Saturday, November 1, 2008

The Cupola Raising

Hi everybody! It's me, Mitch! Mom and I went to a cupola raising this morning! It was in Northford on the same street that we live on! Maggie had already walked 2 miles and mom decided that she needed a rest at home, so we gave her a nice big cookie, kissed her good-by and headed up the street! Sorry the picture is kinda blurry but I was in a big hurry to get there! I'm always in a big hurry!Dad was already there when we got there! My dad and mom built this cupola months ago and today is the day that it finally is getting raised in place by a big crane! You can see in this picture how large these cupolas are! Once they get up on the roof they look so much smaller! This extra wood that isn't painted is rigging so the crane will have no problem lifting it!This is the weathervane that's on the top. It's an indian!

This video shows the cupola leaving the ground and going up, up, up to land right on that roof! The crane makes it look so easy!

This is the cupola sitting on the roof! Those men that are up there will be bolting it down and securing it permanently so it won't move and it won't leak! The rigging will be taken off and it'll be a work of art for everyone to see when they drive down our street forever!Yesteday dad spent the day making chicken soup and sausage and peppers to serve to anyone who joined us here today so mom and I are off to head home and heat the soup and wait for the troops to arrive back in our barn! What a neat morning we had!

So until next time................

Yer friend,



The Army of Four said...

That's beautiful! I love how your mom and dad are keeping traditional American craftsmanship alive!
Tail wags,

Isis said...

How cool! thanks so much for sharing that with us!

Joe Stains said...

How totally cool! We would never be able to see something like that out here, thanks for sharing it. That crane operator sure did a great job!

Two Schnauzers from New England said...

Hi, Maggie and Mitch -

The video and pictures are pawsome. Mama used to have a cupola in the apartment house where she used to live. It was over the living room and you had to climb a rope ladder to see the view.

Hope you are enjoying the weekend.

Love -

Hershey and Kaci

Jackson's J1 and J2 said...

That's pawsome, Mitch! Glad you had such a fun time. J x

Gus said...

Oh Wow...muzzer says she held her breath til it got up on the roof, but I don't think so .. I heard her suck in air a couple of times. (she's a bit afraid of heights, ya know)

What a cool thing you and Mag and your Mom and Dad are part of. Thank you for sharing.


Archie and Melissa said...

hi mitch and maggie
oh what fun!
what a wonderful morning you had! thank you for sharing all of your photos!
m & e

The Black and Tans. said...

Your Mum and Dad are so clever Mitch. The cupola looks great.

Molly and Taffy

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

I can't believe Mumsie...she had NO IDEA what a cupola was and she couldn't for the life of her figure out what ya needed a crane for...(she thought it was supposed to just stand like that on the ground....what the heck...she probably thought people were supposed to come and drink cupolas of tea inside it...what, Mumsie? You did? Sheesh...see what we have to live with?)

Oh my...that was amazin' seein' it fly up to the top of that barn...and the weathervane is soooo cool!! there any chicken soup and sausage left? We're hungry and cold!!!


Sunny,Scooter, (sometimes Jamie) said...

That is sooo neat. Mom remembers seeing those on old barns when she lived in Massachusetts. It is indeed quite an artform. Thanks for sharing the video.
pee ess Petra pot pie won!!

Mack said...

Your mom and dad are totally pawsomely talented!

We have never heard of a cupola before. It is beautiful.

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

That is so awesome. Dad certainly has a wonderful time doing that. It is just beautiful..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Charlie Daniels said...

Now I know what a cupola is! :-)

What a great day ... and food too!



Lacy said...

w00f's maggie and Mitch, how cool!! u pups iz always doing sumthing fun..mama wanted me to ask ur pawents iffin they ever watch a show on HGTV, called "haulin house". she says its a cool show, but hmm me not think it iz, its not goted dogs in it...

b safe,

Bogart H. Devil said...

Very very cool... and I learned something by watching you!


Dewey Dewster said...

Somethin' tells me that Gram 'n Pap shoulda consulted with yer Dad n Mom ta ask what kinda porch roof would look great on our cottage. We were up there this week ta put one over the front deck but the power went out after a huge wet snow storm 'n broken trees 'n power fer 3 days 'n we came home on day 2....Our cottage has a gambrel roof with a dormer in front 'n back and we're goin' back again after the election ta work on that roof....the wood is all there just waitin'....but yer Ps are just super at that stuff....we coulda asked anyway fer an the cupola......ya just do the best work....congratulations on another job well done.....we're sure Maggie 'n Mitch had a lot of input ta make the job so perfect...

Dewey Dewster here....

Rudy said...

That is impressive! Mom can't even get a small cupola made for her garage roof.. your P's did an awesome job! We even have a great weathervane for one -- a Bedlington of course!


