Monday, September 21, 2009

Fall is upon us

This visit included firing up the woodstove every evening.  Overnight temps were below zero, just a degree or so, but still!  Some of the trees are turning already, but likely by the next time we go up, the leaves will be down.

The water was a bit higher than when we left:  the beavers had added a fair amount of 'mortar' (weeds from the bottom mixed with mud) to the dam.  All we did was open up a hole in the dam, about a foot wide, the first thing on our last morning.  That'll get the level down a bit, and I'll take the dam down next visit.

Our To-Do list for this visit is all done!  I think that's the first time it's happened.  And we got some other stuff done besides.

I think my most favorite accomplishment is the bedroom door installed:
 

From Deux Hirondelles
We also got the snow removal pickets and the motion sensor light installed.  Up until now, we have had an on-at-dusk-off-at-dawn zillion-watt light shining from the top of the house.  Not so energy efficient, and it also interfered with star-gazing unless we unplugged it.  Besides which, it gave us very little light where we needed it:  unlocking the door.  Now, we have a more conservative wattage that lights up the carpark area, and the door, when we arrive and while we unload.  It is also where we most often let the dogs out at night, but on the other side of the house from where we usually do our stargazing.

From Deux Hirondelles
 We also got stuff done that wasn't on the To-Do list:


From Deux Hirondelles
I fixed my yukky concrete job on the steps and we cut a little access hole in the wall unit I had moved in June. I knew I was blocking off the thermostat and a light switch, but I lined things up so it would be easy to create access.

From Deux Hirondelles

From Deux Hirondelles

From Deux Hirondelles

And, we brought in our wood,We had set up our wood storage to be 8' wide, so we would know how much we actually had.  Well, as you can see, we're up to the ceiling, so this is 4 full cords of stovewood length, plus we've already burned some and the woodcart is fully loaded.  More than half of last year's wood was punky birch.  This year, we have a lot less punky wood, so it will last longer.  We have also reserved two cords of maple from the same source as last year, so we should be fine 'til the burning season ends.
We've decided to do our 'winterize' routine on our next trip up.

And for you animal lovers, the obligatory cute dog photo:

From The Dogs
DS loves to put the ballcaps on the dogs, but started too late with Duster and he doesn't like it on. So, she's starting early with Zach.

Needless to say, these busy days left us all tuckered out:

From The Dogs

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