A few pictures…

On Saturday we went to the ‘Alumini Day’ parade in Springfield, VT. Our department sends two engines to the parade. Last year, the boys and I rode on top. This year, the three of us drove the engine from our station to the parade, rode on top and threw candy during the parade while the deputy chief drove, then the three of us drove the engine back to the station again. I was given a ‘dress’ uniform to wear; not sure why. Anyway, here are the three of us in our various FD outfits. FWIW, the bright yellow t-shirts match the color of our apparatus.

Regular readers will recall that our driveway got washed out this spring. The rehab is coming along nicely.

Along the way, a lot of other work has been performed; the water line from the house to the office was rerouted and buried underneath the frost line; this means that I should have running water all year, not just April – December. At the same time, conduit was buried, providing a route for data cabling betweeen the house and office. The conduit is really just a hedge as I will be putting up a largish antenna on the office to provide data connectivity to the house (and, of course, to the fire department, two-thirds of a mile away. Having the FD on my network will allow me, among other things, to back up the FD data on my daily tape backup, plus provide always-on ‘net access to the FD for free). Also, the well head was uncovered, the collapsing unmortared cinderblock well enclosure was removed and replaced with a cast concrete enclosure, and the well head reburied. Many stumps were removed, as well, and much of the logging debris gathered up into one huge burn pile, forty feet tall.

The place looks great.

The digging work has been quite nice, actually. In a stunning departure from the usual outcome of work done here, the work has not exposed other expensive rework required due to the former owner’s modus operandi of having substandard, shoddy work performed at the cheapest price with the expectation of selling the place to suckers (us) when all of the systems are poised to fail. On the contrary, the digging exposed the fact that our land contains deposits of high-quality gravel; obviously the former owner had no clue. As it turns out, most of the work will be paid for by allowing the contractor to remove dirt. Dirt!

The above picture shows the yard behind the office being lowered by four feet to the level of the driveway; the four feet of dirt (dirt!) will pay for the work performed.

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