The last hour up highway 27 is beautiful, the sycamore leaves have begun to turn and litter the road. It's cool and windy out.
When I first get up there I'm blown away by the cabin and how spacious it is. I've brought with me a couple of futon mattresses and an old couch my parents gave me - I first move these in and create a little cosy apartment on the bottom floor:
I open all the doors to let the wind blow through:
I go for a walk and take some photos.
Here are a couple of peppers out in the garden, in the middle of mint:
Saturday I unpack, take photos, and cut the tops off the posts on the barn that stick up beyond the joists. For this I use a reciprocating saw with a demolition blade [cuts both wood and metal] because I encounter a lot of nails. I finish the cut with my hand-held electric planer to get the post down and flush with the joists. I also mow the grass till I run out of gas.
Here's the view from the top of the barn:
The next step is the gambrel roof.
On Friday I go around and weed the young trees, and go visit my neighbors. I leave about 3:00 for Atlanta. I've got to get back to Tennessee soon to start building the roof, and plant another round of fruiting trees and shrubs. I think this time I'll try medlar and kiwi. It will be some time in November.
The week up there, besides the brutal work schedule, has been fantastic. We have moonlight every night so bright I could keep working if I weren't so exhausted. Even the waning half-moon is incredibly bright. The frogs are gone (though I do encounter 1 big toad), but there are still crickets, and one night I hear coyotes. There's a bat in the cabin the first night, which is cool. The ticks are gone, as well as most other nuissance insects (though I do get 2 giant hornets in the cabin one night which I have to kill). Mishka runs off 2 stray dogs one evening [he spends most of his time on the couch] .
The property is really taking shape, I'm starting to see how we could live up here (the girls want 4 wheelers - I'm trying to talk them into horses), the only issue which really remains once the major building's done and the little comforts are installed is income . . . once we figure that out we're set.