Winter’s Last Gasp?

We got 6½ inches of snow last Thursday, followed by an arctic blast, and then, finally some unseasonable warmth. Today is a typical cool and rainy March day. We are certainly ready for Spring.

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View from the air Sunday. As you can see, the siding is just about done on the addition. The insulation sub is supposed to be here this week to to finish spraying, batting, and blowing. Then next week, now that the bitter cold has broken, the rest of the wallboard will go up. Then on to chimney cleaning and sealing, and wallboard mudding. In the lower left you can see the trails that the goats have made in the snow going down to the spring run for water. Their shed is in the upper left.

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The goat shed compound. From left to right: the Airlock (has gates to/from the Dairy Paddock, the Lower Driveway, and the Southern Portico); the Southern Portico (used variously for goat feeding, penning up new moms with their kids, penning up lactating goats overnight away from their kids for morning milking, and locking up Bersheba when she has dug out until we can fill the latest hole); the Main Shed; and the Northern Portico (The driveway half is for storing square hay bales and dog food, the Paddock side is the dog feeding station.) Behind the shed you can see the top half of the Apothedairy/Barn/Garage.

Aerial View

I had another session with my flying camera yesterday afternoon. I am still working on getting comfortable with the controls, so the video composition is not great, but below is an 11-minute aerial view of our farm. By the way, the return and landing was handled by the drone’s “failsafe” auto-pilot.

Addition Foundation Forms

Well, after a series of frustrating delays, the foundation (basement wall) forms are ready for concrete. I also treated myself to a fancy new toy: A DJI Phantom Vision 2 Plus quadcoptor drone – a flying camera!

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DJI Phantom 2 Vision+

I just started flying it yesterday, here is a new perspective on our construction — bonus points if you can spot the millstone (transported, we believe, 1/4 mile from Hooks Mill to our property by the 1936 flood), and our herd of goats. (If you have the bandwidth, it looks best fullscreen in HD.)