Excavation uncovered a large number of rocks, which our builders sorted through and arranged in a nicely to make a fire circle. Here is a shot of the spot (we’ve reseeded so natural grasses will start growing back around this area…going to have to clear this out for fire safety):
I’d like anything we put in the middle here to be pretty low profile and unobtrusive. So, because this is what ex-theoretical physicists do, I cranked up Mathematica and came up with some simple ideas. Hex version:
I was not able to get a ton of reading done this year, though I did spend a lot of time reading algebraic geometry texts, which is not reflected in the list below. Certainly the book I enjoyed the most this year was Edward Frenkel’s “Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality”. The subject area itself is fascinating. Definitely read this if you want to know what the Langland’s program is and how it fits in with the bigger picture of modern mathematics. I also loved the way that Frenkel weaved his personal story into the math story in such a smooth manner. The most surprising book for me this year was “A Calculated Life” by Anne Charnock, which I really didn’t like for the first few pages, but which grew and grew into a beautiful story, touching, story.
Non-fiction, ordered by most to least recommended
Fiction, ordered by most to least recommended
The bar stools have finally arrived (great customer service form Alchemy Collections after a little snafu in the ordering process), which pretty much completes the kitchen.
2 years ago we took Test dog to the Methow valley and she spent the weekend running crazily around the property and loving life. Sadly shortly after that she came down with diabetes and lost her eyesight. Until our last trip there were still open trenches around the property, so we hadn’t been able to bring her along, but now that they are filled up, she got to return. Welcome back Test Dog!
Moving furniture in
Oh, and this is a huge door!
Not a bad place to sit and enjoy the view
A nice place to sit beside the outdoor shower
The telescope is out. Max was beyond excited to go outside and use it.
Shelves are being loaded
Another giant door
We picked up two more outdoor chairs
Door with handle
Morning light on Mt Gardner
View from the bathroom
Pantry and ladder to storage area above kitchen.
Nothing say celebrating Labor day holiday cleaning the floors! Here are some photos during and post cleaning. Kitchen with island all spiffed up:
A nice place to enjoy a summer dinnerLadder from Max’s bed to a secret play area aboveOutdoor bed, ready to be hungAspen and mirror imageGreypants lightsHard to get tired of this viewLight from GraypantsWhat happens when you haven’t yet bought a wine openerOutside, now, with table
Over this last weekend to run the 11 mile and 2000 ft climb Cutthroat Classic. I survived. Meanwhile New Caelifera is itself starting to see the finish line. Notice some new changes?
The Argentine grill is in:
And the patios are in:
Outdoor shower read for installNot just a fan, a “Big Ass Fan™”Accent tile in bathroomBath tub in, tile nearing completionAt night the garage looks like it might be about to lift offFrom down the hillThese (slightly dusty) pendants are awesome. At night they reflect against all the glass in a crazy patternStove and counter tops are in. Dusty!Hand railNighttime