Off to Newfoundland

Aug 28 2016

Having left our home in the good hands of my sister we set off at 10 am Heading for Baddeck, Cape Breton to visit with PDG Pete and Sandy Smith.

Photo 1 is taken from their deck Overlooking the Bras D’or lakes.

Having had a wonderful visit and cup of coffee we headed toward Sydney where we had reservations at the Arm of Gold Campground.

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Then off towards Sydney where we got a shot overlooking the arm and then 2 shots as we crossed the bridge.

Well, everything is above but in the wrong order. Will do better next time….I hope.

 

 

Our “Cottage” is complete

Last year we had added a deck and porch to the minihome. This year it was time to complete the porch. With the addition of screens and some cedar shingles the porch is now our “cottage” and we are enjoying many afternoons and evenings. A recent addition of a Big Green Egg has resulted in a completed porch.

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June 2015 – Another Project

I have spent the past two winters cleaning snow off the car and the truck until I was totally fed up. I also had to clean the snowblower before using it. Enough is enough.

Garages1 - CopyIt all started with the removal of some trees

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Then the removal of stumps and widening the area

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Garages3 - CopyThe arrival of the garages. One 20×30 for the truck and plow and tractor and ATV. A smaller one for the car.

Garages4Then with the help of PDG Doug Logan and RCMP Cst John Kennedy the main structure went up in one morning. An impossible task for less that 3 with a little help for Dale and Karen. Next chore is boring as I have to set the anchors before getting the cover on. Stay tuned.

Garages-6Dale and I took a morning to erect the frame and cover for the small garage. I still have to tigten the cover down but it is secure and safe at this point.

Garages7Here we are on the final day. One week from starting and really only 3 half days of actually working on the two. All is in place and secure. I will spend some time over the next week adjusting and tightening the fabric and frames and get the rollup door operational. Today we put the main fabric cover on. It took 4 of us but went smoothly. The key is getting the frame square and adjusted as the cover is made to fit exactly. Although it was not really a hot day, it did not take long for the heat inside to build up. Like being in a hot house. Hopefully it will nt be taken over with plants.☺

The Winter to end all Winters

March 2015

Atlantic Canada has experienced a wild and long winter. Actually nothing out of the ordinary until Feb but the cold and snow has been unbelievable. In a space of 2 days in mid-March we received 2 major snowstorms that dumped over 80cm of snow. This on top of an already major amount. Equipment and operators were taxed to the limit and tempers were right on the edge. We faired not to badly other than having to replace an abnormal number of shear pins on the snowblower and also having a series of drive chain failures. Add that to replacing the transmission on the truck and it was a costly winter. The drive has been getting narrower each storm and hours of fighting 4-5 foot drifts and soon the temps will come up and we will have a water problem. Today we enlisted the help of our niece, Di vanLith to shovel snow off the roof because rain is expected tonight and the weight would have been massive.

Welcome to Silly Acres.

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A closer look at the snow pile on the left. That is the result of blowing the snow off the drive and is heavly compacted and the base is equal to where the truck is parked. At least I will have somewhere to cool my beer in July.

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Thanks Di. I could not have done this without your help.

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Remember our deck that was 5 feet up off the ground? It has been shoveled clean 3 times before this last storm.

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The winter of 2015, we will not forget it soon enough.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The inside of our home

I have been told that I forgot to post photos of the inside of the home.

So here are some and I do not think they need explaining save fro the guest bedroom ( the one with the ironing board) now has a Murphy bed and sewing table and looks nothing like what is in the photo.

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The Gazibo/Garage is erected

With help from Dale, PDG Doug Logan and a hired hand we erected a steel gazibo today which will be our garage during the winter months. By closing in one side with plywood later in the fall it will protect the car from snow. So I will not have to scrape snow from the windshield every time we go out.

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One year later

June 5 –  July 24  2014 Updated July 24

A lot of things have happened. WE absolutly love our new home. We have been settled in for 10 months now and survived the winter. The heat pump was nothing short of fantastic and provided heat when the outside temp was -20ºC.

We are now in the middle of a deck construction project. The materials arrived on Monday afternoon June 2.

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Today, June 6 it was raining a bit so I only got 1- 16 foot section of deck framing done. Also my legs were begining to give out after so much exercise so we went to Truro for fish & chips at Murphy’s and the groceries and home for a nap.

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I have to take a few days off to cut grass and fix the hydraulics on my tractor.

