New floor (and more)!

I’m sitting here in our downtown apartment in Ottawa sipping the soup we had for dinner at the cabin last night. I’m showered and in intact, non paint-splattered clothes. I don’t smell like sawdust and my head is uncovered (I wear a head wrap or cap at the cabin for ticks). Yet my brain is totally back in…

Bathroom – destroyed!

For our first April visit of the year (and ever, since we owned the place), we enjoyed the first signs of spring. Highlights include: Nina tore down the wall between the kitchen and bathroom (hence the title). The idea is to open up the space and provide a nice big laundry sink. We gave up…

Maple Syrup

What a weekend! We went up Thursday afternoon and came back Monday afternoon. Things are melty and soggy and, in the case of our maple trees, drippy. Below, a few pictures from our tree tapping. The whole process was slightly more complicated than expected since the hand drill we’d bought the day before specifically to…

Second winter visit

(The first winter visit being at NYE with Emilie and Anthony.) We spent the last three days at the estate to get away from it all. The weather was very mild (barely below freezing) until last night when the wind howled through the less-than-airtight cabin. We could walk across some of the bays without too…

Visit from Marcel and Nana

We had a four-day visit during that was probably the area’s first frost. Here are some pictures! Big updates: we got lots of wood thanks to Marcel and his chainsaw Nina and Marcel put in stairs down to the outhouse Liam worked almost the whole time on a funding proposal 😦

Thanksgiving weekend

A short and sweet blog post… Thanksgiving weekend, we were joined by most of the Fab 5, including Costa, Leanne, Eleni – and notably addition 18-month-old Emile from Yellowknife. I think we witnessed the single sharpest downturn in temperature this Fall. The first day was shorts and t-shirts weather and the morning we left was 3C. The…

Sleepy, rainy visit

We had medium-high hopes that our visit this weekend would result in a fully installed wood stove (Liam) and fully patched and painted walls (Nina), but, well, it didn’t. A few setbacks (mostly in terms of lack of supplies) meant we didn’t follow all the way through with our plans, but still, we got a lot done and…

Last summer visit before school

Somehow, it’s been about two weeks since the last Estate visit and nearly two months since we were there alone to focus on getting stuff done. Leading up today, we spent our last extended weekend at the Estate before classes start up. There was a sense of urgency because the next visit will be nearly…

Visit from a German

This is a short and sweet update. After Nina cancelled a work party, I (Liam) went through with a visit as planned and had a few handy grad students and German friend (Sebastian) also up. Sebastian is visiting Canada for three weeks as part of a conference I hosted in Ottawa. A few highlights: It’s…

Mother/mother-in-law O’Brien visit

We had yet another action-filled three-day weekend with Liam’s Mum. The weekend started on a Thursday evening, when we ate dinner at the Cove Inn. We drove around a lot of the small towns (Westport, Perth, Delta, Forfar). After she left, we put in a solid half-day of work. Here are a few highlights of…

Laing-Vega and Doré visit, Prickly Ash, and Pex

We had yet another wonderful weekend at the estate last weekend. We got, not one, but two visitors. First, Nina’s parents, cousin, Najwa, and her boyfriend, Stu (both from England) visited just for the day. They drove 8 hours or so for a 4 hour visit! Besides eating the delicious bakery goods from Pan Chancho,…

Just a small aside

I stopped off for a quick Trash Nothing pick-up just now and met the nicest lady. Her name is Shannon and she was cleaning out her garage and finding all kinds of fun stuff to give away to leeches like me. I got lucky enough to pick up some shelves (track shelves, I think they’re…