Our Summer Project is almost Done!
installed pavers so you no longer have to step out of the van into wet
Detail of the Pavers
The stones lining the walkway were all collected from the meadow
Those shrubs will get HUGE and eventually block the tank from view
Val has tiled the backsplash
Here's a close-up of the glass tiles.
$100 in tiles from Home Depot
Taken just northwest of Lummi island
We were in the middle of a minor feeding frenzy were
surrounded by several frisky orcas for about 5 minutes. They came VERY
close to the boat. Very unusual, according to
Captain Bill Carli
of Carli Charters. Bill is a great guy and soon-to-be published
author. Yet one more interesting island resident it has been our pleasure
The bedroom totally tricked out
After the llamas left, the grass went nuts :-)
We had Llamas! For a while...
The Trumpeter Inn loaned us 6 lawn-mowing llamas for a couple weeks.
The not quite latest
the blinds and valences are in
The Other latest
The House Beautiful Shot [
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Our living room at night
Val's teapot collection
The view leaving Anacortes on the ferry
Controls: Weather Center, Temp, Light, and Fan Controls
Weather Center shows indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity, Moon
phases, barometric pressure, basic forcast and the time based on signal
received from national atomic clock. Made by Oregon Scientific and
available at Bartell's for under $30
Upstairs crawlspace hatch, made using leftover kitchen
cabinet laminate, framed and held in place using a Velcro strip along the
back of the top edge.
Another shot of Val painting - a first coat of buttery gold
in the Dining Room
Paul got the countertops installed - and the sink fits!
The wood edges still need staining but now the sink and dishwasher
plumbing can continue.
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Loft Bedroom at night. When you lay down,
you can see stars through the window
Kitchen and Laminate Flooring
Vaulted Ceiling Fan
IKEA Leather Chair and Ottoman - VERY comfy
Loft Bedroom Ladies' Petite Pissoir
There is an IKEA 3 drawer bureau to the left
Pressure Tank (blue) and On Demand Water Heater
way up high on the wall (Grey) in the Laundry Room.
Carpeted Loft Stairs at Night
Main Floor Bath,
Featuring "The Sottini" Full Height Vanity. Very cool.
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the kitchen begins to come together
Looking toward living room vaulted ceiling
from the middle of loft bedroom
Small ladies "pissoir" in the loft bedroom
laminate wood, Pergo type floor in the petite pissoir
(this laminate will also cover the entire main floor)
Linoleum in Main Floor Bathroom
(linoleum extends across short carport entrance hall and into
Our first snowfall - Taken by our neighbors, Maury and
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San Juan Island is 14 miles long and 7 wide. Population
7000. It's nice and dark and, being in what they call the Rain Shadow of
the Olympic mountains, it enjoys more than 270 days of sunshine a year. An
imaging friend who built an observatory nearby tells me that in the Fall
and Spring, the laminar flow over the area steadies the atmospheric seeing
quite nicely. It'll be a pleasure to eventually try planetary imaging
under those skies as our "non-vacation home" in Woodinville is in the
Convergence Zone - the exact opposite of the Rain Shadow.
Here how far we've gotten with the interior design.
We're still undecided about the "Extra" room off the deck.
Here's Paul's early 3D rendering based on the specs, using
some $40 software he found at Staples.
Here's Paul's first "blueprint" of the layout
using that Staples software.
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Last but not least... the
dream that started it all... Here is our little astronomy getaway as you
might imagine it at night:
This is our little dream cabin placed
against an actual photo of our lovely meadow. In the sky above,
you can see the great Eagle Nebula/M16* setting into the northwestern
tree line along with an unknown ringed planetoid. Hey, it's our dream,
we can see whatever we want. :-)
thanks to Roland
Christen for lending me his magnificent rendition of M16
Oh, yeah -
the moon meadow picture up at the top was taken from the ridge
overlooking the San Juan Airport a half mile to the east of us.