The newlyweds and I went up to Tennessee this weekend and stayed in the cabin. We had perfect weather - 60's and sunny, till the day we left.
Here's Stacy and Luis in the cabin:
My sister and I:
Luis and I dug out several wheelbarrows-ful of humanure compost from the left bin - it's black and crumbly and lightweight, aged for over a year:
I have almost half of it left, after fertilizing nearly 100 fruiting trees and shrubs across the property. We gave each plant from two to three shovelfuls. I'll lay the rest of the compost down across the garden beds once I've leveled them out.
I also planted some tulips Patty gave me in front of the pumphouse:
Here are two shots of the property:
After fertilizing the shrubs and trees, we took a hike up Frozen Head to the top. It's about 7 miles round-trip, with a climb of at least 1,500 feet.
We hiked up the fire tower at the end, and sat in the wind. It was a tough trip up the stairs for Mishka.
Here's a shot of the view:
The tree on the right is a giant apple tree, that once was full of apples.
Here's Stacy and Luis, snacking on trail mix:
And Mishka, so terrified of the height and the wind and the grate he's standing on, he's shaking and whimpering. He won't even eat a piece of beef jerky:
Tub Springs is a half-mile down from the tower, with good water:
After our hike we opened the french doors on the cabin and sat in the sunlight and drank wine. We had a big fire out in the cinderblock fireplace. The stars weren't as bright as the first night because clouds moved in. But the night was much warmer. Many frogs were calling.
I'm going up next weekend with the girls to prepare the beds for this year's garden. I'm going to level them out, till peat into the clay, order a truckload of topsoil, and use up the rest of the compost. It's 'cheating' to get the stuff delivered, but we've got to fasttrack having a productive garden, with enough food to feed us and store and maybe even sell.
Once the garden's ready, I move on to the cabin. The addition's first.