The porch was built with poor wood over sand, but the door to the basement was sort of closed in, though not fully. This left an open door way for the mice to travel inside the house and out. The holes, nooks and crannies were all patched until the mice were no longer present inside. It is hard to believe the porch constructors never completely filled in the stairwell, which is why the floor bounced when it was walked on. Things are not turn key here, but slowly since 2011, they are being made right. It might be possible to once more utilize the basement stairs to outside, or inside the porch, once it is rebuilt. That would be very convenient since the only way down currently is through the trap door. In the next few days, if the rain stops, the plan will be formulated and executed.
In the meantime, the lovely bed and breakfast house is being frequented by wonderful guests. Their stay often creates instant friendships and camaraderie with hugs on their departure. How wonderful to be able to meet folks from all walks of life and various places with a plethora of world experiences, right here at the farm! This part is immensely enjoyable and very rewarding. Tomorrow's breakfast will be vegetarian and gluten free, something that is easily created in the kitchen. Watch for photos of the improvements as they happen. In the meantime, come set a while and put up your feet, relax.