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This past year I went on a fact finding mission about beekeeping and Andrew went on a fact finding mission about chickens and other fowl.


As interesting as beekeeping is, Andrew won the coin toss and now it is fresh eggs everyday. Continue reading

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November Thoughts

Yes, the weather is warm at the moment.  And I know what everyone is thinking – How is Will making out with that curtain?  Well…

Basement View

Actually in the home stretch now on having a nice entry hall. Continue reading

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Bois de Chauffage

For the inexperienced – that’s Fire Wood.

I know in Canada fuel shows up in a truck or just arrives through a pipe.  Here, I do it differently.

Do you forget that there are 14 fireplaces – now only 10 (I closed 4 of them).  I’m sure back in the day the house had a dedicated “Fire Boy”.  I know at Christmas when I have 3 fireplaces going it is dangerous to give me anything because out of habit my hands will through it on the fire.  It is all I can do to keep up.

However, I will say there is nothing like a fireplace and a warm blanket to relax in.  It is worth all the gathering, cutting, splitting and lighting to enjoy that moment.

So, here is how my fuel arrives….

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And the result when it ends in the fireplace…


PS Double click on the pictures to get a bigger view…


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How about those Doors

No, not the musical group, my inside doors.


Constructed of oak, 30 mm thick, no nails, just wooden pegs and some tight mortise and tenon joints and still hanging strong. Continue reading

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I call all the closets in this house the smallest rooms with the most work.  It feels that they take forever despite their size.


I do have a master plan Continue reading

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Still Alive!

This July marks the end of our fifth year here.  Lately lots of people here have been asking why the house is not finished yet.  I thought I would follow my usual answer (it will never be finished) with this post about our dearly departed Chestnut Tree.

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I wrote earlier about how it had died.  Click HERE to see that post. Continue reading

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Reclaimed tile patio France Grand House Adventure

We have established a habit of sitting in our front yard at tea time as the afternoon sun hits a particular corner Continue reading

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Happy Earth Day

I think every day should be earth day.  There shouldn’t be a moment when we are not considering the impact our actions have on the earth.  This is our home.


I have spent the last number of days working on a drainage project. Continue reading

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Death of a Tree

IMG_0435Well, our favorite Chestnut tree has fallen.  It came down in the night just after Christmas. Continue reading

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Christmas Trees

This is our 5th Christmas here this year.  I remember the first one and how difficult it was to find a tree – now everyone is selling them (perhaps we started something).  Anyway, this year I was having a bit of difficulty with the tree because it has a very thick trunk. Continue reading

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