Monday, August 17, 2009

Concrete counter top

...A look at the finished counter top in the kitchen....

Individual Flower shots in July, VI

Above: Panicum, an ornamental grass; Below: Gaillardia, or Blanket Flower

Above and below: Sunchokes (Jerusalem Artichokes), a member of the sunflower family, which can be used as a cut flower, and then the roots can be dug up to eat.
Below: Four O'Clocks, or Marvel of Peru.

Individual Flower shots in July, V

....These are all shots of flowers in a California Wildflower seed mix I bought from Peaceful Valley Farm Supply a few years ago. I love the variety. The only one whose name I know is the yellow one below, which is called "Tidy Tips".

Individual Flower shots in July, IV

Above: Plains Coreopsis; below: Clarkia

Above: Ornamental Yarrow; below: more Clarkia
Below: Echinacea Purpurea

Individual Flower shots in July, III

Above: Delphinium; Below: Poppy

Above: Orange Prince, a daisy; Below: Penstemon, "Huskers Red"
Below: Calendula

Individual Flower shots in July, II

Above: another shade of Godetia in the grace series; below, one of the sunflowers I grew last year, which went to seed and bloomed again this year.

Above: Snapdragon, part of the Rocket mix; Below: Shungiku Chrysanthemum (also used in cooking for its leaves)
Below: Cleome

Individual Flower shots in July

Above: an Oriental Lily; below: Burgundy Amaranth

Above: Tobacco; can't remember which variety (I'm growing five heirloom varieties of this). I'm growing this to see if they're usable as cut flowers, and I'm also curing some of the leaves to see what it's like to smoke tobacco without the 6,000 chemicals the cigarette companies put in.
Above: an amaranth called Autumn's pallet; Below: Godetia, the grace series.

Cobbers field trip -- Ted's cob house, interior II

Above: another look at Becky B's bench. Below: the bathtub/bathroom.

Cobbers field trip -- Ted's cob house, interior I

Above: cob bench built by "Becky B", one of the more famous cob builders in the area and author of a book on building with cob.

Above: wall above the bedroom. None of the interior walls in the house go all the way up to the ceiling, but they separate the space into bathroom, bedroom, kitchen and living room. Below: Ted explaining some of the features of the house.

Cobbers field trip -- Ted's cob house, exterior

...We visited an older gentleman named Ted (whose last name escapes me at the moment), who lives in Williams and built himself a beautiful little cob house there, with help from others.

Cobbers field trip -- a cob house II

..more pix of this awesome house...