Well, the contractor tells me that we shall have some roofing crew up there this week focusing on sheeting and closing in the house. So, we shall see how this pans out. They are moving at a snail’s pace at times, though these last couple of weeks has been fairly steady.
I’ve been up at the land for a bit of a stretch these past 2 weeks. It’s funny, I’m starting to feel much more comfortable there than in the city apartment. That’s a good thing. However, the seasons are a changing! It is starting to get a might chilly at night now dipping down into the low 40’s or even the high 30’s. The temperature fluctuation is something else. During the day right now it can still reach upwards in the high 60’s. That’s talking about a 30 degree differential! I’m dressing in layers now for sure and starting to heat the yurt at night now. It’s difficult to leave that warm, sheepskin covered, bed in the morning as you peak out from under the covers and can see your breath. Then is a debate as to whether to turn on the propane heater or get dressed really quickly.
Heating will certainly start to become a bit more prevalent as the supposed “due date” begins to move, once again, into December. It is currently floating around the 18th. This, of course, after being promised several times that Thanksgiving would be the target. Yeah, right. Does everyone have this same experience with contractors?
Well, to their credit, the work is quality work and here are some more pictures to share. You can actually begin to see the generally shape of the house! That’s right, architecture! Just look at that lovely roof line! Ahhh, I can’t wait to be sleeping in my new bedroom, with heat.
The llama boys don’t seem to mind at all; what with all that fiber they have on them! They are warm fur balls out there and are just not fazed by the rain or chill. They are some happy boys. Slowly we are establishing some basic routines, but we are at the point where they are comfortable with me being around them and will even walk right by me or come see what I’m doing if I’m in the pasture. They keep very llama-like behavior. They are all very respectful of a person’s space. The next step is top start bringing in some alpacas. We’ll see how the herd dynamics adjust to having other animals here with them.
I tried a quick test of this with Uber, our neighbor’s llama last week. I brought the “whole-male” boy down to see our “snip-snip” geldings. Oh boy, he wanted over the fence and in with them quickly. Unfortunately, I can’t let that happen. For one thing, I’m sure he needs his fighting teeth trimmed or cut again. For another, I know he would just need a pasture of his own, he’s been living as a sole llama for at least the past 5 years. So, unless he gets gelded, he stays at a distance.
I’ve included some pictures of the boys from the past two weeks as well. They frolic, roll, sleep in the sun, and do everything llamas do. I’ll continue to work with them and do some basic conditioning, but until the barn has really settled down, and the construction materials are completely removed, we’ll keep it on the light side.