Hj and I took a drive down to Tiny House Ontario last weekend. We wanted to try and do a couple of things and to check the place over. When we arrived Guillaume was there with his friend J. Great to see them after so very long – and he had a wonderful gift waiting for me too. He chose to go with the cube stove out of Montreal and when he ordered the stove he thought of me and bought and extra set of tools. This is not just a very thoughtful gift, but useful too! It really is time to get that stove in – I can’t wait to try these babies!!!
We hoped to get the rain water catchment system all hooked up but unfortunately it was a heck of a lot snowier and colder there then we hoped. Kingston is only 1° north of Hamilton (about 110 km); even so, they are four growing zones colder than we are here in the banana belt. In Hamilton the crocus flowers are up and the forsythia is burgeoning; in Kingston area there is a foot of snow still.
The icicles hanging from the eves trough made me realize that I had made the trip to connect the water, a little bit too soon. Still we placed the gardening barrel and hope for the best. One of the other reasons that we had come was to put the solar panels back up. Guillaume dug the snow out around them so that they would thaw, and we wanted to assess the damage and get them reconnected if possible. It was a lucky day when I met Guillaume, who is both an awesome, and reliable friend. Thanks Guillaume! Fortunately the battery is still working and giving power to the house. The wires did not snap. The system went right back up with no trouble at all. The unfortunate thing is that one of the panels got badly smashed at the back. The totally weird thing about the panels tipping is that there were rocks on the base and these are missing. I am not sure why anyone would steal a bunch of rocks but we put a couple good sized ones that were uncovered back on the base and hopefully this will hold it in place until I can dig a bunch more up after thaw.
I am not sure if the broken panel is working at all, time will tell if I need to replace my panels this year or not. The other good news is that the house looks good! Another winter with no damage and I think we don’t have any mice in the house this year… just in the in-house so I still need to fix this in 2015. Always a job waiting, right?
The sofa is still comfy if I could get there!
And HJ is so glad that I am almost totally recovered.
Now we will head out off for a walk. I am doing roughly five miles of walking a day now. It won’t be long until I can lift stone – I am sure! Happy Easter to those who celebrate it. Today I am celebrating good health! xo L