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An exquisite nest

We went to an event last Friday put together by Angela Bacskocky. It combined fashion and art and music and shoes. Lots of shoes. The theme was nesting. The women wore Angela's clothes of satin and leather and feathers, their…

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Added by John Duke on May 1, 2012 at 12:17am — No Comments

Small places

Every day, it seems, there is more to see in the cabin. Mike has been helping with painting and other things, while Mr. Seals works on framing the windows and doors and on finishing, bringing definition to each small space. He has a base coat of clay on the walls. They are white now, so we have to squint to see their future color. Pale blue paint is going on in the den and russet brown added to the trim on the fireplace…

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Added by John Duke on February 17, 2012 at 10:39pm — No Comments

She's a Rainbow

There are colors everywhere, just like a rainbow. Or there will be soon.



The back of the cabin does not have as many logs as the front, so we needed to decide what to do with the wallboard. We looked at hundreds of different chips from different manufacturers and various color books, until…

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Added by John Duke on January 31, 2012 at 1:26am — No Comments

Fire and Water

The cabin has been bustling with activity. In rapid succession, the gas was hooked up to theGE Cafe stove in the kitchen and water was run to the …

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Added by John Duke on January 26, 2012 at 12:57am — 2 Comments

For everything

For each new morning with its light

Mr. Seals called us on Saturday morning, asking us to meet him at the cabin. With the shortened days, it is harder to take a look at things in good light during the week, so were happy to oblige.

 

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Added by John Duke on November 24, 2011 at 1:36am — 2 Comments

The zombies walked

I told Linda, who has worked for years in the office of our insurance agent, that sometimes it seems like we are handing out our credit card like it is Halloween candy to pay for the renovations. She murmured words of sympathy as she informed that she would do what she could, but that the underwriter was canceling…

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Added by John Duke on October 31, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Turn to face the sun

Last weekend I was working in the back near the bottom of the slope, trimming back my piles of bamboo to reduce their size and stacking them so they will decompose more quickly. The sun can still be very hot in Richmond at this…

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Added by John Duke on October 22, 2011 at 12:20pm — No Comments

The zombies walked

I told Linda, who has worked for years in the office of our insurance agent, that sometimes it seems like we are handing out our credit card like it is Halloween candy to pay for the renovations. She murmured words of sympathy as she informed that she would do what she could, but that the underwriter was canceling…

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Added by John Duke on October 1, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Cabinet meeting

"No matter what time it is, wake me, even if it's in the middle of a Cabinet meeting." This may be the only thing Ronald Reagan said that Mr. Seals and I will ever agree on.

 

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Added by John Duke on March 6, 2011 at 11:44pm — No Comments

Claymation

We have finally reached the point where the clay is being spread on the walls. The product from American Clay is a lovely shade of earthy green, with deep textured swirls. Fred has been tutoring Mr. Seals on how to apply it. Mr. Seals says his wife Robin wants him to re-paint…

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Added by John Duke on February 26, 2011 at 10:14pm — No Comments

Art in windows, music in bamboo

Music and art are keeping my thoughts elevated this weekend. Maybe I was inspired when I looked up to see the hawk perched high in a tree at the cabin Thursday morning. No matter. The theme developed on Friday when Darien and I attended the opening of a major Picasso…

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Added by John Duke on February 21, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

The true measure

My father was fond of the truism that one should always measure twice and cut once. He is probably shaking his head at this very moment.

 

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Added by John Duke on February 4, 2011 at 12:43am — No Comments

Balmy forecast



Now Spring restores the balmy heat, now Zephyr's sweet breezes calm the rage of the equinoctial sky.

Poem 46, Catullus (Roman poet)
I just wanted to let you know it is a balmy 64 degrees in the cabin with the thermostat set at 62.

Phone message, Mr. Seals…
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Added by John Duke on January 24, 2011 at 11:16pm — No Comments

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