Friday, April 22, 2011

April showers, snow, & sun, yup got it all in one weekend

We headed to Tupper this past weekend for the first time since last November to get started for the season and we were welcomed to a true Adirondack Spring weekend with a varitable potpourri of weather conditions.
Yes, there was still snow on the ground and friends were still skiing on Whiteface Mountain.
Yes, it was only in the 30's & 40's.
Yes, it rained, it snowed, the sun shined, and then it did that all over again, and
Yes, we made the best of it and did what we set out to do & we had fun doing it, for the most part!
First things first, get that fire started. Unfortunately, the wood we stored under a tarp to keep dry for when we wanted to start a fire ended up under 3 feet of water. We had the wood pile on the bottom of this picture and you can see the moot filled more than we expected, which is good, but it made starting the fire harder!

The Marshall Family came up for a few days and the girls worked very hard collecting down trees, branches, and brush for the fire!

All the Marshall girls worked hard, but it was little Elsa's first time and she worked very hard, look how big this log is! I think we owe Elsa a thank you too because it was under her urging that the Marshalls came up this past weekend, she wanted to work on a castle and work she did!

We had to rent a very big truck to bring up some heavy, large, odd shaped metal pieces for the roof. you can't really see them in this pictures, but there are two stacks of them in the truck. Rex is getting things ready to unload.

In November, we brought home a bunch of smaller trees we cut down so Andy could
shape them to use on the kids fort. Since we had the big truck, we brought those back up. Here are Rex, Jill, and I unloading those logs for the fort.

Like her daughter, Jill is very strong and insisted on carrying 4 logs at a time. If you look behind her you can see the tree line where we cut these smaller ones down.

Here is all the logs and timber we brought and unloaded at the fort site, ready to finish it up!

My friend Patti and her kids came and helped. Here is Jack helping with the fort

Here is the fort with the logs on. The logs are actually a railing so the kids can walk on the top of the fort.

So, as I mentioned in an earlier post, we brought up the concrete chess pieces, which you can see to the right of this picture, leaning against the castle. You can also see the pile of the roof pieces we unloaded, I guess I was off doing something else and didn't get any pictures of them unloading those, but having had to move them around afterwards, I can tell you they were heavy. We have now pulled the truck in to unload the Sodus pieces, also mentioned in a previous post, Andy got really good at drivig the truck!

Here is Daddy Marshall, Todd, carrying in a cast iron screen Andy found for one of the fireplaces. he is very strong too, He is training for the Ironman already and thought the castle workout would jump start that training!

Marshall girls take a break from the snow and rain and watch a movie in my nice warm car.

This is some bricks we had leftover from our driveway at home, so Rex & Andy loaded those up on the truck and we unloaded those into the castle. they will be used in the wine cellar.

Obviously, with all the rain & snow melting, there was alot of water everywhere. This is a small stream that was trickling down the side of the property, it sounded so soothing and relaxing, all I need to bring next time is a lounge chair.

The upper pond filled so much, the big boulders that use to be the upper edge of the pond are now a rock crossing acrossed two ponds.

and that's about it. We got truck unloaded and almost got the fort done.

Monday we woke to the ground being covered by snow and very cold temperatures, so we just packed up and headed home, or so we tried. The rental truck wouldn't start and Andy had to stay behind and wait two hours for a repair truck, it is always something!

Happy April!


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