Green Mont, Chapter 6, May 23 – July 15, 2017, The Reunion

Wrapping up.  Seven weeks to go.

As the new metal roof started going on the Barn, we moved the wood shop into the Dairy Barn. Michael focused on assembling the windows for the house. Jordon had minor surgery and was put on light duty; painting. Harry and I were working on glazing (I think we glazed over 400 panes in all). I was also starting on the columns. We brought on another carpenter named Thom (while Jordon was out of commission). Thom rebuilt the front door frame and then moved on to trimming out the porch deck and steps.

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59.  The front door transom, sill and sidelights   May 23, 2017
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60.  One of the house windows ready to go   June 16, 2017
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61.  One of the original column shafts, repaired with epoxy   June 23, 2017
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62. Column no. 2 assembled and ready for transport to the porch. (the bases dates from the 1988 reconstruction effort; the caps (“echini”) had been recently turned by Ken Garrett, a friend and neighbor of many talents)   June 23, 2017
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63. The columns going into place  June 23, 2017
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64. A pre-reunion test photo; trying out the porch     Michael, Jordon, Henry and Harry    June 23, 2017

So, with 3 weeks left to the reunion, we had most of the porch ready, and the windows and part of the front door were installed.

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58. Harry on top of the world  June 26, 2017

I had been back to the Building Department and answered all the questions. As it turns out, the permit that they had initially issued, for an Accessory Structure, was flawed because there was no Principal Structure on the property to be “accessory” to. It actually ended up working out well for all concerned that I wanted to turn the shed into a house. They even let me keep it unfinished with no heat.

The drain field and the Health Department turned out to be a bit of a problem, but on July 7th we finally got our amended building permit. I had been hoping to have all the walls up before the Reunion. We did manage to get the floor deck of the addition finished. We located a tent on it for the reunion.

The pressure was becoming a bit infectious. Michael and Jordon even worked on a weekend. After Scott Johnston had finished his tree work for the day, he asked if we wanted some help with the framing and joined in.

With that same one week to go, the masons arrived to start laying up the walls of the new barn ramp. We were cutting it close.

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66.  stocking the masons: one week to go  July 7, 2017
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67. preparing to start forming the new barn sill   July 9, 2017
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68. The addition deck framed  July 9, 2017
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69.  Five days to go     July 9, 2017
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70. the new ramp: Four days to go     July 10, 2017
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71. Three days to go; no front door or interior walls in the Hall; stair treads still not installed     July 11, 2017

The last day

Family members started coming in on Thursday night before the Reunion and were all on hand on Friday along with the considerable contribution of Andrea and the “Kinloch” crew (Jay and Adam in particular) to help pull it all together.

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122.  Jane and Robin assembling the hoop   July 14, 2017
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103.  The barn ramp just graded (hours before) and a giant rain looming. We’re trying to fasten down a tarp as the rain starts to fall  4:00PM July 14, 2017
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123. Margaux and Drew and others cleaning the barn like wild people  5:00PM July 14, 2017


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124. Green Mont, as ready as it was going to get; carriage lights on for the first time in many (40?) years. The iron bench traveled from LA to make the reunion.  6:00PM  July 14, 2017  Zero hour

Robin Brundage told me afterwards that when he saw the place that Friday morning, he thought there was no way it could be ready in time, but we all pulled together.  A massive effort on everyone’s part.

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125. Dinner at Roberta and Sandy’s “Barn”  8:00PM  July 14, 2017

The Reunion

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88.  The morning of the reunion; Roberta’s beautiful sign   July 15, 2017
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74.  The Pond as viewed from the bridge   July 15, 2017
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72.  The morning of the reunion  July 15, 2017
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90. William pointing out his place on the family tree to Joe and Owen     July 15, 2017
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93.  A gaggle of Flemings and friends   July 15, 2017
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92.  all the Flemings under 40 (+1)   July 15, 2017  (Those carriage lamps are actually from Homewood. I don’t know what happened to the Green Mont lamps)
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94. The Barn, with its new ramp and threshold   July 15, 2017
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127. Uncles, cousins, brothers and caramel cake  July 15, 2017

With all the inviting that I did to get people to play music at the reunion, there was at least a little bit after the cake on Saturday night. To my knowledge, this was the first time music was played in the barn; certainly the first time that I ever did. July 15, 2017

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Harry, me and Lance Albaugh’s left hand. Standing behind me, my sweetheart talking with my second wife (Harry’s mom).


3 thoughts on “Green Mont, Chapter 6, May 23 – July 15, 2017, The Reunion

  1. i wandered onto your blog from a Fauquier web page that posted one of your entries. I am intrigued by all the stories, and wondered if there is an index or listing of all the entries, and if there is a family tree anywhere? thanks marshamelk at hotmail com if that is easier


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