The timbers arrived today!! and We are raising the timbers on the winery this friday!! -- It's really happening... I've been a little behind in posting the progress - goatio just nagged me this evening so get all those shots of her stellar project management up ...
We are doing an open farm day on timber raising day if you want to come out and see the timbers go up and then the evening will be a potluck BBQ - brian will cook up some ribs or something fun and we'll have plenty of libation... we'll start that around 6pm...
goatio doing the final steel and plumbing inspections...
and the foundation finally got poured last wednsday !!
she was pleased with the finish ...
she did notice this morning that someone forgot to put on the sill plate... so in my words we had a bit of a 'goat rodeo' today to get the right materials out to the site to get that put in to keep things on track for this friday... brian and I had to take a break from the office and rip some lumber... kind of nice to get out side but maybe not the best use of our time ... ahh well all in the name of gettin' er done...
some other things other than construction going on around the farm ...
thanks to some amazing friends we got 32 ton of hay in the loft of the new barn!!
I snuck in an evening ride with my friend Susan on a grain run to her farm!!
Brian and I went out to check on Wirtz and the fruit set looks great and so do the vines - the winemaker was happy - it was a good end to a wacky day!!!
and last but not least this is Larry our third baby cow of the season : )
Today we poured the stem walls!!! Larry's crew will pull forms tomorrow and start laying out all the lines for the slab looking to pour that by early next week and then the timbers... we were hoping for a raising on the 4th but looks like at this point the july 10 - 11th... there will be a big announcement - I promise !! things are going really well !! Every one is working hard and getting creative to build something beautiful on a tight budget... I hooked up the horses to make the work area for the timber framers as smooth as we could and Larry decided to try his hand at workin' the team.. turns out this guy really can do anything : ) of course goatio continues to supervise the entire project and is doing an excellent job as job foreman !
also in farm news a shot out to my friend sarah who helped me to gather up the bull again this year -- this is the third year in a row she has helped me pen up the bull (and castrate calves) ... in the words of a certain cowboy we rounded him up with a butterfly net : ) thanks sarah you ARE the ultimate cowgirl!!! now charlie is safely in the barn he'll have to have a little time out from the ladies till august when he can go back to his job of gettin' his game on... : )
We are actually building a winery ... we've passed two foundation inspections now - Footings are poured and now the stem wall is getting poured this tuesday!! The big timbers should be coming from storage where they have been carefully stored over to the site in the next week!! and the sips will start to get cut to size!! As soon as I have a sense of when the timber raising will happen - I'll post all the big news here!! -- we are shooting for the first week in july!! but more info as this next week unfolds!! Goatio is doing a great job keeping everyone in line and is pleased with the progress
Amid the project I took a sales trip to seattle as well as have been finding time with my girlfriends for some rides : ) very necessary these days!
the babies are doing well and we are still waiting on the last three!! : )
Things on the farm are pretty nice right now - Picked a boatload of strawberries with my sweetie last night at a friends farm!! it was VERY nice evening - the cows are imminently pregnant - and we are busy as ever with visitors but selling lots of wine - which is GREAT!!
and I'm MAKING time to paint!!
I also flew to Pasadena for a winemaker dinner which was VERY nice got to see some family too! : )
... truth be told the best part was come home and ride my horses !!
12" x 12"
note machete on my saddle for brush clearing... : )
The memorial day wine weekend was a huge success!! Thank you to all that came out and took big table farm wine home to your tables!!! It was an amazing weekend and we feel deeply grateful and a little tired... : ) thanks also to all you that came out and helped wash glasses and run credit cards and pack wine : )
unrelated - I dug up these beautiful photos that a wonderful photographer took last summer for a magazine article -- and I wanted to share them... http://www.browncannon3.com/