Sunday, September 29, 2013

project: porch awning - updated ... again

A new porch awning on the Sky Castle porch made from recycled metal roofing.   Added a futon with an all weather cover and a steel fireplace/grill.

The fall sunsets will be spectacular from here.  Oh, the view!  

UPDATE:  I stained the beams and added a sunshade.  Now it's a 'sleeping porch'.
(see below)

Second Update:  I added a large field stone under the fireplace, a full width color matching shade, a table/wood bin, and a 90º elbow on the stove to divert smoke away and keep water out.  I slept out here twice this weekend.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Livin' in the trees

On my sacred tree... Tibetan prayer flags and friendly plants.  
My deck in Sewanee over looking the quiet wilderness of Champion and Lost Coves.
Gorgeous weather... dry and cool nights, warm but not hot days.

Riding, racing, loving nature

After my morning race in Chattanooga, I took an awesome ride at Jackson Point.

This is a point on the Cumberland Plateau that has been cleared for development unfortunately, but like Myers Point, has not sold.  In one week they are selling 230 acres of this spectacular land in an absolute auction.

At the end of the point, there is pinnacle where there is a 360º view with Sweeton Cove on one side, I24 and the TN River on the other side.  From there,  I watched the sunset.

The new road down to Sweeton Cove is amazing, it drops 800' down into the beautiful Sweeton Cove community.   What a ride.  It an off road cyclists dream... lots of flower lined trails through the woods, all fairly close to my house.

And I get to come back to an even better view... without the distant noise of the highway.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Return to the stage

Nice to be back on stage. The audience was very appreciative. I played Bach, a Handel Suite, lute music, Brazilian and Spanish.   For a kick I ended with Hudson's 'Delta' and Jerry Reed's 'Jerry's Breakdown'.    Standing O ... and I then played Lauro's 'El Maribino' for an encore.     It went pretty well and the Traphagen spruce guitar was loud, clear and colorful.

 Apprehensive about the trigger thumb release surgery on Tues, but it's supposed to be routine. Looking forward to playing more concerts soon.