There’s no doubt that the Mansfield House foundation is in need of some serious repair and re-pointing (not to mention rodent and air sealing) in certain areas, especially within the vicinity of the front steps and entry:
But it wasn’t until the other day that the afternoon sun finally revealed to me this rather deep opening in one of the damaged areas (funny how it takes time, or the right moment, to actually see certain things, even though you’re staring right at them, day after day):
Does it penetrate all the way to the crawlspace? I’ve not yet ventured to find out, nor even sent a long probe in…because I recalled how just a few early mornings ago, I noticed a skunk waddling away from this specific location, and got to thinking about the possible repercussions.
Is there a skunk palace in my crawlspace? It’s going to take a highly trained, elite Special Ops team to find out. The thought of a skunk making its abode right under my feet makes squirrels suddenly seem not quite all that bad!