Saturday, November 21
Sat. Nov. 21st... The Cupola Is Up and In Place... And Looking Quite Good.
Today was a really nice day for doing work outside. It was sunny for awhile, then cloudy for awhile, but there was just enough chill in the air for any kind of work to be pleasant...no sweating. I climbed up unto the roof of the gift shop and placed the cupola, installed lagging blocks and screwed the base into position. I then installed the roof on top and climbed back down to admire our work...both mine as far as mounting it and Vicki's as far as painting it the exact color as the roof.
After finishing that we took off and went to the neighbor's house around the bend, to see if he owned the round bales of hay in the field behind our house. We thought we would like to purchase one of those bales and place it into the pasture for the alpacas this winter. It didn't take the three of them long to strip every blade of grass tight to the ground across the entire pasture once the grass quit growing, so the pasture looks like bare dirt. Buying a round bale and placing it in there will allow them to browse off of it all winter probably, because we will still give them hay from the loft any time the wall feeder is empty in the stall. Ken is going to check with his cousin who owns them and see if he will sell us one and place it into the pasture for us. We're hoping he can spare us one.
Next, we went to Boehms Orchard and got a bushel of apples... half Ida reds and half Empire's. That will do us for the rest of the season, because they close on the twenty-fifth of November until next season.
Upon leaving, we ran to Coxsackie and visited Isabelle and Ralph, our friends we bought the alpacas from. Isabelle is leaving tomorrow for Boston for her heart procedure and hopes to be back the day before, or the day of Thanksgiving. Thank God she has good doctors in Boston and good help at the farm, because they have a house sitter and person to take care of the grounds and animals. We will worry about her until she returns and then go to visit her as soon as she is ready for company.
To finish off the day, we just returned from dinner with Stanley and his friend Joyce, which we always enjoy going out with. Now...we will relax until bedtime......