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
A few captures of what it’s been like to visit during these fire laden times. Smoke and construction:
Smoke creating “God” light:
Smoke where smoke should not be. This is the “Rising Eagle Fire” just outside Twisp. We watched as a few puffs turned quickly into a huge plume. My Everyday Photos has photos from her home, which was in the middle of that smoke.
A part of the plume just as things began to really explode
I think this last one will be imprinted in my head for a long time, and can’t even image the images imprinted on those who lived and lost much closer to the fire.
I promise: positive photos next up!
Devastating losses as fire ravaged the Methow this last week. It’s hard to find words to describe this event, the tragedy, the amazing power of the fire, and most importantly the way the community has leaned on each other through such difficult times. On Thursday I snapped this picture from our place, when this portion of the fire was still just the “Cougar Flats” fire and had not merged into the firestorm that became the Carlton Complex.
Please consider donating to help both short and long term recovery in the Methow.
Patio is staked out, pouring was happening this week (slowed by it being absolutely scorching).
Patio by master bedroom. Outdoor show in concrete wall wiggle.
Bed at the end of the library
Kitchen in progress
Bunk room beds in progress
Pantry with ladder to storage area
Pantry and powder room door hardware
More exterior photos
Rattlensnake caught by our builder:
Excavator, whose family homesteaded the land, says not many rattlers around our land, but his grandpa used to dynamite a den of them the next ridge over. Also grandma used to shoot them with a shotgun.