the star of the show, act II
Let’s continue the tour of the farm with the main outbuilding, the shed.
It’s got barn potential, but likely the only grass eater it will shelter is our
riding mower. One corner of it houses the energy room, where our
micro-hydro system micro-hydros. That will be a separate post soon.
The shed is temporarily hosting a muddle of metal: saws consorting with
hammers; nails, bolts, nuts and screws seeking connection; car and house
jacks refusing to be supportive; metric and U.S. sockets co-mingling like
there’s nothing wrong with that. Egg cartons lie around aimlessly, refusing
to fit neatly inside each other. A fortune in recyclables is strewn about.
Boards of uneven size await sorting. Cardboard boxes are turning back
There will be a reckoning come spring. Until then, I used a wide shot so as
The coop-pen is adjacent the shed. It’s two structures with a connecting door.
We’re certain the right side housed chickens, fairly sure the left side housed
pigs. The walls are made of huge slabs of cedar. We’re thinking about using
it to grow mushrooms, but ‘shrooms are high maintenance up front and
luxury grocery items may not be profitable. We’re more likely to use the
That’s not the original cedar shake roof. It collapsed from the weight of the
snow from the winter of ’08 – ’09. Here’s how it looked just after the collapse.
The wood sheds. We built them with downed trees for poles, boards salvaged
from the downed coop-pen roof, pallets scavenged from the building supply
store on the island, and Galvalume sheet steel bought from said store.
Whenever we build something or replace a roof, we use Galvalume. It’s
fireproof, critterproof, inexpensive and easy to transport and use. It’s the
best type of roofing for rain collection. Whoever makes Galvalume did not
pay us to say that.
The dock. Not an outbuilding per se. It seemed counterproductive
to put walls on it. But it is out and it was built. This is its second
edition. We added on. And that’s not its final placement. It’s a bit
more mobile than we’d like. Rain storms substantially swell the
pond, creating a tidal effect. We’re weighing our options.
The shack. We believe this was the smokehouse where the pigs from
the pen took the Big Sauna. I suppose you could call it Hog Heaven.
We’re developing it as either a really small hostel or a guest house for
people we don’t like. Either way it gets a door this spring. And likely it
will get a walkway to the finally-placed dock.
Corporate headquarters. The end of our outdoor tour and the
ideal place to take a bathroom break. Excuse me, washroom
break. It’s fully functional and had a monkey skull in it when
we moved in. Whether you’re staying in the shack as a hostel
guest, or staying there because you’re a guest we’re hostile
toward, you can find the amenity at night by following along
the clothesline. A delight to use in warm weather, it’s a bracing
way to start one’s morning in the winter — if coffee’s not enough.