Beware the ides of March!
Out in the forest there are a lot of things that go bump in the night. I love this about THO! Being so close to nature is brilliant. Even so, I have been very nervous about letting my dogs out after dark. In 2011 our poor little handicapped Phyllis (who died in 2012) had a very close call with a fisher even though I was just a foot away from her. If you have never heard one here is a little video. Imagine how scary is was to have that thing screaming outside your house for hours after scooping up a little dog and bringing her in to safety; bloodcurdling! The creature was mighty mad that it missed the poodle meal! Despite what the ladies in the video said, it is my experience that these fishers seem to have little fear of humans, I hear them outside very frequently. This is why I only bring out the dogs individually on a short leash after dark if they ABSOLUTELY have to go.
I purchased a powerful but costly little 12 volt spotlight last year when I was getting the wiring for the house but at the time I did not have a ladder to get up there. Now that it is warm enough and I have a ladder, I got the light into place. I wish I had the sort of camera that worked well in night conditions so that I could show you how bright the candle is for this little light, but since I don’t I will estimate that it is similar in brightness to a 200 watt bulb.
It looks terrific and is bright! In fact, the dog garden lights up like a ball field. Obviously, I don’t want to light pollute at THO and keep away the fireflies and other wild wonders, but it is great to be able to get the dogs out and feel safely able to see what is out there. This said, I won’t use it except to let the dogs out and also to help people see to get to their vehicle at night. Despite the $100 cost it is a very nice safety feature to have.