Members of the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country were treated to a tour of not one but two beautiful homes on Friday, November 20, 2009. Our first stop began with Lee and Kacey Butcher’s off-the-grid home situated on the rim of a cliff. The Butchers spent over a year literally building their place by their own two hands. Energy efficient is the word here. Solar panels and a wind turbine provide the house with electricity and when Mother Nature isn’t cooperating, a gas generator kicks in. You can see the hard work and love the Butchers have put into every aspect of this home from the beautiful wooden floors to the high ceilings and the walls filled with their favorite art and Alaskan memorabilia. What really takes your breath away is the view from the house. You’re high enough to see several miles of the most gorgeous Hill country land and sky. That’s a view I thought I’d only see from heaven! Our second home tour was right next door – Tres Lunas, owned by Carol and Craig Conlee. The Conlees moved here from College Station after falling in love with the Mason area. The Conlees, too, have been hard at work refurbishing an existing home by gutting every room to the bare walls and starting over. What they’ve accomplished is a gorgeous Spanish style home complete with an infinity edge pool. Three tastefully decorated bedrooms open onto the pool. A large living/dining room has a massive rock fireplace on one wall. The opposite wall in the living/dining contains arched windows giving a spectacular view of the pool and the Hill country landscape. Carol’s studio and private office were still under construction at the present time. The Conlee's art collection added a personal touch to the already beautiful ambiance of the home and grounds. Followed by a delicious lunch of Chinese chicken salad and chocolate chipotle candy, Carol gave a short program on utilizing music and painting blindfold, a form of art therapy. The Next FAAHC function will be the Christmas Dinner and Show in December.