While the construction crew was busy with more of the siding, my focus was with the loggers that came up to do some sorely needed work. We need some cedar logs for our front gate and need to improve our view of the mountain. So here is what it looked like before:
Of course, it was a bit cloudy the next day, so the full view is not quite there, but you get the idea. You can also see how messy the construction site is right now; lots of mud. We’ll be incorporating the left over stumps into deck platforms for a yurt. We’ll also be planting some more trees and not disturbing the ground by removing stumps. They help to stabilize the hillside.
This is turning out to be a smart move too. With all the rain and wind we’ve had in the past 2 months, that hillside was about ready to lose these trees which would have fallen across the powerlines on the road. We are still slightly worried about two more trees on the hillside where the ground has basically given way. You can see this in the photo to the right. However, they are no threat to the Mountain Loop Highway which lies just beyond the trees. This is one of two problem areas on the property in terms of falling trees. I’m glad we took care of this one now though because of the mess it made. The second problem area is down pasture at another section where the road drops down to the lower back pasture. There are two dead trees still standing there that just want to come falling down.
These windstorms have shaken things up in the Pacific Northwest. Luckily for us, there aren’t any trees threatening the house. The barn could see something fall from the trees to the north on our neighbor’s property, but those that have fallen on the northside all fall away from us. If you look in the center, background of this picture, you’ll see an example of a tree that fell away from us, but it was right near some of our fencelines. (this is where the big yurt will go, thus fencing not complete here yet).
By the end of the week, I was beginning to see the last of the snow melt away. The beauty of this is all the grass just seems to be that much greener. This next shot is looking back at the house from down the pasture.
A big shout-out goes to my niece, Allie, who sent me this picture of our 4 llamas in the pasture. They look so happy! I love you Allisun and I can’t wait until you are able to come stay at the ranch and we can take them for a walk together!
Finally, in the spirit of the holidays, as alluded to in a previous blog entry, I have a special surprise to some lucky blog readers! We pondered and fretted over what to do about presents this year given that all our moola is going into this project right now and we are following the rice and beans diet. Then we decided that since we’ve been talking up how great a pair of alpaca socks really are, that we had a perfect solution for our holiday gift giving! So, until we have socks produced from the fiber of our own animals, we went directly to the ancient home of these Camelids, Peru, to import some classic alpaca socks.
Here’s how it will work… The first 10 emails I receive to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line of "Alpaca socks holiday giveaway", a note about your favorite blog entry from this year, and a shipping address in the continental US, will receive a pair of socks sent to them with our best holiday wishes! I’ll be checking my email again on Christmas Day and I’ll post the winners then. Winners will be selected based on the time and date stamp they are received into my inbox. Good luck!
From the three guys and four llamas here at Paca Pride in Progress, we wish you and yours the very best this holiday season. Thank you for following along on our journey!