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Winter coming

4 September 2009 | Category: Stories | Author: Clare

It is only August, and yet the nights seem to be drawing in and getting colder. There is so much to do with the building that the need to plan and prepare for winter is like a horizon I cannot distinguish yet; but I know it is there.  It plays on my mind and will until the cabin is at least wind/water tight.

A phantom that will have to become a driving force to make sure I am in in time; the alternative, back to Mitchell road.

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Wild raspberries

3 September 2009 | Category: Stories | Author: Clare

The juicy, sweet, tastiness of wild raspberries seems to be drawing to a close; maybe cut-short by the relentless sun that has beaten the Valley.

For a couple days Breagha was content to sit in a heap in the middle of a raspberry bush and harvest the berries by nosing around the leaves and licking them to death. ...[Read More]

Savage squirrels

3 September 2009 | Category: Stories | Author: Clare

For some reason right now the squirrels are busy in the trees; perhaps they are storing food for the winter.  I was wandering up to the site last week and was whacked on the head by a falling pine cone.  I was quite affronted, and glared up at the guilty party. ...[Read More]

Cabin progress

2 September 2009 | Category: Building | Author: Clare

The lumber is on site for the wall framing, and both 24’ sides of the cabin (the lengths) are standing. By Sunday both gable ends should be up and I will hopefully be working on the ridge pole; that’s really exciting.

I would have waited to send this update until the four walls were framed in, but finishing up with the office means I will have more convoluted internet access and so here’s a progress report while I can still upload pictures relatively quickly (don’t worry Mum, I am working on it :). ...[Read More]

Building blocks

2 September 2009 | Category: Building | Author: Clare

Assuming the wood issue is resolved, in preparation for doing the walls, I do have some questions this week:

I am trying to decide whether to use 2x4’s or 2x6’s for the framing. That decision is important as will determine the grade of insulation I can go with (4 or 6”). Does anyone have practical experience with both levels of insulation? The building will be heated using a log stove, and the dimensions are 20’ x 24’. ...[Read More]