I really expected you guys to figure it out right away, but unless you’re being coy, it seems that you haven’t.
That dream cabin I featured on last Wednesday’s post is not a fantasy at all. It sits above the sparkling lake in my little bit of forest on the edge of the Missouri Ozarks. That’s my new cabin! (Didn’t those comfy chairs look familiar to you?)
Here’s how it looks from across the sparkling lake:
I’ve been dropping clues all over the place. It started months ago when I began talking about all of the clearing we’ve been doing along the road. Nimble little Prolechariot had no trouble getting through the encroaching trees, but a big cement mixer could lose a stack or a mirror against some of the branches we took out. And when I wrote about clearing avenues through the trees to bring more breezes to the shady tarp, that wasn’t really what it was all for.
And remember that mystery photo I posted way back here? Those impressions in the dirt were the series of round rocks that are featured in the top right of this blog. I had to remove them to safety because (eventually) the cabin was going to rise exactly where they were sitting.
That post about the long black tube? Yep, that was for the cabin. (It is buried around the uphill side of the slab to collect and divert any water that might otherwise get under the slab.)
The post about the “Economy” chapter in Walden? How did that one end? “Sitting in the comfy chairs on the shady porch overlooking the sparkling lake.” (In fact, if you looked closely in that photo you could have seen a white speck that was part of the freshly poured slab, but I didn’t expect anyone to spot that.)
The picture of that huge truck I caught on one of the game cameras? A cement mixer, of course. (Who goes deer hunting in a cement mixer?)
“Wipe Your Paws” in yesterday’s post? Yep, that’s right at the front door to the cabin.
Here’s what it looks like from the west:
And here’s a view from the back:
Notice the lake just outside our front (and only) door?
There’s still plenty of work to do. I need to work on the slope behind the cabin to help it drain water away from the slab. And I need more gravel on the east side since it’s hard to walk there. You can see some of the trees that had to be knocked down to clear the space for the slab; it’s actually where the shady tarp used to be, but it’s much larger. I need to cut up those trees, and probably take out several more, to reduce the fire hazard. I want to get some monster sandstone slabs that I know of in the forest and make some steps on the east side.
And that doesn’t even begin to consider the furnishing and decorating of the cabin.
- Milkweed pods open.