know!
Much of yesterday afternoon was spent tending the three fires plus the last BIG one we lit. Four big brush piles is a lot of fire! All of them required more heavy machinery work than we expected - scraping down to the ground around them to create a safe firebreak.
After that dirty, sooty, and hot work was done the last parts of the day were spent finishing the garage pad and readying the house pad.
Tom spent the night at the trapper cabin to tend the fires and be on hand with the cellphone close by should anything get out of hand. Happily, all was quiet all night - as expected.
Stay tuned for today's news. Gotta go to bed now!