Friday, August 27, 2010

Moving Along

Photos of the finished septic, basement heating and slab, concrete block, and well drilling.
Septic field carved (carefully?) around the highbush blueberry patch
Laying the pex

Floor is poured!

Well Rig

Block arrives!

This week:
Basement windows are in
Bracing and beams are in
Old well is abandoned
New well is plumbed and capped
Basement is backfilled
Garage and porch are dug

Hope to catch up on photos this weeked. Have a great one!

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Our building project just keeps on going! Framing is due to start SOON. So where are we at? What are we building? I guess we left you with some plans and ideas last time, but a couple things morphed and tweeked and now, we have FINAL plans, although that's really so untrue with any building I think. But at this point, we're sticking to it. There are so many exciting things about the plan and also many compromises. Same with building: some is great fun and some is rather stressful and tense. Thrilling and overwhelming. A bit like zorbing, perhaps.
Here we have:
The "Final" Plans

The Site as We Knew It

Here we go!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Merry Berry

Remember those Eat'n Park commercials about the Merry Berry Month of May? Me too.

But we don't get berries in May. That's silliness. We get berries starting in June and this summer we've been enjoying the fruits of our bushes and shrubs continually.

We had an incredibly short but sweet strawberry season. The wet wet weather we had reeked havoc on the U-pick strawberry farm. We didn't end up going, but instead snacking on the wild ones at Green Garden (teeny! but sweet), the frozen ones from last season, and the planted ones in our backyard.

At the end of June and through July, we got the biggest, best huckleberries and blueberries we've picked. Ever. Know how big a wild blueberry is? Then you'll appreciate these photos. Oliver had a tough time keeping his hands out of Mama's container, but was darn pleased later with blue muffins, pancakes, pies, and fresh snacks.
The little one is a more "normal" wild huckleberry -- compared to this year's average size!

I've never been a fan of blueberry pie. It always seemed overly sweet and jellied to me. Then Jods turned me on to Fresh Berry Pie and a whole new world opened up! Try it.

Then in July (while huckles and blues were still going) the raspberries kicked in. They have such a short window, those raspberries. They're fragile and susceptible to mold and they'll fall off the bush at the slightest breeze. Sort of precious, I guess. Maybe that's why they're Darling's favorite berry. O seemed to really get into them this year as well (blueberries are his fave); more often than not when he disappeared from sight and I'd call him, the response was "I'm picking raspberries, Mama!" 

The huge raspberry crop ended abruptly, as raspberries tend to do, but not before we had raspberries in cereal, pie (see above!), and a fresh raspberry sherbert from the neighbors.

Now it's time for blackberries. These big guys tend to be my favorite (well, I do like the huckleberries best, but they're so little...) Blackberries are big, tart, bold, not so seedy as raspberries. Can handle tougher conditions and can fill a colander in minutes. So why are we having such a weak blackberry year? O and I ate 12 on Sunday and that just might be it for the rest of the week. Or season. May have to grab a few frozen from last year for my choice summer quencher: blackberry basil lemonade. Which will just lead me to crave Martha's Blackberry Basil Tart.

So many berries. So little time. Buckle, cobbler, tart, jam, sorbet...

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Groundwork and Foundations

The masons put the framing in, Brian and Jordan plumbed her up, we battled a surly plumbing inspector, BLP reinstalled power, Brian and I laid the pex tubing, septic tanks and fields were set, and we passed all (septic, plumbing, electrical, mechanical) intermediate inspections. Good stuff.

Next up: the concrete was poured for the basement slab (just need to post photos), block walls going up this week, update on the well (should be finished Tuesday?).