Monday, 10 August 2009

Finally a New Post!

It has been a long time since I've posted on my blog. This is despite those who have been nagging me, wanting to see what has been going on during my summer. (Yes, BM - I've been listening to you. You too TW.)


It has been a long summer with lots of work. And I've come back from my holidays and jumped right back into my full time job. So my evenings have been dedicated to washing huge garbage bags of clothes, towels and weeks of bedclothing... as well as the clothes we are using in our every day life back in the city.


But I've finally got around to finding the pictures I want to use, and getting my head around what I it is I want to say.


First of all - here is the most important of our projects: the porch on the third side of our cabin. This is what we (and especially my husband) has been dreaming of for 10 years.



We have already been out here eating breakfasts, watching the sun rise.


(Well, okay, that's a bit of a lie - have day light almost 24 hours a day means that we would have to wake up at 3 am to see the sunrise. Maybe we'll try that in October. But we have eaten lots of breakfasts out here).


We've also eaten lunches out here and myself and my husband have enjoyed a glass of wine or two (or more...) in the evenings.


And I also have to say that since we've been using this side of the cabin we've seen more animals this summer than we ever have in the 12 years we've been living out here in the summer. We've seen: porpoises, a family of mink, sea eagles, weasles and lots of fish jumping out of the water. It is quite amazing.


In the autumn, when the grass begins to die, I will (yes, that is *me* I said) be starting to dig out the dirt down the forth side of the cabin.


We'll be starting to build the forth balcony next spring.

I am a bit hesitant about it though. It is a steep incline, going straight down to the sea.


But, great things do not come without great risk. I will just check my life insurance before starting.


We're also using the porch as a storage place. Until now we've had piles of nicely stacked building materials covered with tarps. They've been green tarps of course, so they blend into the landscape. But they've still been there and have bothered us. Now we've got it all tucked away...

And they're protected from the rain....

The second major project that we've completed was to re-routed our water supply around 20 acres of property. Here is where we used to get our water....



Which was way at the far end of the first porch we built 8 years ago. And completely on the opposite side of the cabin to where the kitchen is.




But with hard work done by my kick ass brother in-law and my cool nephew...


And a little bit more tinkering here...
(If the truth be said, it was my brother in-law who did all of the important work on this project)
And paying my 7 year old son an advance in his allowance to crawl under the second porch (build 3 years ago) which is muddy and wet, to pull and push the hose and tap to where it is supposed to be....

We can now simply go out our kichen door to get our water. We will be building a stand for the sink pictured here.


The third project: I spent 3 days (with the help of one of my younger nephews and my son (7 years) and daugher (5 years) to paint this wall. It would no doubt have taken me a lot less time without the help, but it isn't always the point to get something done in the least amount of time.

And most of the paint actually ended up on the wall.


We are really happy with the color on the wall - although you can certainly see the difference with the wall beside it:


Here's a better view of the painting that needs to be done next summer....


But at least we'll have a great view to comfort us while getting the work done.

Finally there was a bit of fun building. My daughter has been after her father to make a proper bed for her pet lion. You could see that she totally fell in love with her father when he got the job done:

It's a perfect fit.


And inbetween all of this work, and the fishing, swimming, water tubing, and day trips we took, I was still able to get a lot of crafting done.

It has been a very good summer this year.

9 comments:

Dawn of LaTouchables said...

Your cabin looks like a piece of heaven to me...soooo relaxing and beautiful!

kraplap said...

wow you have been busy ! But the veranda looks pretty cool !

Kreativlink said...

Such bessy workers! Great job, though! :)

ingermaaike said...

Simply WOW!

I need to come visit soon!

Bovine Bubbles and Hogwash LTD said...

Looks great Nicole! When can I come for a visit?

aysetugrul said...

I am crazy about fishing and you are so luck that you can fishing from your terrace

karlita said...

oh, that looks so relaxing! I love the red on the wall!

ira said...

oh gosh what a work! But its look fantastic when is done and those little bed, ah... my daughter is better not see this post!:)

Star of the East said...

Your hard work sure paid off and shows!