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Archive for March, 2009

Previous owners of Keats View cottage (and possibly some other wily locals) have dumped a considerable amount of yard and construction debris up near the top of the property over the years.  I was vaguely aware of this fact when we offered on it but too distracted by other concerns to think to include yard clean up in our purchase conditions. So now, we get to do it. 

And with both fire season and the summer rental season creeping up on us, it needs to be done now. As extra motivation, we have a tree faller coming to remove some trees for us, and he agreed to chip up anything we left in our driveway.  I’m not quite sure he knows what he has gotten himself into.

This weekend we concentrated on the piles of branches and other organic waste. Luckily, it is too early for bees nests, because if I was a bee I would want to live here!  We got about half of the job done.  The kids were a huge help, ‘skidding’ piles of dry branches down the slope on an old vinyl shower curtain. They were rewarded with dinner out at their local favourite – the Waterfront cafe – plus homemade cinnabons. Its all about food with them. 

Cottager and I hope to borrow a pick-up truck or trailer in the next few weeks to get the rest of the branches and other organic waste up to the green waste depot and to take the construction debris – nicely studded with nails and screws – to the dump. Tetanus shots up to date? Check!

A bigger job than we expected (what isn't?)

A bigger job than we expected (what isn't?)

10 foot high pile awaits the chipper

10 foot high pile awaits the chipper

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Still not entirely complete – please politely fail to notice fill patches on door frame and need for new carpet and mouldings outside door – but our new office is operational, and the ‘happening’ place in our home. The floor coverings are on the priority wish list, and, in the fullness of time, some new furnishings and accent decor would also be desirable. In the meantime, our old stuff will do just fine. Without further ado…ta da!

The space before:  

loft-space

 

And After:

new-office

 

Frank-the-cat loves his new perch, complete with heating pad!

Frank-the-cat loves his new perch, complete with heating pad!

 

Glass block detail adds interest (and light to new hallway)

Glass block detail adds interest (and light to new hallway)

 

Vaulted ceiling created high-altitude 'deep' storage opportunity

Vaulted ceiling created high-altitude 'deep' storage opportunity

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