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Friday, February 24, 2017



Friday, 9:00 AM.  20 degrees F at the ferry dock, 18 on the back porch.  Wind E, strong with stronger gusts.  The humidity is 88% and it is snowing lightly.  The barometer is more or less steady, now at 30.0".  The next ten days are predicted to be very wintry, with temperatures in the twenties, cloudy skies and snow showers.  It ain't over 'till lit's over.
   Joan and I have lived in Bayfield since we retired here in the spring of 2000.  It has been a fine time, that we have enjoyed immensely.  Bayfield is a very special place, that I often refer to as a "civilized wilderness," with all the amenities of a small community, but on the shores of the planet's largest freshwater lake and surrounded by streams and forests filled with wildlife.  It is an idyllic place for the sportsman, fisherman, sailor, photographer and gardener (zone 4b) .  At one point or another we have done all of that.
   Now, however, it is time for us to move closer to children and grandchildren, and our home, built in 1999, is for sale, and we are posting it on the Almanac in case any readers are interested in owning a Bayfield residence, either full time or vacation home.
   Wednesday's post featured photos of the outside, followed by yesterday's post of the inside, and today's features the gardens and views.  Our residence at 236 South Tenth St. is over 2000 sq.' The lot is 80'x120', large enough for gardens and outdoor activities but small enough to be easy to maintain.  It has an attached two car garage, and a large covered porch and a side deck, and a front deck off a sitting room attached to the master bedroom.  The main living area is open in concept, combining kitchen, dining and living room, with wood burning fireplace.  It has a separate library with gas fireplace, antique mantel and built-in book shelves; a foyer, three bedrooms and master bath with jetted tub, and a three-quarter bath (shower) with washer and drier and wash sink all on the main level.
   A completely separate efficiency apartment, with full bath and kitchen, electric fireplace and washer and drier area occupy  the lower level.  It has a separate entrance and patio with lake and garden views and two legal parking spaces. it is currently rented by an elderly tenant who would like to stay, but it would also make an excellent mother-in-law or guest apartment, or marvelous rec room.
   All floors, upstairs and down, are either tile or wood laminate.
  The house has city water and sewer, natural gas heat, cable TV and internet,  whole house fan, and ceiling fans in every room.
   Almanac readers who are interested may contact us for more information at, and will be opted out of the realtor's contract at purchase, which renders a 6% discount.

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