The View Around Here ~ The Week in Photos

Things are coming along well with the house getting mostly finished so we can finish moving in. Here's some of our week, in photos.

Damien has been building beds for the girls. In the course of our move we gave away the girls' old beds because we thought they were ugly (though solid wood and very useful). Our plan was to someday construct pieces of furniture that looked nice and worked better in smaller living spaces.

You know the oft-quoted words of William Morris, "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."  - that's what we're working towards. We want kid's beds that are low profile, that will easily fit in loft spaces, are aesthetically pleasing, and have adequate underbed storage space.

We took advantage of having easy access to an amazing array of wood working tools (while our friend works on the house) and decided this was the week for that project. Those will be done by early next week. Yes, more pics to follow and perhaps plans.

Céline is back at the sewing machine, and this feels like home.

We didn't take the sewing machine to Montréal and it's nice to have it available again. You see that doll laid out on the corner of the table in the photo below? That's a doll commission Céline is working on. A project that was put on hold for awhile during our packing, her birthday trip and our month in Montréal

Taking time out of the busy-ness to chill with a documentary - streaming via satellite. I am so thankful the internet works as we had hoped it would! 

No coffee table? A plastic tub will work just fine, thank you very much. And notice - the blue tarp is down so instead you see the lovely birch leaves. I do love this view. 

More sewing, and look - deck rails!

The cooking, eating, dishwashing (we don't do much take out and paper plates, even when we move), crafting, living, and pretend-play "set ups" stops for nothing.

As a fine layer of sawdust settles over everything in the house the kids are unfazed - of course. This day was a rolicking boat ride on a stormy ocean sea. (Kids working out in their play how I feel about life right now?)

That shirt in the upper left - that's laundry hanging from a metal rod in the ceiling. I have no idea why that rod is there, but it comes in handy since we once again, are living without a clothes dryer

Look here! A project done. The deck completed. My tomatoes have had a rough time of it and are the scrawniest looking container tomatoes you've ever seen but they are starting to produce fruit. They are tenacious. 

You'll notice a gravely yard and blue tarp in the background. Because a new sewer and well had to be dug there is no "yard" after all that digging. Just leveled rocks and dirt. Lots of rocks, this is a mountainside. You won't be seeing gardening photos anytime soon, though I did get the compost bin set up this week.

The outside is a construction zone with wood, plywood, metal sheeting, scaffolding, tarps, and refuse scattered about. Which is why I'm not sharing many outdoor photos. 

It's not all work around here! You see the "mountain" hump in the deck photo? Well, between our chalet and that mountain lies a gorgeous river. This river:

It's a salmon fishing river and there are certain restrictions about where you can swim. I'm learning those as we go. This particular spot, just down the hill from our house, is "officially" closed to swimming, or so I'm told. We'll see.

There are other places along the river to go. Many access points but this one is the most beautiful we've found so far. 

And that's the week. A lot of project work, some homeschool "studies" (reading in the hammock and other activities not pictured), a lot of cooking and eating (not pictured), and lots of playing outdoors for the kids. 

Next week we'll set up the girls' new beds and organize their room. Laurent will get his own small basement room in August - it's time to separate the boy from the girls.

The room you see Damien working in (in the first photo) will be emptied so we can move all our boxes out of the trailer so we can sell it. Hopefully we'll have more river play and swimming next week and maybe even finish an e-book

Happy Weekending!

13 July 12


Nice! Love the photos! I

Nice! Love the photos! I got a chuckle out of the kids around the computer: we don't have tv, haven't for years, and that is "weird" around these parts in California. The lady who cuts my hair simply cannot believe that my family of 4 sits around a laptop when we feel like streaming a movie or putting a DVD in. She said, "that would never fly in my house." Well, it flies just fine with us, but it is kind of funny seeing a photo of what it looks like to huddle around the screen! Thanks for sharing your life with someone across the continent!

You would have a hard time

You would have a hard time prying me out of that hammock by the river...what an amazing place to call home! Thanks for sharing a little slice of your life with us.

Aaaaah lovely! So jealous of

Aaaaah lovely! So jealous of the river. And the hammock. Bliss.

I live in the city but sometimes think how lovely it would be to live somewhere like you do. But whenever I venture out of the (small) city I live in, every biting insect in a 10-mile radius descends upon me, quickly making me grateful for my city life! :)

Still, you make it seem so beautiful, and I'm sure it is.

Those pesky no-see-ums are

Those pesky no-see-ums are evil. Talk about an annoying insect. I love all the photos. That river is beautiful. I bet you can't help but breath deep when you go down there to sit and relax. I know I would. I'm so happy for you all. Enjoy it Renee!

Your blog has been inspiring

Your blog has been inspiring to me lately, as we are just considering a move to a small (750 square foot) cabin in the woods, with young children. I wonder how far you are from civilization? We would only be about twenty minutes from town, but there are not a lot of other kids there, which worries me as the kids get older.

You could live in a wonderful

You could live in a wonderful suburban neighborhood without a lot of kids too. Or you could move next door to your child's best friend then circumstances change unpredictably in their lives and they have to move.

I always say that siblings make the best playmates and Renee's blog demonstrates that well.

This is a topic that I have

This is a topic that I have wanted to talk to you about, Renee, and I do plan to use your homeschool coaching soon. What a great service!
I think that people who have access to neighborhood playmates cannot imagine it any other way, and I get the impression they might even feel sorry for us for being so dependent on our own family for friendship and "socialization". I have always been keenly aware that you can't have it all. When you choose one path you give up another. The flock of neighborhood kids is great, but my quiet family life is great too. One is not better, just different.
Our family does live in a suburban neighborhood, but we are so secluded from the rest of the neighborhood that we feel and live like we are in a cabin in the woods. And we are still 15 minutes from "town"! I think anyone who wants to move to the woods should go for it! I think part of the key is how much you enjoy being at home, which we do. I have a cousin who says she would be so lonely without daily interaction with others, and I get that too. I am a homebody, however (who loves to get out and travel too), and I love my home base in "the woods".
We also made our big change when the kids were young. I agree that helps.

I had to laugh when you

I had to laugh when you talked about your tomatoes . Mine sit outside our kitchen window . They would win the prize for the worst looking . Next year I planned to study about gardening . We are gratefull for the farmers who grow our food.

I am enjoying following your

I am enjoying following your move, settling in and organizing. Such a beautiful area. Of course there is beauty everywhere you just have to find it. But there, where you are, it's jumping out at you everywhere you look. The mountains, the river, the lovely trees!!

How nice it will be to have the beds done and kids moved in to their own space. We all need a bit of that don't we?!

Breathe deeply and enjoy -



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