Monday, 22 February 2016

Build journal – Raising the roof

Well, more like sheathing the roof. but that doesn’t have the same ring to it ;-) It’s February, the peaks are all up, and now it’s time to finish sheathing the roof. Brian gets all the credit here, I really didn’t do anything to help with this part of the sheathing process. But I did work on finishing up the sheathing on the walls while Brian was busy on the roof. First he finished up the back side…

brian on roof

roof 1

Mandatory artsy shot ;-)

peaks sheathed on side 2

And then he moved around to the front of the roof. Can you see him? He looks so tiny!

peak sheathing 1

peaks behind trees

While we were working on the sheathing, a snow squall came through.


half and half sky 2


fog and snow


post snow

snowy tools

All done!

roof all done

back of roof


And my handiwork on an end wall…

end sheathed

Next we move up to the second floor. Which was supposed to for for storage, but how can you waste this view on storage?!

view through trusses

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Friday, 12 February 2016

Build journal – A peek at our peaks

When the roof trusses went up, the garage got pretty tall.


But we  weren’t done there – oh no, why have a tall garage when you can have a super-tall garage! It’s now the end of January, and there’s still the peaks to put up on the trusses. Luckily, the peaks are small enough and light enough for us to handle ourselves. Brian’s job is, as always, to be up high and put the peaks in place. My job is to bring the peaks around from the end of the garage and hook them up to the winch. This is where peak number 1 will go…

view from trusses

And there it is!

peak 2

peak 1[4]

Now there’s three peaks…

three peaks

And four…

brian and the peaks

Making good progress…

brian pulling up peak

The first peak on the other end of garage…

view from trusses

I did NOT want to be up where Brian is!

brian and the peaks 2 

And the peaks are done!

done 1

done 2

done 3

And the pre-requisite artsy shot :-)

view through peaks

Woohooo! We finally have a proper garage! Now if we can just get all the sheathing done…

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Monday, 8 February 2016

Winter walk

We weren’t in Nova Scotia last winter. You know, the one that everyone around here refers to as the worst winter EVER. Even people who have lived here their whole lives can’t remember a worse winter. So we weren’t really sure what to expect this winter – and so far, it hasn’t been bad at all :-) We just won’t think about the storm that’s supposed to hit today!

A couple of weeks ago I set off up our road with my camera to take some winter pictures. It was a beautiful day, and I didn’t even need a hat or mitts – in the middle of January! The light was beautiful, and I snapped pictures of everything that caught my eye.

Like shadows…

shed with shadows 1

jana e and shed

Beautiful old wood…

blue barn doors 2

grey barn doors

shed close

Fun & colourful mailboxes…

dog mailbox

pink mailbox

Adirondack chairs in the snow…

chairs 1

chairs 2

Lobster traps, new and old…

wharf reflection

lobstrer traps


tree and shed

buoys on shed

shed and boat 2

red shed and rocks 2

shed and tree


busy janet 2

  dory 3

boat in window


crow dark edges

crows in tree orton

flying ducks 3

duck pair


yellow door

hey yall

front porch 2

old wood house front door

And of course, the views…

clouds orton

ocean view orton

Most of this snow has melted away. but there could be a fresh batch of snow coming today…

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