As the studio/greenhouse construction continues I can see that some of the neighbors are curious about what is going on here. What may not be clear from my photos and descriptions is that our house sits very far back on our lot, the stream runs in front of the house, and the studio is being built between the stream and the road, so fully visible from the street. In fact we think it will make our house even more secluded to have the studio where it is. I notice cars slowing down and drivers looking things over as they drive by. A couple of neighbors out walking have stopped to ask what we are building. This morning another neighbor came by and introduced herself and inquired about the construction. I was really happy to meet her. I drive past her house frequently. It is another, like ours, of the old, original houses on the road. It sits far back from the road with a huge green lawn and gorgeous trees and gardens. They have lived there for more than 30 years. She was able to tell us a bit about our house and former residents, including a wood carver of some note, who died tragically, quite young. She seemed pleased and supportive of the studio addition to the neighborhood. I think I will enjoy knowing her.
Ray had left a little earlier for work, but as he headed out he said, "why don't you see if you can get the grandchildren to put some hand prints in the concrete before it hardens." On my way back from walking I picked up the kids and my son-in-law and we did our best to immortalize the moment in concrete. It was setting so fast that the hand prints were really hard to impress and don't go very deep, but I think they will show. I added their names and the date.