Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Rock it, Roof it, Seal it!!

Rock. Done.
Roof. Done.
Insulation, Done.
Next... sheetrock on Monday.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Late October Details

On Saturday, the Icynene spray foam insulation was largely completed for the first floor. Jim is working on the security wiring for the windows and doors. How is it that we managed to get a perfect color match among the brick, roof tiles, and autumn grass? Even the newest cocker spaniel rescue, Dottie, coordinates.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Rock done, roof next.

Rock on the main house AND now the pump house is complete. Fantastic! Next insulation and sheet rock are to be done. We are rounding third plate now. Woo Hoo. We have a large amount of rock waste that we'll use for other projects around the property at a later time. Stanley will be coming on Tuesday to that.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Bella Italia

Another look at the places and people that have made our dream a reality. Again, much of this was from our trip in November of 2006.

Rocking finishing up... maybe this week?

Rock guys have been busy... almost finished up on the house and starting the pumphouse.
We had an annonmous visitor give us their thoughts on the house. Don't know who it was.
Nice comment through.

Market research.

Back in November of last year was our last trip to Italy to collect ideas for our home. We stayed in a convent in Orvieto, where we found that even Peggy towered over the Mother Superior! Peggy's a GIANT! A quick trip day trip to Capri from Sorrento. And Michelangelo and Silvia's wine cellar in their house at their 300 year old farm house in Figline Valdarno. Figline is just about 18 clicks (klm) South of Florence.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Be it every so humble...

Oh, how I miss my 10x optical zoom. Jim's digital camcorder takes stills that claim to be 12x optical, but I ain't buying it. These photos are tons more grainer than those taken by my (now defunct) camera.

Oh well... here are some Sunday afternoon shots. They'll start the masonry on the pumphouse this week, so it will look completely different going forward. Lisa, one of the rescue cockers, is sparkling on the western portico.

Saturday, October 6, 2007


Photos taken in 2005 and 2006 during our visits to Bella Italia. From upper left - Mic e Sylvia con Olivero e Isotta; leone da Farfa in Sabina; Jim della tre fontane; il poggio cotto; pavimenti; pianta; Sannini di Imprunetta; terracotta di Imprunetta; casetta per le lettere.
(jim's note) We researched and collected items since 1999 when we purchased the land, knowing that we would be building our Tuscan farmhouse some day. In our travels, our Italian family friends, Michelangelo and Silvia even helped us in naming our house. Il Poggio Secco. (The Dry Hill) It's been a real fun journey along the way. Soon we will see the fruits of our collecting and sacrificing come full circle. The goal is to be in the house before Christmas. Woo Hoo!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

We've Got Mail

We bought the iron mailbox in a little hardware store in Figlene Valdarno. We have another one for the pumphouse that we picked up at a statuary place on the Adriatic coast...I forget the name of the town, but I could tell you if I looked at a map. It was south of Ravenna. The wires come in pretty colors; but are better appreciated once they are safely tucked away behind the drywall, methinks.

Did I say how pleased we are with the work the masons are doing? Take a look for yourself. The stucco color is Sto "Canvas". 70% reflectivity. An important consideration here in Texas. Nice, though, don't you think?