Hobbit calendar for February: Bilbo Baggins outside his front door smoking a long pipe just before Gandalf arrives to ask him to go on an adventure. I picked up a long pipe from some smokeshop online. It worked pretty well but I didn’t like the tobacco I had. I tried two different kinds but neither of them had the smell I was looking for. Not that I’m a smoker but if you’re going to build a Hobbit house you have to kind of play the part a bit. Don’t you? You’ll know Longbottom Leaf or Old Toby when you smell it and then you’ll wish you had a long pipe too. I’ll have to practice my smoke rings come the spring!
It might not have been obvious from the pictures I’ve posted so far but the property is encased on two sides by very steep hills. When it rains all of the hillside water comes racing down and runs across the property and into the stream. (One of the neighbors told me it also quite frequently ran right through the house, down the stairs and out the front door!)
So what we have when it rains is a soaking wet yard and building lot. This will not do. Hobbits as we all know enjoy their comforts and squishing through mud on the front lawn is not comfortable.
So, quite naturally, the next thing on the agenda was to build a curtain drain to divert the rain water around the yard and into the stream. I had a hauling contractor drop off about 40 tons of 3/4 crushed stone and rented a small excavator and a skid steer machine. So one Saturday the boys and I dug a trench,lined it with filter fabric,put in a 6 inch diameter perforated pvc pipe,backfilled it with stone, covered it with filter fabric and put a 2-3 inch layer of stone on top of the fabric to finish it off. We did about 250 feet of curtain drain that day and it works really well. Below are some of the pictures from that day.
Second conundrum solved! Next post: Demolition plan!
The name of the stream I was looking for in the last post was called Nimrodel. Named for an Elf princess who had once dwelt beside it. The waters of the stream are said to refesh tired travelers and are also said to contain the voice of the singing Elf princess.
Hoping to post again in the next week or two.Take care!