We finally have a deck. Yay! This deck will not only be a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet, it will be where I do all of my canning this summer. That will help keep the house much cooler on canning days!
That’s from the driveway looking along the front of the house. It turns at the end and runs along the side.
Between melting snow, rain, and deck construction I’m sure you can imagine the mud we have been dealing with the past couple of weeks. The deck has three sets of steps, and the shortest set is on the end closest the driveway. That set of steps seems to be the pups’ favorite – and the ground there was a muddy, clay filled mess.
If you look closely, you may be able to see the paw prints filled with water! It was raining when I took that picture. It was, in fact, raining when Bernie and I spent three hours outside this morning building a small landing from free pavers we got through FreeCycle. We also put gravel down to widen the driveway right up to the pavers.
As you can see, there is still plenty of mud to deal with in the yard, but I sure hope this helps to reduce the amount of mud we track into the house……
Even though it rained most of the day yesterday, Bernie spent it outside working on the goat barn. Our permits came through for “Farm Use”, so the goat barn will be 12′ X 24′ with a 8′ X 24′ lean-to. It is really coming along and although I *hope* sharing this won’t jinx it, we plan to pick the baby goats up next Saturday morning! Please keep your fingers crossed………