Saturday, July 14, 2007

Fields of Opportunities

Here we are enjoying a picnic dinner at Yum Yum Farm with our dear friends Anne and Bishop. We are saddened that they are moving to the Puget Sound area, but thrilled that we are able to share this experience with them. They, too, are building a new home on a beautiful site in Washington, and they currently live in a home built by the Amelons. It's gorgeous, and, of course, very well made! This photo is looking east, adjacent to the raspberries that we got from our dinner guest's garden a few years ago.

The sun sets on Yum Yum Farm as the dinner party winds down. Alas, tomorrow is another work day, and we must take our rest. Sunsets out here are nearly always a soft, fluffy pastel drawing. Weather permitting, of course.

This House is Soooo Rad!

Upon setting foot inside the Yum Yum Farm house, Joanna's cousin Paige immediately began to alert architectural impresarios around the world to what was happening in our little town. Actually, I think someone called her. In any case, we were honored to have Paige visit our new home, where she became the very first person to sleep in our house. We haven't even done that yet! Paige enjoyed a comfortable midsummer night's slumber in the loft, while we slumbered in our truck-top tent. The picture below is taken from the future back yard, south of the dining porch, looking up, obviously. Paige and Joanna are inspecting the fine craftsmanship of the newly framed house. Paige is a writer, travel and otherwise, and you can find out more about her and her subjects at

Here's that comfy loft we were talking about. Joanna will market her company's products from the office located here, and guests who don't mind ascending a slightly steeper than usual staircase will enjoy sleeping up here. The loft will feature a nice big window looking to the west, though it's covered for now, pending arrival of the windows. Speaking of windows, they are being manufactured as we speak (or type) in Ashland, Wisconsin, on the shores of beautiful Lake Superior. They are called H Windows, and you can learn more about them here: