As I walked today, I was reminded of Aesop’s fable of the North Wind and the Sun. It was in the low 50s, so I was wearing long pants with a lightweight French terry jacket over my T-shirt. Whenever I got in a patch of strong sun, I was glad I hadn’t opted for sweats, and almost tempted to take off the jacket, but then I’d walk into the shade, and the light wind would make me glad to keep the jacket on.
351 N. Summit Street
My prediction about the insulation was incorrect. Yesterday the foam crew was there again, and it’s clear they’re spraying the inside of the house as well. The fiberglass batts have been used in the ceiling. I ran into another construction voyeur (he and his wife are building a home in a new subdivision), and we discussed the house, which he noted incorporated “many nice touches.”
111 Magnolia Avenue
I’m afraid I’m going to have to close the books on this one. Although there’s still a portolet on the property (as can be seen in the photo below of the completed driveway and walk), as well as piles of brick scattered around and a retaining wall that appears unfinished, there are increasing signs of habitation (if not actual residence), so I’m no longer comfortable leaving the street to snoop around.
Although it’s not in the Bluff Neighborhood, I’ve been keeping an eye on 160 Fels Avenue, where you may recall that a small cottage was demolished. Yesterday the foundation was being poured, and the operation had attracted a small crowd of spectators, getting in on the ground floor, as it were. Some of these may have been interested neighbors, but I believe they also included the future residents. I deduced this from the fact that the group included two adults and three children, one of whom, clearly not enthralled, was sitting apart thumbing a mobile device.
The lower part of the slab may be a large porch but is more likely a double carport, while the detached slab may be for a workshop (the previous residence included a detached workshop with a separate driveway). The dappled sunlight made it difficult to get good photos.