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Progress on the Wabi-Sabi Ranch

Warming up
Warming up

Every day you may make progress.  Every step may be fruitful.  Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path.  You know you will never get to the end of the journey.  But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.

~ Winston Churchill

Yield
Yield

Winter still has a grip on us.  Snowflakes have been scurrying around, not adding much to what’s already on the ground.  The lagoon is iced over.  So is Back Creek, a surprise to me because it’s tidal and I expected the force of the tides to keep it from freezing on the surface.  There is a small channel that isn’t frozen over yet.

Ice patterns on the creek
Ice patterns on the creek

I normally don’t post on Saturdays, but I wanted to catch you up on the construction of the addition to the sunroom.

Before the work was begun.
Before the work was begun.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, work has been proceeding quickly and steadily.  John the Construction Guy is out here almost every day, either working, dropping off supplies, or just checking to make sure everything is okay.  He’s done much of the work on his own, but has helpers here from time to time.

The pit for the foundation.
The pit for the foundation.  (6 January 2014)

We should strive to welcome change and challenges, because they are what help us grow.

~ H. G. Wells, The Time Machine

From the bottom up.  (13 January 2014)
From the bottom up. (13 January 2014)

It did seem a little slow at first.

Walls going up.  (16 January 2014)
Walls going up. (16 January 2014)

But the next thing I knew, the walls were going up.

A room is appearing.  (17 January 2014)
A room is appearing. (17 January 2014)

And the profile of the house was changed.

22 January
22 January
24 January
24 January

Progress is not accomplished in one stage.

~ Victor Hugo

24 January
24 January

Things will start to slow down a little now.  John is waiting for some of the building materials to come in (siding shingles, decking, and something else I’m forgetting).  I’m curious about the shingles.  The company that made the shingles for the house went bankrupt and another company is making them now.  However, the colors are different, partly because the shingles on the house have faded and weathered, and partly because they don’t make that color anymore.  In case you’re wondering, the siding is vinyl although it looks a lot like cedar shingles.  John ordered the shingles for the new section without showing us samples, saying he came as close as he could to matching the old shingles.  Gutsy move on his part which will hopefully work out okay.

Ice on ice
Ice on ice

That’s all the news from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch for now.  Thanks for dropping in, and having a look at the renovations.  The blue skies you see in the photos don’t exist today.  Just gray cloud cover, and a scattering of snowflakes.  No point in going out to watch the sunset this evening, so let’s just have a seat by the fire and enjoy the warmth.

Today's view of Back Creek
Today’s view of Back Creek

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

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Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

34 thoughts on “Progress on the Wabi-Sabi Ranch

    1. It is, Mike. I thought so when we bought the place, lost of sight of that for a while with all the chaos and work, but I am beginning to see the charm again. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Kathy. 🙂 I had a look at the new shingles this morning, and I think they’ll be okay since there is no way to match the old. Time will take care of blending things in, I hope.

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  1. It is a treat watching your progress as my wife and I are doing most of our own work to an old farm house. The progress feels very much an ebb and flo of slow then sudden noticeable changes as you suggest with your sun-room.
    Your blog is a joy…

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    1. Thank you so much, Creative Soul. 🙂 Progress suddenly sounds better the way you’ve described it as an ebb and flow. Good luck with your old farm house. It’s a wonderful thing, watching something be transformed with love and care and hard work.

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  2. Robin, what a delight to see what’s happening on the Ranch. Imagining you sitting in that addition to the sun room. My parents put on a sun room in the past couple of years and love it beyond anything they imagined.

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    1. I think so too, Karma, although I suspect it won’t get a lot of use in the summer months since there will be no air conditioning out there. It is the opposite of the sun porch we had in the Bogs which didn’t get much use in the winter because there was no heat.

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    1. This is the first time I’ve watched something this extensive be built from the ground up, Bearyweather, and I find it fascinating. The sun room is at the opposite end of the house, catty-corner to the kitchen. It will be close to the garden and the woodland trail that goes out to the dock.

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    1. Thank you, Michaela. 🙂 I had my first look at the shingles this morning. They are different from the originals, but do pick up the gray in the original shingles. I think with time and sunlight, they’ll eventually all blend together. That’s my hope, at least. Since they couldn’t be matched, maybe it’s better that they’re different.

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    1. I’ve been asking myself the same question, Rosie. John seems to be tireless and oblivious to the temperature. He doesn’t have an ounce of spare fat on him to keep him warm. I’ve never seen anyone work so hard, and with such joy in what he does. We couldn’t have picked a better person for the job. 🙂

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