New Caelifera

New Caelifera

modern methow cabin

Snow Pictures

Pictures from our Thanksgiving trip
img_20141130_104131209_hdr

img_20141130_103143180_hdr img_20141130_073300595 (1)
sledding outside the back door

sledding outside the back door

frozen chain

frozen chain

img_20141129_153104924_hdr img_20141129_103527160_hdr (1)
Mt. Gardner

Mt. Gardner

above the fog

above the fog

fire about the fog

fire about the fog

abovethe fog

abovethe fog

admin December 20, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

Kitchen

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.
IMG_20141108_142247030_HDR

admin November 17, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

The Return of Test Dog

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!

Waiting for telescope time

Waiting for telescope time

Bed hog

Bed hog

Head tilt

Head tilt

admin October 11, 2014 3 Comments Permalink

New Caelifera Gets Furniture

Moving furniture in
IMG_20140914_123657818_HDR
Oh, and this is a huge door!IMG_20140914_123225578_HDR
IMG_20140913_115241929_HDR
Not a bad place to sit and enjoy the view
IMG_20140913_192719853_HDR
IMG_20140913_165123562
A nice place to sit beside the outdoor shower
IMG_20140914_122148484_HDR
The telescope is out. Max was beyond excited to go outside and use it.
IMG_20140913_165131111_HDR
Shelves are being loaded
IMG_20140914_123430185_HDR
IMG_20140913_170419339_HDR
IMG_20140914_123415877
Main bedroom
IMG_20140914_121931495_HDR
Another giant door
IMG_20140914_122640079_HDR
We picked up two more outdoor chairs
IMG_20140914_140205702_HDR
IMG_20140913_192628429_HDR
Door with handle
IMG_20140914_140523673
Morning light on Mt Gardner
IMG_20140914_064634406_HDR
View from the bathroom
IMG_20140914_083153490_HDR
Pantry and ladder to storage area above kitchen.
IMG_20140913_165209047_HDR
Outside.
IMG_20140914_140241566_HDR

admin September 20, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

Labor Day Weekend Photos

Nothing say celebrating Labor day holiday cleaning the floors! Here are some photos during and post cleaning. Kitchen with island all spiffed up:
IMG_20140830_154514737_HDRA nice place to enjoy a summer dinnerIMG_20140831_191308208Ladder from Max’s bed to a secret play area aboveIMG_20140831_163455819_HDROutdoor bed, ready to be hungIMG_20140831_163134030Aspen and mirror imageIMG_20140831_182334793_HDRGreypants lightsIMG_20140831_195159243_HDRHard to get tired of this viewIMG_20140831_175906701Light from GraypantsIMG_20140831_203601332What happens when you haven’t yet bought a wine openerIMG_20140831_164147847Outside, now, with tableIMG_20140831_175842339_HDR

admin September 3, 2014 2 Comments Permalink

Heading Towards the Final Push

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?
IMG_20140822_191234810_HDRThe Argentine grill is in:
IMG_20140822_164849143_HDRIMG_20140822_171004744_HDR
And the patios are in:
IMG_20140824_093812096_HDRIMG_20140824_094003870_HDRIMG_20140824_093513115_HDROutdoor shower read for installIMG_20140824_094112029_HDRNot just a fan, a “Big Ass Fan™”IMG_20140822_172803319_HDRAccent tile in bathroomIMG_20140822_165247496Bath tub in, tile nearing completionIMG_20140822_201519658At night the garage looks like it might be about to lift offIMG_20140822_205221652From down the hillIMG_20140824_100915824_HDRThese (slightly dusty) pendants are awesome. At night they reflect against all the glass in a crazy patternIMG_20140822_174009925_HDRStove and counter tops are in. Dusty!IMG_20140822_194021877Hand railIMG_20140822_171345182NighttimeIMG_20140822_204933430

admin August 26, 2014 2 Comments Permalink

Smoke

A few captures of what it’s been like to visit during these fire laden times. Smoke and construction:
img_20140801_153713491_hdr
Smoke creating “God” light:
img_20140801_164402808_hdr (1)
img_20140801_164410266_hdr
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.
img_20140801_164417345
A part of the plume just as things began to really explode
14 - 1
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!

admin August 16, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

Fire

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.14 - 1

Please consider donating to help both short and long term recovery in the Methow.

Fourth of July Trip

Patio is staked out, pouring was happening this week (slowed by it being absolutely scorching).
IMG_20140702_201639576_HDR
IMG_20140705_085921703_HDR
IMG_20140702_194952896_HDR
IMG_20140705_090002409
IMG_20140705_085948034
Patio by master bedroom. Outdoor show in concrete wall wiggle.
IMG_20140705_090031465
Entry porch
IMG_20140705_085827624_HDR
Bed at the end of the library
IMG_20140702_140016540_HDR
Library shelves
IMG_20140705_075620764
Kitchen in progress
IMG_20140703_191134195_HDR
Bunk room beds in progress
IMG_20140703_191724520_HDR
Pantry with ladder to storage area
img_5840
Pantry and powder room door hardware
IMG_20140702_193247827
More exterior photos
IMG_20140702_201332677_HDR
IMG_20140710_205224
IMG_20140710_205115

Country Living

Hazards of the country life. Poison oak:
IMG_20140702_202437348
I’ve only found a small patch, but still not going to be fun removing it.

Rattlensnake caught by our builder:
rattler in a bucket
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.