More snows have come and gone. The site was covered in 4 inches one morning, but it never really sticks around past the afternoon besides some shadowy enclaves scattered around the property. Covering and un-covering the exposed wood of the roof and remaining skeleton seems to take up most of the days in the past few weeks.
A wake of two to three hundred turkey vultures fly by over head, quite low, and drift through the valleys migrating north. A nice break from the recent fly-bys of what we believe to be the local sheriffs helicopter that have become more frequent in the past months. Emanuel assures us to not become paranoid. This seems like good advice as the helicopter passes by again, back and forth, close enough to make out our lunch on the back deck.
- Dragons claw
- Nutritional Yeast
We set two cement footings for the main structural beams supporting the roof on the top residence and prepare the back deck of the bottom residence for the cement slab. Silicone and expanding foam are used to seal the wood to the rock. The boulders expand and contract, just slightly, from day to night, and the sealant accounts for this elasticity.
Moses’s four boys, from 7-12, are staying on the property for a while. They bring an incredible energy and everyone seems to be gelling cohesively for the moment. They spend the day studying wtih Marie, working a bit with Garth in the gardens, and watching 80’s flashback films in the teepee.
Solar Man Dan arrives to mend our solar set-up, as it’s been inoperable since mid-Dec after an arc in the converter shut it down. The system is back up and running in an hour and the batteries have survived a cold, inactive winter in the cave. This lifts morale, Solar Man Dan talks about equalization.
- Mark Wigley
- Constantinos Doxiadis
- Seismic Feelers
- The dilapidated dwelling
- Lee Gamble
- Dorris Norton
At what first glance looks like someone has cleaned the sunroof window installed in the top loft, turns out to be there is no window at all. Which we find down in the rocks 20 feet down in the caves. Although this proves a good test for the stability of tempered and laminated glass, we learn a costly lesson in wind dynamics. Solar Man Dan explains.