Are you sitting down? This is really big news! At times I wondered if I’d end up with ducks in the tub for the rest of my life. My sister’s duck still winters in their tub and Humphrey is 10 years old! After months (and months, and months) of planning, construction, delays, and dreaming Ballymurrin is nearly complete!
Ballymurrin is nearly complete both inside and out!
I got to place a few logs which was all I could hope for considering Mr. C’s obsession with doing it all himself.
The south wall was completed up to the roof line. We had a day of rain but the north wall got started the first day it wasn’t pouring. The north wall was finished in record time!
Mr. C made great time with the last of the walls. I went out to check, expecting he still had a lot of work ahead and saw that he was on the home stretch!
The small wall spaces between the posts and door frames proved to be a little difficult. Packing in enough mortar to hold the logs caused the door frames to want to shift. Being the calm type I was ready to scrap the whole project and eat Freckles and Penguin. Mr. C chose to finish the Farmstead and the ducks were safe again.
Ballymurrin is nearly complete so there has even been time for a little goofing around.
Mr. C couldn’t resist sending me a few pictures showing how much head room there is in the Farmstead. I challenged him to stand up that way after he put the roof in place.
One of the local birds left a “seal of approval” before Mr. C got the roof on Ballymurrin.
One of the last things to do on the Farmstead itself was to insulate the walls, doors, and roof. We were concerned the mortar of the walls might become too cold in the dead of winter. Michigan has had days when the actual temperature was –50 degrees F. That doesn’t happen often but -10 or -15 isn’t unusual.
The roof insulation was added before the roof was put in place. Mr. C held it in place with an old pot of mine since it was breezy outside!
Finally Mr. Comfortable began filling in the screw holes so he can do some touch-up painting. He can worry about things like this because Ballymurrin is nearly complete!
I think Mr. C was “concentrating really hard” on filling in the holes so he didn’t have to answer my questions!
After dinner I’m going to pick up the chicken wire leftover from building the chicken coop. Andi’s dad is storing it in his barn. We’ll lay out the play area tomorrow. Mr. Comfortable is putting together the posts we need to fence in the play area using things he had in the basement. He’s amazed me with the way he’s utilized scrap material for Ballymurrin!
The fence posts are being made from old wood we’d used for stands for card displays years ago.
Mr. C is making a real door for the gate into the play area. He’s already found nearly enough scrap material to complete it.
I’m praying the weather holds so we can finish the fencing and gate. The ducks really need to get outside to enjoy what’s left of the nice weather and acclimate to the chilly nights. Once they’re in their new home we’ll stop saying “Ballymurrin is nearly complete” and start saying “Ballymurrin Quacker Farmstead is finished!”