For you land watchers: to give you an idea of how much work we did last week on our lot (and because the photos on the flickr set do need some explanation) – here are some before and after shots.
There was no driveway, and what once existed had been severed by the ditch put in by the regional district
A big machine came, dropped a culvert in the ditch and pulled a bunch of dirt over it to make us a regulation-size driveway with a parking pad at the top.
Before: Lot from the road
Lots of trees and bushes, obvs. This lot hasn’t been worked on in 20 years.
After: Lot from the road
This is a slightly different angle, but you can see that the trees are a lot sparser and there is more light overall.
Before: View down from our proposed tent-platform site
If you look to the left of the photo, you can kindof see a hump behind the trees, which is the large boulder that Brian and I want to build our tent platform behind.
After: View from the proposed tent-platform site
Doesn’t even look like the same place does it?
Before: Old cabin site and main part of lot
You’ve seen this one before, collapsed cabin and lots of brush
After: Old cabin site and main part of lot
Yup, that pile is the cabin and all the dead tree matter that we pushed and cut down — and it’s destined for burning this winter. We are looking for people who wish to drive to Princeton for a big burn party in November or early December.
Those are the most dramatic before and afters – but if you want to see all the photos, check out the Flickr set.
And stay tuned for tomorrow’s installment of “what the hell are we doing with this land?”: building the outhouse!