A birthday present from Allison & Peter- so when I say “To the bat cave!” the ol’ non-sequitur can have the added bonus of a possible mistranslation sending one out behind the shop. I gave it a primer coat, then painted it black to help keep them warm in the winter. I hung it up high on the quiet side of the yard/shop, where it will have good southern exposure in the winter and partial shade in the summer. It takes one to three years for bats to move in, and it can hold a colony of about 100 bats.
My neighbor’s new renters are handy and built a big new storage shed after tearing down the old claptrap. All these great concrete pillars were under the old shed, and they were happy to see me unload 50 of them to berm up parts of the expanded yard. First I made a step down from the established yard, then created a long berm toward the mouth of the drainage ditch and shoveled fill dirt from that overfilled area up to other low spots.