While doing my morning rounds, I found myself contemplating this area.
This is a lower area along one side of our driveway. As you can see in the distance, the melted snow collects along some of the fence posts.
Which would be why almost all of them are rotted out and falling pretty much being held up only by the barbed wire.
When we first started mowing in this area, I found in insanely rough along the fence line, as if it had been tilled, then left. I think someone may have had the idea of making a drainage ditch.
At the far end, there is a dug out area that veers around that fence line, then runs under the fence on the property line, and to the ditch.
Not that it can drain very far right now, considering the ditch is full of piles of snow from when our driveway was cleared.
I don’t know what it was like when it was first dug out, but it’s very rough and pretty shallow. But then, so is the ditch itself. I’m thinking someone just ran a tiller along the fence line, and that’s it.
I was thinking that this side of the driveway would be a good place to eventually plant some low growing fruit trees or berry bushes. The area gets full sun and is fairly sheltered. The water that collects when the snow melts, however, would be a problem. We might want to finish the job someone else started, and dig out a drainage ditch, before planting anything along here.
The melting snow and receding water has allowed me to get into more areas, including the back of the storage house. There is a window that the cats (and skunks) use to get in and out from that side. It had only one out of three panes of glass left, and a board with a hole in it, replacing one pane. I set up a small piece of plywood over the window so that the cats could still get in and out, but it would also reduce how much weather got in. It often gets knocked out of place, but I hadn’t been able to get to the area to put it back until this morning.
Which is when I saw the last pane of glass was missing.
Remarkably, it had fallen inwards, but didn’t break! (The shard of glass under it is probably from the missing window pane.)
For now, I’m leaving it where it is, but we’ll collect the glass later and see if we can put it back into the frame.
Also, the appears the space under the storage house has been used as a massive litter box.
For now, I just put the old piece of plywood back to shelter the openings a bit.
I think, when we finally get around to fixing up this window a bit, I might attach strips of carpet to the top of one of the openings without glass, like what my brother put over the door of the dog house he made, that is now our cat house. He put in a double layer of carpet cut into strips that’s easy enough for dogs ore cats to get through, and think enough to keep the weather out.
While going through the area behind the storage house, I found quite a few fallen branches. I dislodged the largest one that was hung up on some trees. It was really dry, so I brought it over to the fire pit area. There are other hung up on branches, or on the ground, but that’s a clean up job for after the snow is going.
Which might still be a while!