Now I can show you the outside of the house because I actually got my butt in gear and remembered to take a few more photos of outside before it snowed, and then finally got around to editing and uploading them here. The outside is also pretty unique. Remember, it used to be part of an indoor riding arena, which has since been removed and a carport added. The den used to be an office for a local lawyer or real estate person (I forget which) and still has an unusable door to the back deck.
From the street. We’re at the end of a cul-de-sac.
Still getting moved in. This one shows the car we borrowed for a month while ours was in the shop.
The front windows. 6×6 feet each.
The stall on the bottom and the deck upstairs.
Darryl washed the timbers in the carport with something that strips the weathered part off, then stained them. This is the before picture.
This picture is from one of the higher spots in the pasture.
From the end, the house looks a little goofy.
The back deck.
The backside of the barn. There’s a sheltered corner in the middle and a “bunkhouse” inside the window on the right (and my dad’s black trailer showing on the far right). The landlady stores a bunch of her stuff in there.
That telephone pole in the middle is where a power line used to go to the neighbour’s house.
The grass in this pasture is literally 7 feet high. An adult can disappear in it. There’s a low spot in the pasture behind the barn that stays wet all year long. At least, we assume it does because it was wet since we got here in the middle of August and the grass was still green until it snowed.
We are hoping, that by managing our grazing well, the grass in the rest of the pasture will improve and stay green longer as well. It’s been 2 years since these fields were (over)grazed. We have a few (ok, a lot) patches of burdock and canada thistle to deal with and a healthy population of gophers. I dealt with most of the burdock in the lower pasture before we moved in (not much to do when you’re camping). Incidentally, the best way I’ve found of killing those stubborn plants is by pulling the mature burrs off in the fall but leaving the plant (I used to do noxious weed removal for the city and we always had to dig them out…doesn’t work). Any plant I’ve ever done that to never comes back. They turn black and you can pull them out of the ground the next year. And make sure you bag the burrs and send them to the landfill for a proper burial. I bagged 2 of the large, heavy duty garbage bags full of burrs so far, and that wasn’t all of them in the lower part.
Anyway, I didn’t mean for a post about the exterior of our house to turn into a handbook for weed removal, but you never know when knowledge like that will come in handy, right?