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. Advertisements

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:…

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…