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Picture of the Day & A Different Perspective

We have moved up to the guest house/cottage/cabin and our perspective has changed a bit.

View From the Porch

View From the Porch of the Big House

Picture of the Day from the Big House

Picture of the Day from the Big House 5/5/15

We are cozy and sleep well with all the work that we’ve been doing. I haven’t heard a train (despite the fact that it is closer to my sleeping head than ever) in a couple of days but the bird activity on the near-empty feeder has been amazing and yesterday we believe we saw a juvenile Bald Eagle fly up the lake.

Ned moved the hummingbird feeder up to the guest house and a ruby throated hummer found us yesterday. We happened to be chatting with our neighbor when the bird came for food and was within an arms reach. We all stood stunned by the little bird.

Let the Destruction Begin

Let the Destruction Begin – Ned and Tom (our contractor) supervising Ron 

Yesterday was an emotional day for me. Ron (our excavator extraordinaire) came down with the little backhoe and dug a ditch where the electric to the guest house will go. (Underground is best here in snow country.) While he was here the boys took down one cluster of cedars and a birch down by the lake and two thirds of the cedar cluster by the screen porch.

Trees Coming Down

Trees Coming Down

We didn’t want to remove the trees but to satisfy the powers that be in our permitting process and because there is a “creek” on one side of our land, we offered to set the house back five feet and move it over a couple. The trees were making it difficult to get the machinery into position and block a lot of valuable (in the winter) afternoon sun. Listening to the cracking and creaking of the trees as they came down hurt my heart. The trees have been there for nearly all of Ned’s lifetime and all of the time I’ve come here … even way back when I was here in 1976. They’re nice old trees that have sheltered the house and provided a place for kids (big and little) to swing. We’ve enjoyed their shade on hot days. I cried like a baby.

Today my perspective has changed a little.

View from the Guest Cottage Porch

View from the Guest Cottage Porch

Not only are my pictures of the day from a different perspective, but the way I’m looking at the loss of our trees has changed, too. The trees will keep us warm in the winter (not this winter, next winter) and the view from the big house is so much more open now. And, until Ned gets all the wood trimmed and cut, the birds are totally enjoying hiding among the branches on the lawn. This is such a beautiful place and we can enjoy our little perch above the lake this summer. It may test us along the way but there will be such satisfaction when we move into our new house and our new view of our beloved Messalonskee.

Picture of the Day from the Guest House

Picture of the Day from the Guest House 5/8/15

Movin’ On Up

The Guest House

The Guest House

We spent today working on getting our stuff up into the guest house which we will call home for the next several months. It sounds “fancy” to have a guest house on our property but it’s really not.

When I first came to Maine to visit Ned and his parents, his aunt and uncle were living in the guest house. Clyde and Emily spent many summers in the guest house. We can spend one there, can’t we? We have a bedroom on the left side, a living room on the right side, a bathroom (with a scary shower) in the middle and a little screened porch. We’ll put the old refrigerator in the woodshed for cold storage because we only have a tiny kitchenette with a tiny fridge and two electric burners (no exhaust hood). Cooking will be limited and baking will be nonexistent.

The electrician is coming tomorrow to set up our “temporary service” that will give us electricity in the guest house that will allow us to use our computers and space heater and coffee maker and hair dryer and microwave (etcetera). After he’s done, the cable guy will come back to put the cable in the cabin so we can have internet.

We had a visit from the tax assessor’s office today. A very nice gentleman with his sense of humor intact. Not sure what he could assess at this point, but …

We bought some pansies for our whiskey barrel today. Tomorrow I’ll get them planted. It always feels more like home when there are flowers!

Meet Elliot

A Beautiful Messalonskee Day!

A Beautiful Messalonskee Day!

It’s a beautiful spring day here on Messalonskee!

We met with (the incredible) Elliot Thayer this morning. Elliot is our surveyor and he’s been a most wonderful help with the entire permitting process, walking us through it step by step. Today we were discussing our “special” case and how the frost wall and slab for our new house will work. Because we are so close to the lake, we have to take (and want to take) all sorts of precautions. The first of which will be to build a berm all around the construction site to keep the silt and run-off from going into the lake. We’ll take delivery of 16 yards of wood bark mulch and some rock to mix with it to build the berm and then the backhoe will place it all around the site.

We were given Elliot’s name last summer and when we met him we knew he was “our guy”. While the initial fee was a bit shocking, we are so grateful to have him in our corner and I’m quite sure that we’d be nowhere close to where we are without him. And, on top of it all, he’s a really nice man.

Elliot called the roads department after he left us and he says that the posting on our road will be removed on Sunday or Monday. Then we can really start to make headway! We also have to get a permit from the DEP for the demolition. Elliot is going to work on that.

Day Lilies

Day Lilies have doubled in size since yesterday!

The birds were all over the yard this morning. gold finch, yellow rumped warbler, and several others. The feeders were active and it was a brisk 49 degrees.

This afternoon we got the better part of the yard raked and ran a bunch of errands. (I now have a bank account in Maine! Woo! Hoo!) The perennials are popping up all over the  yard. It’s such a thrill to see the plants come back year after year. I’m looking forward to adding to the perennials this summer and planting bulbs in the fall so we can see them come up next spring.

Baby steps. Every day there is progress!