Fun, progress and hot water!

 
 
A lunch with family and friends
I don’t see a safety issue here do you?
This is the very first meal cooked on our new indoor stove
Men being silly with the manometer which actually has something to do with propane.

Such a great mix of fun and progress as we begin the finishing work on the cabin. Indoor cooking! Plumbing! Hot water! It’s all kind of amazing.

 

Late October

The weather was perfect, the food was great and the card playing highly competive! A great weekend all around.

Terrible picture but great food: sitting down to a dinner of BBQ chicken, ribs and potato salad.
Curious fur-filled poop discovered on the upper road. Cougar?
What is this amazing monolith? Could it be the very first post in the new railing system?

Decking discs and divine dining

It’s been a great spring so far. We’ve had mint from our planters, good times on the green roof and of course the nearly completed exterior siding!
But even among great weekends this weekend was special.

In the work department, Kevin finished some milling and Mike and Malcolm started on the much -anticipated decking.

is that decking going down? oh my so it is!

lovely lovely decking


The work was great but the fun was even better. Saturday lunch was tacos and a fabulous homemade lemon cake that Mike brought. Afterwards we had a lesson in disc golfing on the course that Malcolm designed.  Dinner was some amazing halibut which Malcolm brought down from up north, Then Sunday we had cold smoked salmon, also courtesy of Malcolm and our first inaugural game on the completed 12 target course!

Halibut, collard greens, corn and roasted potatoes onions and fennel
With room for strawberries and homemade biscuits
Work it all off with decking and disc golfing!
Malcolm shows us how it’s done
Looking for lost disks
Watch out for the water trap
Somewhere in the distance is the 11th target!

Now Malcolm says I have bo excuse not to priint out the map and score cards. so watch for that soon!

So to recap where we are as of the middle of June 2013:

  • The exterior siding is almost completed and only awaiting the installation of a bathroom window to be done.
  • The decking in the breezeway and guest cabin area has been started
  • The green roof is mostly planted and growing nicely
  • The disc golf course is finished
  • Life is good!


Big progress, bocce and brownies to die for

 

A great weekend at Gambier with many thanks to Louise, Sean & Mike for great food, good progress and bocce mania.

We invited a new term: “real-time design” for some of the modifications and adjustments that get made along the way. Installing the window on the second floor was a perfect 3.0 — e.g. the third time we tried to complete this aspect of the building. The first time we got the measurements wrong, the second time we got the measurements for a sliding door (which we didn’t yet have) right but decided to use a window (which we did have) instead. The many discussions around this reminded me again that the ‘logical’ criteria in our design philosophy is almost entirely subjective! Maybe logic is the thing that balances out all of the other values, the simplest path to meeting the most needs. Anyhow, we used a window we had left over and we didn’t have to buy a door and we rebuilt the wall so we wouldn’t drive ourselves crazy with wishing, years from now, that we’d taken the time to do it right the first time.
So that’s logical right?

Safety First Sean!

The geek in me was helpless to resist the animation possibilities of these two photos of Sean. It would be smoother if I did it in Photoshop but not bad for the first animation generator I googled. Click on the picture to see it in action.

From Jun 2011

In addition to the installation of the window we did a lot of tidying and sweeping in a space that everyday is feeling less like an idea and more like a real cabin. We had music on the deck for the first time thanks to the sweet sound system Louise brought. Mike made brownies with a cream cheese filling from his cooking muse, Nigella Lawson, and she did inspire him to greatness. The weekend was all about keeping the carnivores happy: Sean brought the bbq to life with some amazing juicy burgers and Saturday night we went Ukrainian with sausage and perogies.

The daisies are out

 

From Jun 2011
and the weather on the ride back was fantastic! Thanks again everyone for a rockin’ weekend!