As the construction crew moves to focusing on the inside of our home, we also brought in another crew to start clearing more logging debris from the back, lower area so that we can make more pastures.
You may recall that we only developed the back upper portion of the property, up to this point. (Take a look at the aerial view of the land if you need a reminder…link up to the left) This was the first set of pastures to be put in and they border the barn paddocks. But we fully intend to develop the rest of the overgrown areas into pastures as well. That means, next stop, back lower pasture. It also means big equipment again. Boy, we chose right this time too! The contractor we hired to do the clearing really showed his stuff as he had that area (about 1.5 acres) cleared within a few days. We now have 3 good sized stump and debris piles to tend to. I’ve uploaded a YouTube video of the excavator tossing those stumps around…
In the meantime, Zev and his crew readied the top log for our front gate. We asked the clearing guy to use his excavator to hoist the log up into position on his way out. Of course, this made for another YouTube video moment. Seems like we have now achieved some sort of official status as a ranch having an entrance like this starting to come together. There is still a bit of work to be done to it, but Zev is right on top of it. I can’t wait to see it when it’s done!
Back at the house, there was the drywall and insulation crew continuing to bring some semblance of order to the framing, making it finally look like we’ve got some rooms in the house. We are really starting to get a feel for what it will be like inside.
Since the insulation is mostly in, that means the house can finally be warmer inside and hold the heat. So, armed with the propane heater again, we took to continuing the staining effort over the weekend. There is a lot of staining to do. Luckily, the log walls, including the gable front section, are now complete. However, we’ve got the ridge beams, posts, and all the trim work to be doing.
So, everybody within shouting distance, now is the time we need helpers. Come on up to the ranch and help with our staining projects. However, in keeping with this "inside and out" theme, you may also find us down in the pasture with a bonfire burning away. Come join us and toss a few branches on the flames!