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Instructions for photographing your children: start when they are very young. Never let up. Ignore all protests. Eventually the camera is just part of the scenery. Pretty much. I am hoping that when they are grown they see the record of their growing up as a treasure.

To the point. Work on the house has been pretty very slow in the past year. The inside anyway. And my record keeping has been less than complete.

Finally it would appear that the countertops for the two main bathrooms are coming soon. Yay. Stone purchased. Arrangements made.

Tim is digging out for the terrace in the back.

Pictures to follow.

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I think it will be done before the snow flies. But Tim does spent most of his free time up on ladders:(

Having said this – his work has been much admired.  And this makes him happy.

The front is finished! I think it looks just grand.

One of my favorite parts of the house is the roof lines – best seen from the west side. But here they are stacked up on top of one another, all dressed in cedar,  from the front.

Yesterday Tim painted the back window. Today the cedar is going up.

After this – one more side on the house and then the garage.


Mid Autumn Mood has come and gone. Hoping for some warm autumn days. Somewhat belatedly – Happy Têt-Trung-Thu!

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This weekend Tim painted the front window and managed to get up almost half the cedar. The front of the house is going so much faster. All straight aways. No corners. Only fittings to do are around the window. It looks grand.

One of the odd optical effects is that as the house wrap disappears under the cedar the chimney stands out. I had almost forgotten that beautiful chimney:) Can you see the chimney peeking through the tree on the right?

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While I and the Girl and H walked in the Labour Day Parade – Tim labourered *. And before you going feeling too sorry for him. He really didn’t want to walk in the parade if truth be known.

So the west side is done with the exception of a tiny piece that needs an extension ladder.

* That was a slip of the keyboard – brought on I do believe by the term “labourer”…and all things related to labourers. A bit all consuming at the moment. This is my story and I’m sticking to it.

Right up to the peak. 22 bundles of cedar. At least 8 full days.

Because the scaffolding is up Tim is doing the painting too. Easier that way. Even though he really wanted to get to the front today – but that is not going to work. The west side, however,  is lookin grand.

It will end up looking like this:

And this:

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Bit by bit. Piece by piece. The cedar goes up. Shortly the west wall, the wall with the most cedar, will be done. YAY. I am thinking it’s looking mighty fine.

You can’t imagine the hours Tim has put in to this. Maybe you can.

Here is where he is working now.

Just a few more days and he will move to the front of the house. YAY.

Taking a break with the dog.

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Young folks who work…


Garage trim is coming along nicely.


And the amazing Tim! You gotta admit it looks pretty great.

Above and below. Very tricky pieces. Multiple angles and all that. He’ll soon be on the straight away – and is looking forward to this.


And Scout with his Stick. Wrestled to the ground. Subdued. Defeated. And then dragged into the house.


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Over the weekend Tim has been working on the cedar – and has worked his way up the stairwell.

If you look carefully you can see where he has started a row of shake across the bottom of the larger section of the upper house (left hand side).

The heat doesn’t make this any easier. Yesterday was 34.

It sure does look grand.

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While I spend almost all of yesterday driving, Tim almost finished the cedar on the window seat bump out. (Why, you may be wondering, does she need to tell us she was driving all day. Ahh. That’s because it is clear from these pictures that Tim is working very very hard. I certainly wouldn’t want to leave you with the impression that I was sitting on a garden chair watching.)

 Here it is.

And while I have your attention ..another garden centre sell off. Hydrangea of some variety. Says it turned brilliant colours in the fall. Yum.

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There have been days when I wondered whether we would ever get the window trim up. It seemed always so remote. And so it has been. But on Friday morning Earl and Tim installed most of the window trim on the house. Still to go are the smaller windows on the stairwell and the barn garage.

I love the way the trees are reflected in the windows. And this with dirty windows:) I can’t even imagine what it might look like with clean windows…

And here is where you have to use your imagination. The cedar is still raw and pretty much reddish orange. Which is looking at tad questionable against the paint colour. Think grey weathered cedar.

Wait till you see it tomorrow. This piece is almost finished! This is Tim’s doing. Each piece nailed on. More cutting and sizing than bears thinking about. He says it is a challenge. Indeed. For sure it is beautiful.

And while all this is going on the mini digger is still here. And this is the pile of dirt (not earth) that Tim scrapped off to level the ground where the terrace and the raised garden beds will go.

And speaking of garden beds I have got a bit ahead of myself this week what with the 50% sales at the garden centres. I mean really. 7$ for a gallon pot Explorer Rose (John Cabot). Really. It’s pretty hard to resist. So I didn’t.

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