Taking it all off
Work on the roof was started yesterday. The guys are using the 18 or so hale bales that we collected (free) as sort of ladder up to the roof. With crumbled shingles on top of old wooden shakes (house built in 1917) it’s going to be a messy job to take everything off. We’ll be using many of the homemade self watering tubs to haul the stuff down off the roof since these containers are no longer being used since we tore out the concrete patio last Fall. Glad we kept them – they’ll come in handy.
Besides this being a step forward in our water catchment project, a new roof will also make it possible for us to install a small EPA approved wood burning stove. Another thing, too, once the roof is complete, we will finally fix up the mulched (de-paved) driveway – planting a sort of food forest along the fence line and installing a bit of permeable paving where the car is parked – not to mention planting the north side of the house, too, and putting back the passive cooling, “living trellis” that once shaded our (Jordanne & I) bedroom. Ah, but I am getting ahead of myself … first have to re-roof 2500 sq feet then we can think about finishing all the projects that we have on our “to do” list.