Thanksgiving at Halkett Bay

Here’s how you have Thanksgiving Dinner Halkett Bay style:
First you build the kitchen

IK2 (interim kitchen #2) was set up in a few hours while the turkey was soaking in brine. You can see a video of the stove moving here (Geek note — why doesn’t Blogger let me embed my picasa videos when they’re the same company?) By the time the turkey was ready to go the stove was set up and I did some of the rest of my prep while power tools and a great work crew of  Kevin, Waylon and Mike kept me company. It was my first time cooking a turkey on a BBQ and my first time cooking it breast side down, not to mention having the kitchen built around me but amazingly IK2 and dinner all came off without a hitch.

IK2 uses what will be our permanent kitchen which we bought off craigslist last year so even doing the dishes was a new experience. What an amazing Thanksgiving! Even the weather cooperated!
Lots more photos here. Thanks Waylon for the great pictures

Building lessons

It was very hard to drill holes in the side of the plywood we so lovingly screwed on, but this is to ventilate the insulation in the event it does get wet. As I drilled I contemplated zen like on this building lesson: what gets must be able to to get out.

July/August 2011

This summer is going by faster and slower than we anticipated. Putting on the siding was tremendously satisfying, as was the first pee in the newly installed toilet. (But I think I will actually miss that long walk/run up to the toilet shack.) We had a grand vision of getting it all done in one shot but we did manage to get the guest cabin mostly done and it’s beautiful. The closer we get from idea to thing the more amazed I am at what we’ve accomplished, even though sometimes it feels like we’ll never be finished.

I realized how negligent I’ve been in the photo department when I looked at Maddy’s beautiful pictures of the island this summer. She’s not only a great friend and builder, but she’s been our chief documenter as well.

OMG double rainbow!

A rainy weekend with amazing rainbows and very satisfying progress on the guest cabin roof. 
It was very pleasant to come up and find everything so clean and organized thanks to the hard work of Pere and Didi. 
and the warm fireplace kept everyone cozy when the rain got too much
I took some photos of the disc golf course 
and hope to post a photo guide to the course sometime soon. In the meantime you can see more photos on our picasa photo album.