Monday, December 20, 2021
Friday, December 17, 2021
Thursday, December 16, 2021
When I last reported on our barn we had successfully completed the conversion of the right side to one large bay with two openings so that we could use the far right opening as a garage. See the car in there?
Our barn whisperer said he would return in the fall to take on the second phase which included replacing the rotted sill on the left side and building doors for the garage part. Checking in with him several times by email he said he'd be here. When the house painting was completed at the end of October we did get another email from the barn whisperer saying he was behind schedule but still planned to come. Then silence - no response to future emails.
Last Thursday Dan was helping put lights up on the Christmas tree erected on the town green and mentioned to the neighbor he was helping our barn project. Tony came over to see the barn, gave us a proposal and started work on Saturday afternoon. Before we okay'd the proposal Dan once more contacted the barn whisperer. His response: if Tony wants to do it, that's fine. Tony has been here every day since.
This means that Dan has been working every day since, too. Tony is our age and needs Dan to do some of the heavy lifting, etc. First thing they did was remove the clapboard and walls to reveal the sill.
You can see below it's rotted.
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Monday, December 13, 2021
Our local library offered "gingerbread" kits - just sign up. The gingerbread is really graham cracker but with the directions it works fine. I ordered three kits: for me, and two granddaughters.
The mortar is royal icing: eggwhites, lemon and confectionary sugar. Fortunately keeping it in a sealed container meant I only had to make one batch for the three of us. It hardens in the air.
I did mine first to get a hang of what was required then invited granddaughters to come over one at a time. #2 came first on Wednesday afternoon and #1 on Thursday afternoon.
Here are our creations.
Saturday, December 11, 2021
Last Thursday, the 2nd, I told Dan I'd like to take a drive to the White Mountains if the weather was going to be clear. (Last winter we attempted this but it was snowing and we had to turn back. [Post here on that attempt.]) As so often happens my idea was not original and he'd been thinking the same thing. Happens often in our house that I read his mind.
Friday's forecast was good so we set the GPS for the Kancamagus Highway which is reported to be the best route in NH to see fall foliage. Not being fall anymore around here we knew we'd have the road to ourselves. To get there from here it's northeast as the crow flies, but by auto requires going north, east, south, and even west sometimes.
We set out and passed two barns I've always admired in Enfield.