So, the surveyors were out this week, first on Tuesday and then finishing up on Friday. Joe was out both days, and Hugh Helped him on Tuesday, but another fellow helped him on Friday. I met them at the site on both days, and on Tuesday I brought Galadriel, who proceeded to race like the mad deerhound she is, leaping and galloping with joyful abandon back and forth through the woods. Joe and Hugh were both impressed. Hugh was downright excited -- he has wanted an Irish Wolfhound (first cousin to the Scottish Deerhound) for a while.
Everyone had a grand time, until I realized that Galadriel had cut herself worse than usual. She always gets some little scrape or scratch when running in the woods, and rarely are these little injuries worth worrying about. This time though the cut was a bit deeper than usual and awkwardly placed just under the hock, so we had to go to the vet to get her stitched up. No playing for her for a week or two! But she'll be fine.
Anyway, back to the survey...
I asked Joe to please see if he could find the iron survey rod, placed in 1978, that marks the SW corner of our property, and he was able to do so, after I left with Glad on Tuesday. When he showed me the place on Friday, I was quite surprised and a bit disappointed -- it was farther east than we thought. I had Joe and his helper mark the infamous west boundary line from the section marker south, and it became clear that the hill where we had thought to eventually build the temple was not on our property. Nor was the special place where I had found a natural Goddess symbol while meditating at the last Dark Moon.
So, I will need to find another location for the temple. The land east of the hill is very overgrown, and has at least one thick, large bramble patch. Clearing it enough to see what is there will be a challenge. I don't think that any of it is as high as the spot I had hoped was ours. But I'll see what is there.
Yes, I'm disappointed. But I had carefully repeated to myself and others that we did not know where that boundary was, and therefore we did not know whether the site that looked so nice for a temple would be on our property. It's a damn good thing to find out it isn't ours sooner rather than later!
We'll also need to find out more about the south boundary, the one that follows the railroad. At the SW corner of the property, it is 70' from the center of the railroad line, but at some unknown distance east from there, it jogs south and then is 50' from the railroad line. We need to know where that jog is, as it is closer to the shop area than we had originally thought. It will be important not to build on or too close to the railroad right-of-way.
I am still satisfied -- indeed, pleased -- with our land purchase, even though it does not go as far to the west in the south portion of its boundary as we had thought. This is, nonetheless, a good example of why the authorities I read urged any buyer of country land to insist that it be surveyed and all boundaries marked before purchase. Thought I'd better pass that on.