For mapgeeks like me, satellite images provide hours of great fun
It's true that I can entertain myself for hours poring over maps and satellite photos...especially if the maps and photos in question have something to do with finding trails, or figuring out where the heck we can put stuff on the new place.
(as always, click the photos to enlarge them)
So this evening Jim and I were able to settle down with our friendly neighborhood mapping software (SCOPI is a fabulous resource for land images in Snohomish County!) and my photo-editing software, and make some plans!
The first priority was to find the perfect place for the barn. After walking the property several times, we've got the spot picked out (shown on photo): at the northeast corner of the pasture, with the south-facing roof able to house solar panels.
The stalls will face south, and the hayroom will face east towards the driveway, so that we won't have to do any fancy manuvers to unload hay or to park the truck and trailer. We will have to build in some rolling grade dips in the new section of driveway to avoid having all the rain running down into our neatly-stacked hay!
We'll put up field fencing for the perimeter, in the big square, and cross-fence with smaller (and cheaper) fiberglass fenceposts and electric fencing tape to make smaller or larger pastures.
Then we have to decide which structures need to be torn down and/or moved.
I love the fire pit, but it's in the wrong place. Move it up to the bottom of the (new) garden and it's much better. Of course, that's probably a day or two of digging and brick moving, but what the heck. So far the only thing I'm moving around in real space is the keys on the computer keyboard, so the heavy labor isn't too difficult. Yet.
The greenhouse is in the SHADE, (the trees you can see in the photos are at the south and west) which is fairly pointless for actually, you know, growing green stuff. We'll either move the building to a better location, tear it down, or turn it into an always-useful bicycle garage
Then there's the old outhouse. It's very quaint; with a caved-in roof and falling-in walls, though, it's not exactly a salvagable structure. But there must be something I can do with that adorable outhouse door with the crescent moon....ideas?