It did warm up as promised last week. Even at the cabin. But we have tough snow in these parts apparently. Not much of a dent was made in the drifts and piles up the mountain, despite the 40 to 50 degree temps. Bruce decided to venture up to the Moosey Springs Retreat Center for the weekend, regardless of the to-his-chin snow. He brought his small rummage sale find camera. I'm glad he did; this was pretty impressive.
The garage has less of a pitch on the roof. It really piles on there.
Digging out the privy was first priority.
He dug out enough to get a swing space for the door. Then he had to jump off the drift down into the shoveled hole. He had to use snow shoes (the good ones I got at the thrift!) just to get around outside when he wasn't on the snow machine.
Get a load of how much (or little) of that metal gate is showing.
This is at the end of the covered part of the porch. Get out the shovel!
This bay window is broken and was tarped up when we bought the cabin. With all the snow now, we can see that this is most likely what broke the glass in the first place, probably last winter. It was put in by the last owner several years ago, and extends out beyond the overhang of the roof, which caused a lot of water invasion problems having no roof protection from the snow and rain. The snow pressing in also broke a window on the porch just since our last time up, so now it has a blue tarp cover also.
Bruce told me he fixed dinner, played some solitaire, listened to the radio and read a bit, then hit the hay. At 12:30 in the a.m. he was jolted out of bed by a noise, the likes of which he had never heard before. He grabbed a flashlight, jumped into his boots, and ran out to the porch. A great big chunk of the snow had slid off the roof with a crash.
By the following afternoon, most of it had come off. There is a wood burning cook stove on the enclosed porch, and where that chimney comes out of the roof, the weight of the snow sliding off bent the stovepipe like a straw.
Oh my goodness there is a long list of fixes to tackle this spring to get this little abode back on it's feet! It is most certainly usable right now, but is also at a point where if we don't jump on the disrepair it has befallen, we will be in a peck of trouble a few years down the line. Hmmm……kind of reminds me of a house we bought awhile back 🙂 Thankfully the cabin is less than a quarter the size of our house, so fingers crossed it won't take forever and a day to get it put in good order. Fingers crossed really hard….