Monday, June 10, 2013

Juiced up today

We got a meter today and tomorrow the electrician will turn us on. Just in time to have an AC unit installed, with 95 degrees daily highs. How can such an ordinary thing make me feel so relieved?

Today I made a screen shot of the site on Google Earth. This image was dated August 2012, before the road and clearing was done. The area inside the polygon is the ~ 4 acre nominal area for our temporary home and the sites for the main and guest houses that will be built over the next 3 - 5 years. The vegetable garden and chickens, out door living areas, natural pool, food forest and other garden spaces, and walking paths will all be inside this area. The rest of the property is to be left raw, undisturbed.

If a new satellite image were to be shot now it would show the clearing through the woods for the road and culvert, the mobile home and clearing under the oak trees, as well as the cuts for the utility trenches.

The trenches are hard for me, they are like cuts into the "mother" ground that cause an ache I cannot shake or rationalize away, even though we've made extra special care to avoid the trees' drip lines. The only other option is to run hundreds of feet of pipes and wires over ground, absolutely untenable. So I reconcile the big picture with the process. The construction process is very much destruction/transformation, like the principle of Shiva. Here is a gentle representation of the main iconography, especially the crescent moon. This is a week of the waxing crescent.
painted card of Shiva with icons, c. 1880

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Almost Home

A tarantula scurried across the road in front of me as I left the farm this evening. Yes, I brake for spiders! Hope she made it before the next car passed.

Slow but sure and steady progress is being made for our move to the farm. We've been moving the household a car or truck load at a time and enjoying dinner there in the evening. Even though it's 90+ degrees, the fresh breeze and joy of being in the country makes it pleasant.

Mobile in place, a roughed-in landscape. It's home!

The logistics have been taking forever. We should have electricity in 2 more days. Water hookup in another week. Septic installed in a week or two. Then, and only then, can we occupy the property. Sigh.

Here is the first stage of the electric installation.

 We knew it was going to be a big job to get our utilities to the home site, but --wow. Just wow.The power lines go in the bottom of the trenches, then sand, then the water lines. The trenches are cut with a rock saw... no dirt here!

Tu has been hand digging the extra segments as needed. That includes pulling out huge chunks of limestone.
He's also groaning more often when getting up and down!

Two meter loops for the main house and guest house

There is a hummingbird whose territory is under the two old trees. Sitting under the trees for dinner, the sound of the bird's wings is so loud-- sounds like it's an inch from your head.

Songbird varieties are amazing, and though I'm hearing calls I don't recognize, we haven't seen the singers. At least not for clear ID. We all spotted a small bird with a red body and green head on Sunday evening... hope to see it again with binoculars and ID it.

Also the Cuckoos are calling back and forth to one another, about 3 as far as I can tell. Love hearing their calls, and from what I can see they are NOT parasitic like the Common Cuckoos of Europe. Their numbers are declining as riparian growth is being destroyed by development. Well, Bliss Haven is just the place for them to thrive!