December 28, 2012

Winter is definitely here

After a great day celebrating the holiday with family in the city, we made our way up to the cabin for some quiet time. 

First, I had to do my chores (therapy). This pile will be the beginning of a new cord, which will season for two years behind the shop. Under the roof is what we are burning this year.  The wood in the background is for next year.

Then it snowed five inches. Doesn't this make you feel cold? 

Showing off the new window. We are enjoying the strange light that snow makes.

 Cardinal and a nearly imperceptible approaching bird.
 Can you find him?

Finn hunting.  Could be a mouse.  Could be turkey poop.

December 16, 2012

Christmas gift that kills

When I was in high school I was quite proficient with one of these. She's not a bad shot either, as my brother taught her at summer camp.  I have always wanted to get one in my hands again and really make myself an expert. Well, thanks to her, I've got this beauty. It's a traditional one-piece recurve bow made of walnut and maple.  The limbs are covered with clear fiberglass (not traditional, but awesome).

Now we have more than one fearsome predator in the household.

December 11, 2012


Thanks for visiting!

December 2, 2012

First snow

The first snow was a light dusting. Beautiful anyway.

Wildlife in the Catskills.

November 18, 2012

A nice hike

Not many people are hiking the less popular trails this time of year.  We hiked up to the ruins of the the Kaaterskill Hotel, which burnt down in 1924.

On the way up Kaaterskill Clove we found this eye in the rock.

No one but us up there. This is South Lake, the beginning of our hike.

Finn is wearing his "I'm not a frickin' deer" vest, as it is hunting season.

 He is a scout.  He walks, or runs, about 30-40 feet ahead of us, always checking back with us.

At the hotel ruins, we found a giant, deep well.

A perfect spot for a picnic.

It was a long hike and we are tired.

By the way, if you ever want to hike to mountain house ruins, the Overlook Mountain House, is among  the most rewarding. It is two peaks south of the Kaaterskill Hotel ruins. Also, you can stay at the only remaining mountain house and experience the incredible luxury these hotels provided over a century ago. It's Mohonk Mountain House.

November 12, 2012

Old fence

Well, they say this all used to be farmland.  Today Finn found more evidence.  We've found a rusted bucket, oil can spout, a few hand tools, a rusted shovel head, and now this:

He was running through the woods, tripped and stopped short.  He wasn't stuck, and didn't get hurt, but was quite perplexed. When I caught up with him, he was sniffing a small section of this fence that was protruding from years of dirt and growth. I pulled it and the fence revealed itself for about twenty feet in both directions.  Another pull unearthed more.  Here is a pile of it.

Here is an artsy picture of part of the pile.

Here is some of it cut up and piled in a wheel barrow.

Other things happened at the cabin this weekend, like rest and relaxation mixed with a bit of leaf raking, but the fence gets your attention.

November 7, 2012

Composting and driving

After Hurricane Sandy we drove up to the cabin to find not a leaf out of place, thank goodness.

It's the beginning of a big composting bin, not a jail.  Or it's a jail for leaves and organic stuff.

The Jeep is officially middle-aged.

Driving on the Taconic State Parkway in our middled-aged Jeep. 

October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

We hope that Sandy (heh, heh) takes it easy on this part of the woods!

October 23, 2012

This is our favorite time of year. Cool, dry air.  Leaves changing.  Leaves falling.

Can you spot the three deer?

Finn at the window.  He wants the deer badly.

October 16, 2012

They finally made it!

We had a great visit from his parents.  It was two days of catching up, relaxing, card playing, yard sale-ing, and bbq-ing.  We are so happy to have this time with them at the cabin.  Although we wish other family could have been there too, it was great to not have to share their attention with anyone.

Any resemblance?

The hustler on the left beat us at pretty much any card game we tried.

October 9, 2012

Autumn puttering

Finn likes to lay in the newly fallen leaves.

Here he uses his nose to take in Autumn. He's been practicing zen lately.

Settings on the camera are wrong, but I still like the light here at the pond.

Sometimes I see clearly why we bought this place.

Sloppy stone work. I guess we'll fix it.

She took her sister's drapes and made a table cloth and seat cushions.

He puts the final touches of stain on this little roof on the back. Now it's all done!

Oktoberfest, etc.

Oktoberfest at Hunter Mountain was great fun again this year.  Friendly people, bratwurst, and Spaten to our hearts' content. The German pride up there is strong during this month.

Then we had friends over for the weekend for some pre-Halloween fun.  Here Mark has industrialized marshmallow roasting.

Sarah is still learning that you have to put the marshmallow close to the fire. Jess is about to try her surfcasting technique.

Doesn't she look toasty?

It's hard to take photos in the dark whilst drinking. Katie, we are glad you came up!

She totally fits in in Woodstock, but it's really Saugerties on her mind.

 Over achievers carving pumpkins.

We had a pumpkin carving competition with absolutely nothing at stake. From left to right the artists were Sarah, Herself, Jess/Mark, and JD.

Pretty and yet scary.