It’s been a while since an update. Honestly, I’d been hoping for more news to report but again we’ve been at the weather’s mercy and progress has been dreadfully slow. We had our killing frost late last week, so that’s it for the growing season. Thankfully we did manage to harvest most if not all of the vegetables prior to freezing. Not what we’d call a banner year but we did enjoy fresh produce all summer long and have quite a few potatoes, onions, carrots and squash to put away and dip into as fall progresses. Not to mention many lessons learned to carry forward into next year.
And, of course, we’re still building. We were counting on being further along, but with torrential rains and freezing the season isn’t exactly building-friendly. Nonetheless we were out in layers of winter clothing this weekend and did manage to get some work done prior to, once again, getting rained out.
The plan is to get the two main domes up to the second floor level and close them off for the winter. One is done and we’re busting our asses to get the second done before first snowfall, hoping against hope that the prediction of snow for tomorrow is off by about two weeks. We also have to complete several rows at the front entrance in order to seal it off for the season.
I had planned to be working on the front entrance stairs today but… You guessed it- rain. On a more positive note, if we do manage to get a couple of weeks of decent weather I suspect that’s all it will take to meet our (adjusted) goal. And we have some really neat ideas that we’re moving ahead with for the second floor in the living room and what would amount to a wraparound storage shelf for the kitchen.
In the meantime, here are a few pictures of our home in progress. With any luck (and a whole bunch of work) we’ll have many more in the near future!