The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.
Henri Cartier-Bresson

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Photo #182 2012

Electricians nightmare-not mine-thank goodness!
Since making our move to Northern California
our lives are so much more low key and relaxed!

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Photo #180 2012

So deer don't eat potatoes?
This morning I went out to the garden to water
and "Ack" was the first thing out of my mouth....
the second were the words "Greedy bastards"
Deer will eat anything if they want to..... 
Hopefully the potatoes will still produce something?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Photo #178 2012

Yesterday I took a little drive to the alpaca farm.

My garden needed a nitrogen boost and

they sell "Alpaca Pooh" for $2 a bag!

Such a deal and such a cute little guy here.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Photo #176 2012

This photo is dedicated to Jim Swindle and another Jim who both
found the images I posted earlier from this garden intriguing
So, Jim Swindle- and Jim from Montgomery, Texas 
here's a shot of the whole garden!
You can find Jim S.'s blogs here:
and here:

and the other Jim's blogs are here:
and here

and if you missed the other two images here are those links:

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Photo #173 2012

Another disappeared window !
This one will become a medecine cabinet
This second floor bathroom window had
to accomodate the new roof line.
Tomorrow I will show the other side of both 
"disappeared windows". It'll make more sense then. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Photo #172 2012

Temporary loss of view
I'll have my window back soon.....
it'll be a stained glass window opening
up into our art hall leading to our bedroom.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Photo #170.5 and 171 2012

 Every hydrant needs flowers............
....and so do vegetable gardens!
Pretty soon my plants can all be outside plastic protection! 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Photo #169 and 170 2012

Some more photos of Sue's Flower Garden

 I love the fragrance of peonys...

Lovely clematis-look out-the deer will eat them!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Photo #135 2012

Raise the Roof Carpenters!

Today our trusses arrived!
The crane operator was amazing! 
He operated the crane with incredible finesse
and skill. He made it look so easy!
 Upside down trusses and right side up mountains.
Crane operator delivering last piece...
View from the back of the addition.
Jason sets down the last delivered truss. 
Now the carpenters will nail them
and our roof will begin to take shape!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Photo #164 2012

A stretchy view of our landscaping project.
When we bought our 10 acre property a few months back
we did not realize that the over abundant Manzanita
was such a fire hazard. Well, we learned quick enough
and hired some help in removing a good deal of it
so if a fire were to come through our home would
be more secure . Now our Oak trees can actually breathe
and will be healthier.
We will also plant some conifers once the rains start this fall.
It's interesting living in a forest.
You can look here for more prohect photos:

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Photo #161 and 161.5 2012

 Stalebread Scottie and the Old Napper
Playing toe-tapping music.
Great fiddle playing by the Old Napper
AKA Eric Knoblauch!/eric.knoblauch.5
We went on down to Dunsmuir CA for dinner
and syncronicity struck again with our luck
in getting to listen to these two musicians who
ride the rails and play for tips.
It is "Railroad Days" in Dunsmuir this weekend
and they just rode in from New Orleans yesterday.
We bought a few CD's and Stalebread Scottie is also on Facebook:
Never a dull day up here in Northern California!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Photo #159 and 160

Oak stump with Oak seedling 
There have been forest fires in the past
that have gone through our property.
Starting today we will be removing a lot
of the flammable manzanita that cause
small fires to become big fires.
It's a 3-4 day project and not cheap,
but necessary when living in a forest.

Butterfly on Manzanita

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Photo #158 and 158.5

Construction update

Yesterday morning

Yesterday afternoon

Some insulation got tucked in before the
subflooring had to be put down before
the rains show up again. Russell is going
to have to install the remainder by
going under into the crawl space.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Monday, June 4, 2012

Photo #156 2012

Immigrants from Portugal, especially the Azore Islands,
settled after the California gold rush of 1849
in the area now known as Hawkinsville.
It was the only Portugese dominated mining settlement
that persisted throughout the latter part of the 19th century.
The need for a Catholic church soon arose and it was either 
Father Patrick Farrelly or Father Fernandes that
was responsible for establishing the church and offering the first mass.
The present building has been erected in the spring of 1858 by
a Henry Egbert; it was first used as a saloon and then a meat market.
Eventually it was remodeled and consecrated as the 
Church of the Immaculate Conception and it's first Mass
was celebrated in 1878. Today the church is used only
during the Holy Ghost Festival in June of each year
for the Festival Mass of Thanksgiving.
Around the turn of the 20th century this crown and it's
scepter was brought over from Portugal so the
tradition of the Holy Ghost Festival could continue.
The first Festival Queen was crowned in 1900 and that
same crown and scepter is used today.
The Festival commemorates a miracle in the 14th century
which ended a famine; thus the significance of the
bread distributed after Mass.

You can view more photos taken at this years Festival here:

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Friday, June 1, 2012

Photo #153 2012

Finally we are out of the dirt
and the true building begins!
Looking down from our little bedroom balcony