That ledge is the exposed bone of Sugar Mountain. When we built our cottage back in 2005 we dug down into the ledge to create an alcove. There were a few inches of top soil, then loose ledge, then rock hard enough the big track hoe jaws could not bite off pieces any more. It wore out a set of teeth doing what it did.
When the bones of the mountain were first exposed they were nearly white. Now with sunlight and oxygen they’ve colored up and lichens are growing on the more vertical surfaces.
To the left is the dog house area which currently has a piglet in it who needed a little extra attention. The fence is there for the occasional puppies and piglets. The dogs have been caring for it. They are very protective of their small charges. They understand clearly that live piglets are to be protected, dead found piglets are to be brought to me and then are to be eaten – when permission is given.
Dudley II falls in the live category so the dogs are strongly protective of him as well as taking care of his wound by licking it. I suspect he got stepped on. Twice daily hot baths in addition to the dogs’s attentions have made a big difference for him – his foot looks almost normal now.[1, 2]
To the right you can see one of the granite slabs that make up the sidewalk outside the cottage. We get waste granite from the local quarries. Large amounts of it have gone into fence posts, sidewalks, the driveway, butcher shop and our cottage over the years.
The foundation of the cottage is keyed to the mountain’s ledge. Never a sliding down the mountain will we go. Our butcher shop’s foundation is also keyed in to the ledge further down the mountain. In both cases I designed and built the keying and foundations to be earthquake resistant, sitting on pads that can take the shaking. I hesitate to say earthquake proof having lived through the 1964 Anchorage Alaska where I saw crazy tilted streets. But, both will do their bests to resist the forces of Rūaumoko and Poseidon.
Outdoors: 62°F/38°F 1/2″ Rain
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/62°F
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