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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.

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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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Closets

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

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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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Patios

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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.

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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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