Saturday, October 31, 2009
First up - the school parade and party on Friday featuring Harry Potter;
and Ron Weasely;
As a reward for a great win last week Adam's soccer team played in full team colours on Saturday; This is cleat inspection before the game, Adam facing forward in front:
Adam playing here in number 9 - sadly they did not win despite their fearsome appearance.
Finally on Saturday night we got invited to 2 halloween parties, and went trick-or-treating around the neighbourhood. They were so pleased that I dressed up too (I'm supposed to be Mollie Weasely).
Adam filled his candy bucket and was reduced to saying "Trick or Treat!, but actually I don't want any candy". As usual we transacted the candy-for-lego exchange!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I used Alison Hansel's pattern from Charmed Knits. The sweater is knitted in Webs' Williamstown yarn in the navy colour. I duplicate stitched the H, although my duplicate stitch is not so good - I just consider it a more weasley sweater.
Full costume reveal to come at Halloween!
Monday, October 19, 2009
This photo shows the new roof line at the back of the house. The new skylights have been framed inside, but not yet installed. The big openings in the back wall are for french windows and a large window.
Inside, the framing for the loft is all in place. This is the gallery above the new family room, the ladder is more or less where our final ladder will go. The gallery will have railings along the edge (luckily for those of us without a head for heights).
This photo was taken just inside the new french windows. The half-wall on the right surrounds the lower-level mud room.
Looking to the left (above our kitchen) is the main part of the loft. This will be surrounded by a half-wall.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
I'm in Rochester Minnesota again for business. I left San Jose bright and early at 6:30 so ended up with an afternoon at leisure so I decided to make a trip to Pepin, Wisconsin, to Laura's birthplace.
The drive from Minneapolis to Pepin was gorgeous: I took the Great River Road, along the Mississippi until I got to Pepin. Lake Pepin, which the Ingalls family crossed while it was frozen, is part of the Mississippi River, and again, was just beautiful in the crisp autumn day.
Pepin itself is a very small town. It boasts a Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, but it didn't really have anything of Laura's: just some contemporary stuff. The Little House itself is no longer there, but a replica is on the site.
The little house is indeed tiny, and still seemed isolated, although it sits on one of the main roads out of Pepin. There are no woods any more, the area is really agricultural now, but it was peaceful and pretty, and I was glad to spend my afternoon in Wisconsin.
Tonight there is snow forecast in Minnesota - I'm glad I bought my coat, but fear I didn't bring enough knitwear - what an opportunity missed!
Friday, October 09, 2009
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Hopefully the actual roof will go on next week, but it sounds like not soon enough...roofing scheduled for Thursday, rain arriving Tuesday...please keep your fingers crossed for us.
Sunday, October 04, 2009
On Thursday the framing for the loft was in place. You can see the new loft gallery in front of the kitchen door. Oddly enough the water heater is right back where it was positioned when we bought the house - bang in front of the door. You can also see the lower level of the new mud room/back door in this photo.
On Friday the roof started to go up. The maximum height of the new build is 1' higher than our existing roof line, but the main roof line will also be raised to match the height.
It's really exciting to see the house actually taking shape. However the fun is about to start - I spent the entire weekend clearing everything out of the kitchen because next week they need to open the kitchen roof to tie the new roof the the existing joists. Sadly I mised Lambtown, but Lambtown will be there next year (I hope) when I will have plenty of new storage for additional fiber purchases!