Yesterday I looked up from my computer screen, and out the window into the trees. I was shocked to find that I felt gratitude, gratitude for visual depth. Yesterday I noticed for the first time, on a conscious level, that I miss depth, I long for it. And not just visual depth. I also hanker after depth of meaning in my day to day life.
After waiting 21 days for news of the final inspection and approval of our driveway, I decided to call the Township and inquire. All of my interactions with the Township office have been pleasant, to date. This call was no exception. The Administrator explained that the final inspection had been carried out, the driveway approved, and that the cheque for our deposit refund would be “cut” and mailed out.
With the driveway approved, we can begin to landscape around it. We do have this Sunday off work, so hopefully we will be able to get over to the camp and get busy!
I have been having the time of my life, looking at different cabin ideas over at Cabin Porn (quite the name!). I don’t enjoy the architect designed examples very much, although beautiful, they are beyond the reach of most ordinary folk, and so of little interest to me. All that glitters is not gold. I love the cabins that ordinary people have built, used as sheds or lived in, all over the world. The bonus for me is that a few of the ideas I had for our shed at the camp have been used by others, and there are images of how those ideas look in real life. It is easier to make decisions when one can see an example of an end result.
We plan on using found materials for the shed, to the greatest degree possible. However, there are structural practicalities that will inspire the outlay of some cash, such as pressure treated wood for the foundation and floor joists. I am having fun looking for ways to use plastic water bottles as roofing, without much practical success. There are good ideas out there for this type of roofing, but for climates that have relatively little snow. The more than eight feet of snow we receive each year presents a roofing challenge. I did see a lot of water bottle privacy fences though, I might give that a try.
While I was rummaging around on the internet, I ran into a little blurb about masonry heaters. I highly recommend masonry heaters, having heated exclusively with this technology for a decade. We did not opt for the oven, and we haven’t missed it. There are also ways of heating water with the masonry heater, another feature we did not opt for. Because we tore out an old, inefficient fireplace and retrofitted with the masonry heater, there were a lot of structural issues to consider, issues that are easily resolved in new builds.
We have perfect summer weather today! The country house is heaven in the summer, with the trees rustling around the house, windows open, bright mornings, long evenings… In the summer I don’t want to sell the country house, and in the winter I don’t want to live in the country house. The summer months can lull me into wanting to stay, the winter months, all six of them, will slowly turn the desire to stay into ice.
Date: 2:00 PM EDT Friday 25 July 2014
Condition: Partly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.5 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Wind: W 17 km/h
“The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.”
Frank Lloyd Wright (1869 – 1959)