The chokecherry, maple and birch leaves are starting to turn colors. A young red fox is hanging around and looks like it’s changing into its prime winter pelt.
I have all the holes ready for the footings and all the rocks and boulders from the holes that I could lift are set up as a sort of retaining wall where the driveway turns into the building site. The tools I used are pretty basic: a rock pry bar, a spade shovel and a small pick axe that I bought at a flea market for $4.00. A post hole digger or earth auger would have been pretty ineffective for this site in my judgement; too many large rocks and too much hard clay. I ordered some flared, square footing forms that attach to the sonotube forms, and so I’m just waiting for those to arrive and the weather to cooperate before I begin pouring concrete. I must admit that the foundation has proved to be much more work than I anticipated. I thought I would hit the granite bedrock at a much shallower depth, but that was really only the case where the bedrock was exposed on the surface. Lesson learned for next time.
I also took a weekend and went fishing on the Bois Brule in northern Wisconsin with some friends. We stayed south of highway 2 to avoid the crowds and by doing that, also missed out on the lake-run trout and salmon. Caught plenty of pan-sized native brook trout though and kept one just to taste.