Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Home at last!

Dishes really air dry. Blue outhouse next to the corner of the house ;-)
We moved in on the 30th of June. It's "cozy!" We stubbed our toes and knocked our hips dozens of times getting around the furniture in the small quarters. But it's home, with all of our favorite possessions and family mementos we've gathered over the decades. Even the cat seems nonplussed by the relocation.At night we have dark sky and I look at the silhouette of the Granny Tree outside my bedroom window as I fall asleep. It's very quiet, a soothing place.

Waste Not, Want Not

The septic tank is in progress. We're using a portable potty for business, and showers and dish washing are done under the trees. Not a drop of water is wasted. We have buckets of all sizes for different purposes inside, which are emptied outside in the proper places (compost pile for food rinse water, plants, etc). 

Four dump trucks worth of stone
I wondered what was under the thin layer of topsoil. The answer is: limestone bedrock. It took a rock hammer 3 days to chisel the septic tank pit out of the ground. Imagine a jack hammer on the end of a back hoe, on steroids.Very noisy. So correction: except for the construction equipment it's very quiet.

We elected to save $ and keep the material here, rather than pay them to haul it away somewhere. Lord it's more than I imagined! We have added the material to our growing rock pile tucked away behind some trees. It will all eventually be incorporated into the building and landscaping process, a designer's treasure!

For now it's a protective berm where the guys are doing target practice with fancy rifles.

According to the maps, we are on a segment of limestone called the Fredericksburg Group, specifically the Kfr type, from the Lower Cretaceous. It is a layer above the Glen Rose limestone layer. But I cannot find any descriptions of the composition of Fredericksburg Kfr.

The Trinity Aquifer is the probable source of our community water well just up the road. We are using it as supplied by the well operator, without conditioning or softening. It is very "hard" and leaves white water spots on everything. It also smells like rotten eggs! Harmless, but pew-ee!

There are some interesting pieces in the pile, one with creamy crystals for instance, and another with "pockets" of rusty looking dry and crumbly stuff. It's been undisturbed for millennium. Once the rain hits the newly excavated material, some of the soft portions will wash away, like chalk. This is a significant pollutant to the aquifer: bedrock substrates washing out when quarried.The pieces we've uncovered on the surface are non-soluble and have been there unmoved forever, except for being heaved up by the tree roots.
the shower "bench" with it's undisturbed natural slab patio, left in situ. we uncovered it with a broom!

 New Milestone Markers!

Fall gardens and fencing!!

Guest House windows design location and size with CSS
Jul 8 2013
Screened front porch design and build?Jul 8 2013
Front gate and fencing design and build?Jun 1 2013
Tool shedJun 16 2013