Hollie and Janie said...

that was just amazing, mitch! thank you for sharing your day with us! your parents are soooo talented!!
love, janie

Moco said...

Thanks for showing that to us. Your mom and dad are very talented to have built that cupola. We all enjoyed watching it be put on the barn. (I think it was a barn).
We wish we were there to share that good sounding soup with you.
I bet Maggie had is simmering by the time you got back.

Lorenza said...

Hi, Mitch!
Sure you had a pawesome time looking the cupola raising.
It is very interesting.
I hope evereyone enojoyed that yummy soup!
Kisses and hugs

Princess Patches said...

Your pawrents are soooooo talented, Mitch! And what a cool sight to see any time you travel down that road! We hope you got some soup and sausages!

Poppy, Penny & Patches

Georgeous said...

Hi Mitch, I've never seen a cupola before. Sausage sounds good, but so did Maggies cookie.
Snuffs George

The Musketeers said...

Look at the header ! Maggie & Mitch with the M&Ms ! How cute ? BOL !

Love ,
Three Musketeers

Chef said...

We also didn't know what a cupola was ... it's so quaint and well-made. Congratulations on a great job! It must have been wonderful to participate in making and raising a beautiful piece of architecturelike that.


BrandytheGreat said...

Woh, we too didint know what a cupola was? But, u sure had fun! Btw, nice header!


Woof Mitch,

Shhhhh, we're being quiet in case Maggie is sleeping. That was a pawsome video. You pups always have the best time. We just love reading about them. Mom thinks that you should write a book and include all of the photos and stories from your adventures.

Desert Pups

Sophie Brador said...

M & M, That is so cool. You guys do some really great community things. I'm glad you discovered some Quebecois delicacies. Mom says poutine is really just junk food, but boy are those melty cheese curds yummy!


the many Bs said...

hi M&M, that is a really cool video to see that cupola being put up. it is really pretty. your mom and dad did a really good job of building it.


Petra said...

When I heard that noisy crane, I ran from the room, Mitch!

You guys have such exciting adventures! That cupola is totally cool. Your dad AND MOM built it? My mom especially loves it!

T-man's mom said...

That's quite an interesting street you live on, Maggie & Mitch!! We don't have any barns with cupolas where we live.

That's really quite a feat getting that cupola up on that roof. That was nice of your dad to make soup and sausages for everyone. I hope you got to taste some of the goodies since you were at the event!!

T-man's mom, CC-man and T-man Angel

Kirby said...


The cupola is super cool. Your Mom and Dad do great work! How nice it will be to go down the road and see something they worked on everyday!! I sure hope Maggie enjoyed her cookie!

Your pal,

The 3 G-Dales said...

An army of doggies and hoomans can do ANYTHING! How fun.....just one come there isn't a dale on the top of the cupola? I rather think that maybe oneo f your profiles would have been a nice addition!

Nonetheless, watching the process of building this barn has been really cool. Thanks for sharing with us all.

Nose pokes you super big helper, Mitch. Airesplaps Ms. Maggie....hope all is well!

Lola Belle and the Griffindales

Huskee and Hershey said...

THanks for sharing this with us Mitch. I'd never have know what a cupola was until now!
Your mom and dad are so talented..

Koobuss said...

WOW!!! You mom and dad built that!! Wow!!!! It's terrific, whatever it is. Great job!! (My mom and grandpa can't build anything.)

That chicken soup back at the barn sounds great, too. Now that's something that I would be interested in. (I love all food.)

Sounds like you guys have a lot of fun.

Love and Koobuss Kisses,

Urban Smoothie Read said...

wat a great i know what's a cupola...
did u get some of those sausage n soup too?

Girl Girl Hamster said...

That is such pawsome work....

~ Girl girl

i said...

That's really lovely! Your dad is really talented! Chicken soup sounds yummy! By the way, we have an award for you.

Simba and Jazzi said...

Dropping by to say hello. Hope you had a good weekend.

Simba x

Aki and Poopie said...

wow Ms.. you pawrents are so cool and talented to build something so intricate. not to mention, your dad cooks! my manang doesn't even know how to 'build' hard boiled eggs.. BOL..

drooly kisses,


Laurie, Woo's Editor said...

What an amazing cupola, I had no idea they were so big on the ground! People often ask where ours was from, and we had to send them to another state, so it is really great to see the local cupola raising.
Woo says hi!

Persephone and Buster said...

wow mitch, that looks like fun! my humomm likes those crane are you going to live up there in that cupola?? is there room for that?
really neat structure!
theBUSTER & Ms.Persephone & Ms. Blue too!

Snowball said...

The cupola looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Why is Maggie not allowed to go watch the cupola being raised?