Late, late summer. Week of September 16, 2000
Summer is winding down around the Ranch. The wild flowers around the house
are at their peak.
This field is full of all
kinds of different wild flowers, all of them in different shades of Blue.
Timber enjoying the
sights, sounds, and smells today too..
Back in the
house... all the lumber I unloaded last week has been planed, cut, artfully
carved on, sanded, and shaped into railing and posts! Here it was all hands on
deck as the guys struggling to get one of the post on the stairs in.
Dad and Chris in
deep discussion on getting this shoe rail to fit.
After the inside
railing was done, they moved out to the porches. Here Dad is putting all the
dowels in for the handrail to go on.
The kitchen counter tops are
done now. Dad and Chris did and excellent job putting down this porcelain tile.
It was a very challenging job and it was their first counter top. It is
We wondered how to
terminate the railing into the roof in my bedroom upstairs. This is what I came
up with. It looks like the railing has materialized inside the roof. A little
weird, but I like it.
The new loft railing and
stair railing. This was a LOT of work for the guys. All the interior railing
took Dad and Chris about 10 days to get done. There was a lot of cutting,
carving, and fitting to get the raw lumber to become this beautiful railing.
A view of my office railing
from downstairs at night.
My office, well... at least
temporary office number 2, from the bedroom. The railing is new and after all
this time without any, its fascinating to see it.
My front porch lights. Here
Chris and Dad have one section of the railing done.
working on the raw lumber for the front steps.
I had to get one more wild
flower picture in here. I know these are the last few days of summer.
Mom came up to help clean up
some. She has worked a lot to help me get the house livable, or at least
camp-able. Here Mom and Timber playing in the side yard. Notice how the grass
is growing in!
Nick is helping Chris hold a
post for the front steps. As has been the case with all the railing an posts,
Chris is using a wood chisel to get that perfect fit.
Here is a semi-rare plant
around here. It's a Mountain Holly. The berries on this wild shrub look like
small cherries. This is the first one I've ever seen and it grows by the creek
in front of the house.
Ending this page with a
sunset over the Smokies.