I know I probably say this every year but... wow do we feel blessed! Family and friends and an amazing island retreat to enjoy with both. We are very thankful!
It was another very busy summer as we continued to work on the construction of the cottage. We were again very fortunate to get Scotty 'Wardog' Warren to help me out for the summer on the construction. This guy is amazingly talented and an incredible guy to work with. I feel very lucky to have learned so much from working with him for most of the summer. I was also extremely pleased to have my nephew Josh come out for a week of hard labour which added so much to the fun...he is one crazy guy. My stomach still hurts from all the laughing that we did each night as we went to bed. Thanks!
We worked hard long hours each day, and were able to accomplish a great deal on the cottage. The siding looks amazing and Scott finished off the soffits and facia with skill. Take a look at the 'safe' scaffolding system that Scott rigged up for our adventure in our photo album. Even though we accomplished many tasks and projects, the one that stands out the most for me is our work on the cedar shakes. It was like putting together a giant puzzle but with no picture to guide us. Each shake was hand dipped in a secret tea brew and then sorted by size, so that the masters would have a full arsenal of supplies on hand. What a job it was...but it looks amazing!
One of Scott's and mine many highlights was being invited over to our lake neighbours, Steve and Diane's house for supper one night after another long days work. Here we were not showered for the week and looking like the backwoods boys and still warming invited into their clean new palace. We were picked up right at the dock, ferried over to their house and welcomed with a feast that made our eyes bulge. Diane cooked three types of meat, prepared several salads, had many fresh garden vegetables and then topped it off with two types of desserts. Oh and did I mention the COLD beer! I think Steve was counting on leftovers for several days but no such luck after we got going. Just another example of their never ending incredible hospitality. Thanks guys.me is our work on the cedar shakes on the side of the screen room. Tedius and puzzle solving work... but I think incredible results. From dipping each individual shake in a secret tea bath to sorting through hundreds of sizes to find the exact fit, quite an adventure and accomplishment. I couldn't imagine doing an entire roof.
The island boys enjoyed another great weekend together and pulled it off with no serious injuries. One of our claims to fame is the devouring of four pounds of bacon at one sitting...yes we are proud Canadians! It was an amazing time to relax and enjoy great friendships. Looking forward to our 5th annual event next summer.
We have sealed up everything for another season and it is so amazing to be able to lock doors and windows on the way out. Scott and I plan to be back in the spring to finish up the drywall and put in the kitchen. We might even be able to get the power and water on line next summer. It's all coming together and it's exciting!! Can't wait until we can sit back and enjoy our labour of love...at least for a few hours, before I look to build or bulldoze something.
Sandra and the girls and I want to thank everyone for their incredible generosity and support as we build our dream. We look forward to when we can have you all over for a relaxing visit and to sit back and make more wonderful memories with all of you.
We wish everyone a wonderful winter and all the joy this Christmas Season can bring! See you at the lake in 2014!!