We've gotten to know the young family who runs the local market, and boy are they a capable pair. She (SI) is an organic gardener who does a fabulous job running the market (she's also the mother of a young child) and he (CI) is a licensed electrician who knows everything about everything in this world, not unlike a lot of people in this town. He's well versed in agriculture and building and cars.
Best of all, he is in possession of some serious heavy equipment. They are building their own house and are in the process of clearing the land. Not only are they doing that, but they built their own portable saw mill and are cutting their own boards.
I asked him if he was interested in the logs behind our barn, and he said sure. I want to cut the maple tree for boards that we may use for kitchen counters (how Martha Stewart is that?), but the others need to go.
If that isn't enough, CI mentioned the possibility of digging the septic system ourselves. He said you can buy the tank and with an excavator and backhoe, you can do it yourself for a fraction of what professionals charge. Of course, only if you have the heavy equipment lying around the house. They are building their own septic system, which apparently is allowable in Vermont.
He said he's dig ours if we wanted to. An interesting proposition if there ever was one. It would be a lot cheaper, though I'm not sure where to go with this one. Our septic design is fairly simple, so it wouldn't cost as much in the first place, but working with a friend would be simpler.
We shall see.
Until then, thanks for reading, and thanks to Michal Zacharzewski for the pic.