The word came early this morning that our new trailer had arrived at the Ames Mobile Home Center in Canaan, and the Ames’ crew were bound for our farm-site with equipment and machinery. Barely able to contain ourselves we drove out to meet them.
When we arrived we were greeted by the sight of heavy equipment, a welcome change after a long summer fighting for some way to make it back to this hillside.
The first order of business was to remove the old trailer frame–you know-the one we spent the last three weeks clearing rotted housing materials off? Yup–that one.
It needed to be moved before the crew could begin prepping that site for the new trailer installation. We didn’t realize til it was dragged past us that we’d missed one lonely bag of garbage sitting up on the old floor. Hmmm….
Instead of trashing the metal frame from our old trailer, we decided to have the Ames crew haul it down into the field, where Keith will build a shed on top of it to store the salvageable lumber and materials from the old farmhouse (which, as you can see in the pictures, is going to need to be dismantled and cleared away–much like we just did with the old trailer).
Here it is, nestled in amongst the trees just beyond the old farmhouse. It’s not pretty, and I have to fight with myself about it–right now it’s a terrible eye-sore, but I’m holding tight to my principles. We will not send it to be trashed, we will re-purpose it, re-use it. Waste not, want not–right?
And then came the gravel! Hooray!
Before they can lay the cement pad there needs to be a bed of gravel, which will allow for drainage under the trailer later on. And from previous experience on this hillside, I already know that having good drainage will be a good thing come spring time. Compared to the Kennebec river valley where the village of Anson is settled (with the town of Madison on the opposite side of the river), the top of Pease Hill gets more rain, more snow, and more weather in general. Incidentally, Pease Hill is one of the highest hills in the area. 😉