October, 2005

(apologies to The Chantays)

Things continue to move forward at a rapid pace. Indoors, subcontractors are working through the house from east to west in a manner akin to the method computer people know as pipelining (actually, the term is borrowed from the oil industry practice of pumping multiple products through a single pipe). In the adaptation of this method, the wall board hangers started at the east end and worked west, followed by the tapers, the texturers, the painters, the finish carpenters and the tile setters. The net result is that the east end of the house is beginning to look finished while the west end (and downstairs) is still pretty rough. The rooms are so full of scaffolding, table saws and other equipment that pictures are difficult to take and of little value anyhow. Perhaps we will try to post a movie of some of the interior next month.

We recently learned that the larger timbers used to construct the Main House were 340 years old. Out of curiosity, we looked into some of the happenings in the world when the timbers were seedlings.

The panorama below is meant to show how the Entry slab looks and how the masonry is coming along. However, with the sun staying more to the south now, there is no time of day to get good lighting on the north aspect of the house without the sun glaring into the lens. This picture was taken in the early morning, and avoids the glare from the east. In next month's report, the garage roof should be covered with soil, the stucco should be on and the stonework finished. It is difficult to describe how this will all play together; we'll hope for better lighting next month (perhaps a cloudy day after a snowfall) so the exterior finish will be readily visible.

Cornered! Pumpkin and Neko cooperate in catching a burrowing animal. Pumpkin is getting quite good at catching mice; she often bounces through the high grass like a deer, surprising mice at each landing. One day, she presented us with five dead mice at the front of the Carriage House.

Neko and Pumpkin are also good at locating dead deer left by coyotes. This usually leads to a bath before being allowed back in the house.

The stone stairway is nearing completion; it leads up next to the retaining wall of the south patio (where 4 doors connect to the Great Room, Dining Room and Kitchen area). The top of the wall needs a few stones to cap it, then the concrete pillars will be finished with the same stone and a metal railing will connect them. Large lichen covered boulders that match the retaining wall will be used to line the outer edge of the stone stairway. The patio itself is stamped and stained concrete that closely matches the stone used in the stairway.

Jon Nakamatsu came to town to perform this month; Pauline knows him, so she contacted him and we were able to take him to lunch as well as attend his performance. Pauline's son Marcus and his friend Paul were here for several days. They came to fish and to see Yellowstone Park (pictures here). The weather turned cool and cloudy the day they arrived, but there was good weather for a Yellowstone visit and for one of the fishing days.

Be sure to check out the Main House Progress
( New!   Improved! )

Parting Shot
The End of the Flowers

The deer finally discovered our wildflower bed. We did not chase them off, figuring snow would soon kill the flowers anyhow, and it did — it snowed the next day (October 2) and most of the remainder of the week. That slowed down the outside work, but the weather has turned good again (just in time for hunting season).