Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Country life, a couple days later
So far there doesn’t seem to be too much of a mosquito problem, even down on the floodplain. As it is, we’re perched far enough away and above the river (in Estonian terms this means 15 feet higher) as to be in a different ecosystem. I suppose it could all change if the wind changes or the weather gets really warm.
The birch and spruce on all sides of the old farm are attractive enough. Land seems fertile, clayey, largely free of rocks. Seems like there’s some old potato and strawberry fields that have been taken over by weeds. Double-digging a 100 sq ft garden was fairly easy -- just started in what was a random thicket of ground-elder.
I've now checked out the environs on foot, too. For what it’s worth, the opposite bank of the river is clad in a really beautiful pine-heath forest with no settlement. It could be a coastal area. Not wilderness, of course, but quite empty. I also jogged near the lake that was mentioned as a selling point but which we discounted as a factor. Nice properties but I didn't feel that Estonian sense of covetousness – lake shores are marshy, practically unapproachable except for the odd boardwalk, and the trails down are longer and even steeper than our path to the river.
We still don’t have power. Like the day we lost power in Morocco, it has not been unwelcome, but now I’m getting impatient. It should be a matter of days. We have a power line that runs across the property, there’s a spur leading to the house. They just need to install a new meter ,then a separate trip is required to physically connect the juice.
One unpleasant discovery. This pile of crumbling asbestos-cement corrugated roofing tile. People never cease to amaze me. On one hand , it’s great that the odl roof was removed and a new resin-based variety installed. But why neatly stack the old stuff in the barn? At least outside, the elements would keep it wetted down.
Posted by Kristopher at 11:42 AM