However, right after Holy Mass, this ad orientem view was to be seen of this blue ridge mountain rain forest.
I looked closer outside, and, sure enough, there were mist clouds hugging Holy Souls Mountain, as usual. The humidity always hangs around 99%. The forest floor is almost always soaking wet, a mat of rotting pine needles and dead trees, even while that which is alive reaches to the heavens, still full of sap, still green.
Taking a closer look… yep! It’s a rain forest all right:
I’m guessing that there are some prayers going up for me, since I all of a sudden seem to have the gumption these days to do what I haven’t done for a very long time, which is to work on the hermitage. Perhaps it’s also a fear that this winter will be very long and very cold indeed. I took a gander at the plastic high up on one “wall” and tore it down, this being the result early this morning:
Not very weather-proof, you say? You would be right on that. So, after a bit of prestidigitation with hammer and saw, this was the result:
That will tend to keep the heat from the wood-stove inside just a bit more efficiently. The first winter in the breezy loft of the barn, and the second winter under unrolled tacked-up polyurethane, and now, the third winter coming up, what with some actual wind-breaking construction, all make and will make for unique experiences of the great outdoors such that, this winter, one might even be tempted to call it indoors!
Amidst a day of sunshine, then rain, then sun, then rain, etc., this was to be seen in the evening looking to the West of the hermitage:
And this was spotted while putting the chickens away for the night. Praise the Lord for all His creatures, great and small!
I write this post with a somewhat heavy heart. It seems that the security of the property on which the hermitage is situated might be a bit tenuous. More news on that coming up on 30 August, 2012. We shall see. A Hail Mary for that intention, please: Hail Mary…