Monday, March 22, 2010
22 March 2010
This photo was taken late in the afternoon yesterday. Much of the sky was cloudy, but this one spot. This was the sun shining on the hills as the sun set below the clouds. The landscape constantly changes!
The winter here (Dec-March) is the rainy season. In some areas, the brown desert has sprung green grass and many of the trees are bright green now. Coming from Oregon, I have to say all this is relative. We may have had two to three inches of rain here all winter. The green landscape here is more like Eastern Oregon during the fall. None-the-less, we find it beautiful and enjoy the changes as time goes by.
We woke up to this scene this morning. All the black dots in the water are pelicans. They are a usual sight here, but I can't remember ever seeing so many of them peacefully floating in the water. Generally we see them skimming along the crest of the waves, diving from up above or flying overhead. It was a bit eerie not to see any in flight....I thought of how animals sense things before something happens, like an earthquake or a storm. These seemed so peaceful, it was hard to imagine they were anxious about anything. They spent much of the day there.
As far as the construction goes much has been accomplished in the last few days. Here they are pouring the footing for a column on the lower level of the kitchen/living room. Besides the columns for the back wall of the piano/bar, this is the last column to be poured for both master suite and kitchen/living room. The workers have begun making the forms for the concrete beams along the roof line in the master suite. All of this is part of the first phase of construction which covers the foundation and all the concrete work. The walls still need a finish as do the floors.
The real question is; will they be ready for the cabinets to be installed on the 9th of April? 18 days away; including Sundays.....
Doug is standing in our kitchen overlooking the project...a favorite pasttime these days. The rebar in front of him is for the wall at the back of the piano room/bar and the last two columns. Once these are in place, they will be able to do the kitchen floor and perhaps the walls.
The roof should start in about a week and a half. We shall see.......
Koki, the architect visits again Wednesday and we have our list of questions to ask. It sure is easier to keep track of everything while we are living next door than it was when we traveled out to the property once, maybe twice a day.