A lot of progress, actually.
In these pictures, the one on top is March 8 and the one on bottom is today, March 29. They are the same corner of the house, the southwest corner.
This is a wider version of the way it looks today
Adam has spent a lot of time on his own in the ever-growing evening light notching and stacking bales to the end that almost the entire west wall is now baled.
It is extremely time-consuming and back-breaking work for him.
This is a window on the west wall (in the master bedroom) that illustrates the technique Adam will be using on all the windows to flare the bales allowing more light through.
Most of the pictures above and to the right were taken on March 15.
Last weekend, the weekend of March 21, Adam got three friends (Aaron, Dwight and Slim) plus Andy out here to place the three big south-facing windows. It was quite a project, as Aurelia's pictures will attest.
On March 22 we had the strongest winds we have experienced since we moved to Flagstaff..with gusts as high as 75 mph. Spring is always windy here, but this is extreme!
We were very worried about the new windows! Fortunately, no debris came flying into them and they are still intact.
However, the kids' trampoline was the main casualty...taking a big bend in the face as well as the uprights.
In this picture, Aiken has climbed the tree to remove one of the net braces which got stuck there when the wind picked up the whole set-up and nearly tossed it into the trailer. (Adam and Aiken managed to fix the trampoline to the extent possible before this picture was taken.)
One of the reasons for the delay in updating the blog was due to Adam's wish to finish sheathing the wall around the new windows so it looked more "presentable".
Which brings us to this weekend, March 28 & 29. We hired a new assistant this week, Jonathan, who is very helpful and knowledgable. He helped Adam finish the clean up around the outside so some decent pictures could be taken.
They had to move at least 22 rotten bales out of the way, not to mention railroad ties, the remaining metal roofing (hips and ridgecaps, mostly). There are still many more non-usable bales still to moved. We will probably replace as many as 1/4 to 1/3 of the bales we had delivered last fall due to mold.
The upside is that Aiken has a really big new archery target to aim at, a wall of bales!