Chris (aka Xander) digs and digs and digs

The estate’s first non-family visitor, Chris (aka Xander), came last week, Monday-Wednesday. We loaded up the car and stopped off at Freshco (remember how much we love Freshco?) for a bunch of vegetables and sausage and beer and bam, estate home, sweet estate home. We got to the cabin and made a game plan: we’d chill…

Mango canoe

Today (Sunday of Canada Day long weekend) we spontaneously decided to go buy a canoe and paddle it home. The two places to get canoes are about 10 km of paddling and 3-4 km of portaging through city streets. 10 minutes after entering the store, we left with our mango-coloured 16′ canoe.

Painting visit #1

I say #1 because even a full day of up and down the loft ladder and back and forth from kitchen to living room wasn’t enough to finish more than about half of the painting I wanted to get done. And that was just a couple of small areas! The tricky thing we’re finding out…

First human visitor!

We had our first human visitor – Katie (Liam’s sister) – and longest stay so far, at 4 days. Most of the time was spent moving ahead on existing projects, cleaning up, and shopping for new tools and supplies. The cabin is actually livable now and the furniture is more or less arranged in its final…

Another sneaky day trip

Liam and I went up for a day trip yesterday and got loads done, mostly inside. Kind of surprisingly a lot, actually. I’ll put pictures and accompanying captions soon, but first, I just picked up some free paint from a guy through Freecycle, and we’d like input on what/where to use it. Here’s what we have:…

Sneaky day trip

I’ve been itching (not literally – not many mosquitoes this time) to get back to fixing up the under-loft, etc., so I slithered away (not literally – but I did find some nice snake skins in the wall when I pulled up the under-loft boards) to the cabin on Tuesday to hammer out (literally) a few…

First weekend (!)

I can’t resist all of these exclamation marks…! We got the place on Murphy Rd. after a bunch of ups and downs. But we have it now. Ours. Water pipes are fixed and water is flowing into the cabin (and out, somewhere), walls are up, roof doesn’t seem to be leaking… Good. All good. Great,…

All of the things!

The collector in me is having a field day with this whole buy-a-cabin-and-fix-it-up thing. Sure the outdoors (143 acres!) is going to be the main focus, but having a new home to pull together from scraps is right now what I’m most looking forward to. Liam’s energy is mostly on outdoors stuff, meaning I get to play,…

Getting there…

A bit more paperwork, a visit, some water stuff, and bam! The place will soon be ours. Which would be great because I’m having major focus troubles from all of this excitement. It’s been a really fun process so far, especially since this was completely on a whim. All we did was “Ooo, wanna get it?…