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So, we did stuff...

And the animals came out to play...

Which means...

Picture post!

(Yes, I know I've done a lot of these lately; I've been too tired at home and too busy at work to do a cogent - or coherent - essay post.  Don't worry, more is in the offing.)

First, the floor:

This is in the evening, after a day of installation.  We got the carpet ages ago, but didn't want to put it down on the dusty concrete floor that attracts dirt like nobody's business.  Pretty, no?  The floor looks a little redder than it actually is in this light, but it's a light cherry-like colour.  After the grey concrete floor, it's just so warm and beautiful.

We've left a blank square in one corner of the room (not pictured), as that's where the piano platform (about 24" high, with storage in the sides) will go.  All the musical instruments and such will go there, and the stereo will be installed in the side.  It will be rather cool, I think.

Friday was rainy and grey, but Saturday the sun came out, and I was struck again by how gorgeous the view is from the sitting room window:

And, I got a picture of Bob sawing up the floor pieces.  You know, for posterity:

(I know; it's just for my amusement, really.)

We also enjoyed the wildlife, as always.  The milkweed isn't blooming yet, so the butterflies aren't arriving en masse (they'll be here in July), but we have a family of indigo buntings:

Three of them, two males and a female who hang together.  I guess they're either a nest set, or a mating set.  They seem inseparable.

...And the baby rabbits are getting quite big (though they're still hanging out together and playing - mostly one runs at the other, who jumps vertically and looks offended):


And we have a baby groundhog who has made its home in the woodshed by the kitchen, and who came out a lot while we were there (though it ran every time it saw us):

Yum, clover.  Look at that little tongue!

On Friday, it ended up sitting under the cover of the woodshed a lot, which was super funny, since it kept slipping off the planks while attempting to eat the briars that grow all over the shed.  At one point though, it settled down and just sort of watched the rain for a bit:


So bedraggled. So cute.

Saturday, we discovered that it is quite comfortable with the proximity of the house:

That is the deck right outside the sitting room window.  I took the picture from the window, and was almost on top of it.

I have a thing for groundhogs - they don't exist in England, and they're... squishy.  And this one is still quite tiny.  It walks with its little fuzzy tail sticking up in the air, with the tip curled under.

Soooooooooooooo cute.

So - new floor, new animals.  Can't wait to get back.



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Jun. 8th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
I like photo posts.

The animals are fun, since we don't get many rabbits down here. I think the cursed fire ants kill them. :( Nasty fire ants.
Jun. 8th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous! Inside and out.
Jun. 8th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
Really enjoy your info posts. And the animal shots are just devine. Keep the updates coming...*S*
Jun. 8th, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
I love your photo posts of farm wildlife! (Ok, I love your photo posts of sewing/knitting/construction projects too...)

Thank you for sharing!
Jun. 8th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
Oh how beautiful to be in such a richness of nature! Thank you for the wonderful pictures.
Jun. 9th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
Very pretty.......I see you are under attack from the forces of Fu
Jun. 9th, 2009 01:26 am (UTC)
I love your picture posts! And I envy you the indigo buntings -- I don't think I've ever seen one outside of Audobon artwork. They're just so pretty, I can only imagine what it's like to see that flash of bright blue flitting through your trees!
Jun. 9th, 2009 02:12 am (UTC)
The house is looking great!! So nice to have a country home!

Jun. 9th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
The house looks fabulous! And you've clearly found a little corner of paradise. :)
Jun. 9th, 2009 10:22 am (UTC)
We've traded! You've got my groundhogs and I have your baby lambs.

I am so weird. When I lived in the south east of the US and part of the time I was in Maryland, I travelled about once a month to teach as part of my job. Every time I was on the way to the airport, I would scan the sides of the road for a groundhog. I had this superstitious thing where if I saw a groundhog, I knew it would be a good trip.
Jun. 9th, 2009 11:52 am (UTC)
The floors look fabulous. They really warm up the space.
Jun. 9th, 2009 12:06 pm (UTC)
Love the floor, love the floor and *squee* at the groundhog.
Jun. 9th, 2009 12:13 pm (UTC)
Wish I could see your photo posts at work. *pout* At least it gives me something to look forward to when I finally get home.
Jun. 9th, 2009 12:25 pm (UTC)
Really is beautiful
Can't wait to see it in person. I'm gonna be afraid to walk on it.
Jun. 9th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
so nice!
All that relaxing at your nearly complete nest--I still can't figure out why you didn't want to help me move mulch on Sunday!
Jun. 9th, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
Jun. 9th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
The floors look great. You guys busted ass. It occurs to me that the platform for the piano has some interesting acoustical possibilities.... It could end up being a huge resonance chamber for the Piano.
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