Parents build stuff

Last weekend my (Nina) parents came to the cabin for a short but sweet visit. In just under two days we got a whole bunch done like dinner. Photos courtesy of Daddy. The cabin is “cozy” in that there are no privacy walls, etc. for guests, but fairly spacious in that each guest gets their…

Canada Day (very) long weekend

Liam and I once again went out of town for the Canada Day weekend. That seems to be the trend for us. It’s usually hot and super busy and loudin Ottawa with all the Canada Day crowds for fireworks, concerts, etc. Not our cup of tea. So off we went for a nice 4-ish day…

Return to blog after long hiatus

We’ve been going to the cabin regularly since our Christmastime return from Portugal (and Germany for two months before that). In fact, we probably spent a quarter of our time there. Here are some pictures and captions.

Last one for a while – but it’s a goodie

Hola! FYI we’ve moved away from atmurphyroad season and back into niamattical season, in case you, our most dedicated fans, start to wonder where in the world we are. Back to the main story… A bit over a week ago ’twas the season to close up the estate. The checklist looked something like this: turn…

Liam’s four-day work visit

Liam spent four days at the cabin, while Nina was away in the UK, to get some piece and quiet. Not a ton to report because most of the visit included writing (for work) and/or binge-watching two seasons of Better Call Saul. But some exciting highlights below.

Pizza oven updates

We’re building a pizza oven, as hinted at earlier. While plans started out very ambitiously with a outdoor full kitchen and brick pizza oven from kit, a bit of budgeting and realization of how long this stuff takes chipped away at our goals. We’re now building a earthen/cob oven and so far so good. Getting…

Nina made a kitchen, NBD

I’m doing this little post for a kitchen update, and Liam will post about the pizza oven and (upcoming) deck separately. We’ve made huge progress on them all so they deserve their own posts… First, the laundry room hutch. I got this at the Bracebridge ReStore. It’s perfect, from tip to toe. This is the…

Kiddies visit!

This is old by now, but here goes. Mummy, Lisanne, & kids’ visit in (some) pictures: We played around the cabin for a little bit. Sebastian liked opening and closing the patio door, Dominic loved whacking wooden blocks across the floor, and Julianna was super excited to play with her new tea set from Grammy…

Visit from another German/Tommy Lake

Marcel Schweiker is visiting Liam for a month. He’s a researcher at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. Liam’ll be returning that visit to Marcel (accompanied by Nina) in October and November. Here’s Marcel’s lab at KIT, named LOBSTER. It’s used to study comfort and behaviour of office occupants. For instance, how much less likely…

Small pizza oven update

We managed to build up the rest of the base last visit, and then fill ‘er up with spare rocks and gravel. Emi and I stopped by for a quick “hello” on our way to Guelph this past week. So pretty! And the pizza oven, too. The bit in front is a taste of the…

Mysterious bit n’ bobs

This is an overflow post, since there were a few things that I wanted to mention in the other post, but counting up to more than 3 things seemed too scattered, so here we are. In captioned pictures: Isn’t that weird? We arrived after a few weeks away and found piles of this. I thought,…

Rocks, cleaning up, and all the kids

So many things to give updates on… Summer visits are more frequent so we’ve done quite a bit. To structure the upcoming babble, we’ll talk about (1) rocks that we’ve been transforming into a magical surprise, (2) cleaning up the cabin in anticipation for (3) a visit from Mummy, Lisanne, and the kids. Numero uno:…