Third Week in November

Living Room getting painted and getting floors-

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Living Room and Dining Room mantles going inFullSizeRender_2 FullSizeRender_3

Wallpapers in-this is the Master Bath,hallway and powder room on first floor.

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Granites,soapstones for counters arrived-and toilets!FullSizeRender_3 FullSizeRender

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Front staircase is finished.Handrail is cherry and will be linseed  oiled.

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Outside also really coming together-we are even starting to get grass from hydroseeding.

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Party At Woodstone!

Yesterday we had a party for all who have worked on our house and barn for the last two years..quite a crew.

We had Christie Leigh Bellany come sing and had Redbones cater with ribs,chicken,beef,cole slaw,mac and cheese,baked beans. Bill had a slide show of about 500 pictures from the very beginning until now. I think about 100 people came and went-we had a perfect 70 degree day for it,which was amazing for the end of October in Massachusetts.

Bill spoke about how wonderful the architects Jen Hart and Jen Lyford from Hart Associates have been to work with,and also the landscape architect, Lili Morss. Without Dave Jenkinson of Jenkinson Homes we would not be proceeding so well-he is amazing at organizing it all. Andre LeBlanc gets major credit for taking on the barn project in the winter last year and doing such a great job.

5 weeks to go on the house, barn is finished!

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Late October at Woodstone

Lots going on with the exterior-front path in brick going in:FullSizeRender copy 4

Finishing up stone walls and landscaping for nowFullSizeRender copy 3

Getting ready to put in back patio in bluestoneFullSizeRender_1 copy 3

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Barn is finished!

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Columns for all porches on house arrivedFullSizeRender_3 copyFullSizeRender copy 2

Sign Bill had made is mounted on housePB TD BH GO SHC-2

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Family Room window unpainted

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Most of all we love being out here-the views especially right now-are incredible!

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Mid-October at Woodstone

Landscaping going on-planting trees and shrubs,grass seed going in-trucks are everywhere!

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Bluestone arrived yesterday for front porch,  back and side patios.

 

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Dave’s trailer now about to leave as he can work in the basement now-all wall boarded.

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My husband had this sign made for the east side of the house. The five stars are for each of our children.

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The screened porch has floor boards now-about to be painted in Ben Moore Platinum Gray.

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The barn is basically finished!

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Millwork is being partially stored in the kitchen. They are now putting in millwork on the first floor.

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The cedar closet is finished and the banister and railings on the third floor.

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Late September and the Tree Delivery!

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In addition, in the house-3rd floor is finished-cabinetry and floors in,walls painted. 2nd floor millwork is going in,painters are right behind them. Floors going in next week or two.1st floor is next! All bathrooms tiled and in process of being grouted. Barn office is beautiful and all finished. They are finishing up the shingles on the outside of barn and clapboard on house.

Pictures soon- we are getting there!

Woodstone in Early July

Lots going on all of a sudden! Stone fireplace on screened porch is finished-complete with a piece of the barn wood as the mantle…stone wall going up in front of the house…lots of trim going on house…then the clapboards start going on….barn roof shingles going on….columns to go on porches have started to arrive….

On the inside of the house, wallboards and plaster…starting to look like real rooms now. A workman made the smiley face-I have to agree!

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Santa Barbara, California

 

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Whether you enjoy hiking, fine-dining, water sports, lazing on the beach, culture, or a great night-life, Santa Barbara has something for you. We certainly went from the very sublime at the Botanic Garden to the crazy but wonderful Summer Solstice Parade!

Santa Barbara is sometimes referred to as the American Riviera. Its beautiful beaches, majestic mountains, and colorful culture make Santa Barbara a premier location.

Santa Barbara is a 2-hour drive north from Los Angeles or a short hop from any corner of the world via the Santa Barbara airport. Santa Barbara’s harbor is home to the world famous Stearns Wharf, a great destination for the entire family. Visiting the zoological gardens makes for a great family day-trip.

 

With sweeping views to the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Santa Barbara Channel Islands and stunning landscapes, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a great place to explore California’s native plant diversity.The Garden’s 78 acres encompass a variety of cultivated displays as well as stands of natural coast live oak and riparian woodlands. We saw redwoods,woodpeckers,beautiful plants and views from almost every corner.

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The next day we went to the Summer Solstice Parade. What a riot!

Summer Solstice Parade began in 1974, as a birthday celebration for a popular artist and mime named Michael Gonzales. In subsequent years, their parade joined forces with a Summer Solstice Music Festival coordinated by Michael Felcher, sponsored by The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, staged at the Sunken Gardens to celebrate the longest day of year.

The Parade and Festival is the largest arts event in Santa Barbara County, drawing crowds of over 100,000 spectators from around the world.

The Summer Solstice Celebration has evolved into creative and original display of floats, giant puppets, whimsical costumes and masks of more than 1,000 parade participants. There is dancing, music, drumming and drama that is fascinating to watch!

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