Some days have passed and some rain has fallen and some old fellow has taken some time to get his knees back to working order. Now the results of what he has done follow.

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As you can see the view will be quite nice once we are completed. Visualize a small wood stove in the front right corner that will radiate warmth even with lots of screened area.

June 24… Some more decking done. Crawling on my knees does not help them.

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 June 27 2014 Rain delay and other stuff for 2 days.

The decking is completed. No more kneeling on sore knees for a while. Some work on the scaffold but nothing too strenuous. Luck, ( and not heavy planning ) resulted in the decking being out of line by ½” overall. Wonders will never cease.☺

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June 29 2014

Got an early start due to hot weather and all but two rafters are up ( I need 3 brackets)

Measurements and ordering the polycarbonate is next.

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July 4 2014

We have had a brief break due to other ‘chores’ and today with the help of our hired hand we got the strapping done so we are ready for the polycarbonate. Actually the short sheets are in now at the building supply but with hurricane Arthur due tomorrow we left them there and have cleaned up in anticipation of a little rain and wind. ( note upsidedown table. )

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Well here we are July 24. I had to stop work for a number of day due to incorrect material sent and then kidney stones. Yesterday the addition was added to accomodate the stairs and clothes line. Today I actually climbed a ladder and installed the clothes line when I saw a basket of wet laundry sitting o the deck. Subtle !  The line was up for a matter of minutes when laundry was hanging.

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August 3 & 4

Due to a total computer crash these are a little late. The stairs to the deck were completed save for the gravel at the bottom and the polycarbonate is now installed on the roof of what will be the screened porch. Today I have other chores to do so working on the remaining sections of the screened porch will have to wait.

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August 21 2014

The end wall and wall to the rest of the deck are now roughed in. I need to make doors as the screen doors that came are just too big. I don’t have the headroom. The sides are roughed in and the ceramic tile down and grouted for the fireplace. Now comes the chimney and screen ( which is still backordered). I plan to leave it roughed in till spring as I have too many other things to do.

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August 23 2014

The inaugural fire is started in the fireplace. Helping Dale is Willow van Lith, our niece’s daughter and our new best friend.IMG_5849a  IMG_5854a

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May 8 2013 our new mini home arrives

Without doubt the most exciting day that we have had in years. After a long wait and much discussion with all sorts of “officials” we got our building permit yesterday and the mini was delivered today. The crane arrived and began getting ready at 9:30 this morning and the home arrived about 10:30. Lots of activity but everyone knew exactly what they had to do and very little discussion took place as the supports were placed and the cables tied around the home. Then  up in the air it went and very gently moved over to the site and placed exactly where it should be.

This home is 74 feet long and 16 feet wide and the crane made it look so easy. Thanks to Stones in New Glasgow and Prestige Homes in Sussex New Brunswick for such a wonderful job of creating our home from our design and delivering it safely.

Best of all Momma is happy.

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An update on what is happening

In Oct 2012 Dale and I accepted an offer to sell our home. The surprising and wonderful fact is that my sister Anne and her daughter Dianne have purchased it. To make it all easy, we rented the home for another year while we prepared to have a mini home built and set up across the lake from the house we just sold. The best of all worlds. We sell the house, we get to stay on the property and we have family moving close to us.
Well, our mini home has been built now and is awaiting delivery and the roads to dry up.
What is a mini home? It is a home built in a factory under perfect conditions and delivered by truck. It is not what many think of a “trailer” as it meets all the same codes as a “stick built” home. the only difference is size. The max size to travel on a highway is 16′ wide and 74′ long. You can also buy a larger one but it comes in 2 or 3 sections.
Below are some photos of the site preparation and the home construction.
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Site preparation & installation of sewer lines to old septic tank that was already there for the campground we used to operate.

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Leveling of the site.

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Finishing gravel down. Power, water and phone line will come underground from the pumphouse which will be rebuilt. The well is again the same as was already there to service the old campground. It is a drilled well 260 feet deep.

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The finished site a view of the lake

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The mini home in the finishing stages of construction. We had a tour of the plant and were extremely impressed not only with the construction procedures but the fact that there are many employees who have 25+ years of service. Says a lot for the company Prestige Homes, Sussex, New Brunswick.

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Dale’s kitchen. When momma is happy, everyone is happy.

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Kitchen and living room. We will have a big transition to make moving from 4000 sq ft of living space to 1200 sq ft. But we are both looking forward to not only the new home but having family nearby.

Stay tuned for photos when the unit arrives and is set up.