Our Country Cottage a Narrative
About This Show
Our Country Cottage, a Narrative, podcast is intended to be for those that want to, are in the process of, or have already realized their dream of building a retreat or retirement place in the woods. I will be sharing what I have learned from all phases of our project, from planning to enjoying and coming to terms with our cottage in the country.
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Episode #16 In The Beginning Month 17
In this episode I go into details about one of the more trying months of construction and the Our Country Cottage update lets you in on the two trips I took there this week. ITB, In The Beginning, Month 17, December Another attempt at remembering what we had to go through to get Our Country Cottage. As I mentioned last time it seems to be getting easier. Well, this month was a ruff one. This month started off as the last month finished, with cold temperatures and snow, lots of snow. So much snow that, just plowing the drive was starting to reveal the short comings of just using a blade. As you plow the drive banks form on the side. You can only push the snow back so far. As you continue these banks get bigger and the drive gets narrower and narrower. It got to the point that I could see larger vehicles, like the propane truck, would start to have problems having less and less room to negotiate. Our contractor had his own skid steer and I asked him to move the banks back for me. He and his assistant had much more experience doing this sort of thing. Well, it took his assistant about 8 hours to do it. Remember it’s a kilometre long. He kept getting stuck and the contractor had to keep going to pull him out, and they knew what they were doing! When I got the bill I realized that I could buy a tractor with a snow thrower, etc for the cost of keeping the drive clear, for a winter or two, this way. I had been looking at getting a tractor for cutting the grass anyways. The skid steer was great for ruff stuff but would tear up the ground otherwise and the only mower I had was a flail mower. You can take down 3 inch trees with it but is far from being a finish mower. I had my eye on a sub compact tractor. You might have seen the commercials. Just hop on the tractor and drive over the mower and it auto connects. It makes it look real easy to reconfigure the unit as required. I figured a snow thrower, a rear blade, a finish mower, a couple of extras and I should be good. I placed my order. More to come later in this podcast. From the last visit to Our Country Cottage last month to the first visit this month saw 20% of the 1000 gallon propane tank used. By the middle of the month I had to call for a fill up. And to make it worse, propane was seeing record high prices. A little info on propane tanks. When they fill them they only fill them to 80% capaci