Friday, October 2, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Finally assembling the trellis that wraps around the inside of the courtyard. The heavy duty angles that have been bolted onto the house framing are finally being put to use.
But before trellis goes up, we had to spend a week putting up the T&G cedar beneath the eaves. Necessary, but not nearly as satisfying as bolting that first ledger on top of the angles.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Arbequina olive tree with olives. Arbequina is Spanish olive and considered one of the hardiest varieties of olive tree. This guy has over wintered in a pot for two seasons without any problems. Eventually these trees will be part of a mini-grove that will partially enclose the fourth side of our courtyard.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
A brown turkey fig tree planted against the south stucco wall of our house. We're building a metal trellis that we'll put in place behind the tree so that we can espalier the tree flat against the wall. Photograph on the right shows baby figs. The countdown to bacon wrapped figs has officially begun.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Six pairs of inexpensive french doors have really worked against our otherwise high r-value strawbale walls. New thermal drapery panels can be opened now to let in sunlight then closed at night to keep that heat in. We hung the curtains on a wire cable for a cleaner look and to save money.
The panels were on sale from JC Penny. A 'wall' of panels, plus hanging hardware, for two pair of french doors, totaled 100 dollars.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
The freezing fog thins long enough to reveal Mt. Mcloughin to the East. For the most part, we lay low, shuffle papers, and eagerly await the Spring. And on days when the sun has come out, we've planted more fruit and nut trees: almonds, pears and peaches. As far as the house is concerned, the county signed off on our final inspection last week.