Saturday, August 23, 2014

Yikes busy but progress to show

It has been ages. It is busy

This is a luna moth caterpillar. As big around as my fifth finger, and longer. Beautiful colours. One of the landscapers was studying this branch of a tree he was taking down. Then he got his phone out to take a pic. I went out to see what he was photographing, and this was it. The moth that comes out is big too. And exquisite colouring. Somewhat similar to this colouring. A soft green with big turquoise spots. Beautiful. I hope he stayed in the area and I might see him transformed.

I was at a wedding in the country and started to eat a rib of pork. A wasp was interested in the same piece. I thought I had shooed him away, but didn't and he bit me on the inside of my lip. Oh my, did it hurt. Benadryl did not help. It took about a week to go away. Ouch.

The garage is above ground, enclosed in plastic, shingles on the roof. Tomorrow the siding, next day the windows, and Wednesday the cement floor.  The electrical and plumbing to go. Tim is looking at a Danish toilet that does not require septic. Completely self-sufficient. More on the that later.

Our landscaping is done. I thought I would do the planting now. But we are doing stuff to the house, including reroofing, so I want to give the workmen 6' perimeter to work. So I am only transplanting the flowers I rescued before the landscaping started. The real garden will have to wait.

Our patio is lovely. In shade all day til about 4 in the afternoon mid August.  Lovely to have shade to eat at, at lunch.

It is all coming along. It is always slower than you wish, but it is fun to see it transform.

Hang in there blogging buddies. Who ever you are!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Some better photos.

No photo captures the real effect. At least not my photos.
From what will be a stone patio down to the lake with our dock and red Muskoka chairs.

These stairs are amazing. He works with a level to set them. He has a stone cutter to slice the sides of the stones to give an even edge.

From our dock up the steps to the digger at the patio. See our steps in to the water on the right. This is an alternative to digging a sand beach. Minimal change to the shoreline for water habitat.
Steps are sort of hidden a little from the dock. Lovely. Sand under the hammock. A sitting area that is right at the water but in shade all day.

Of course our other dock happily docking CF-LIL and our sea-doo named Evie. My mother (Evelyn/Evie) did not like sea-doos. But that was because they used to be so noisy. This one is quiet. I am sure she would love it. It is  SO much fun.

Here is our plastic wrapped garage. That orange beam could hold up a 747, or an ocean liner, or a ....
The view will be lovely.

So we are above ground. I don't even have an up to date photo. We have three guys working. Today they were on the ceiling of the first floor  putting up the beam for the roof on the second floor. It is massive. Should hold up 10 times the weight of snow from this past winter. The regulations are just so overkill says our builder Al. Our cottage next door which has been up for 100 years has no such beam.

Again, this photo is out dated. I would update the photo but I have lost the wonderful lens on my iPhone. I dropped the phone from a height of 2 feet out of my pocket on a cement floor. It slivered into broken glass. So I found a guy who can replace the back glass panel of the phone for $20. Sounds great. But the camera lens is like it is covered in vaseline. So back to Bracebridge tomorrow to see about this.

It is fascinating watching this guy moving these rocks. The pieces are easily 4'X4'X 6". Huge. He picks them up and places them down like they are feathers. It truly looks like ballet. I am the first to tell him he looks like ballet.

We have been having great weather. No more bugs. Sitting at the dock good. A slight overcast, so not deadly hot. Just perfect. Workers have had dry days. But it is dusty work. My ballet dancer out front at the stone patio kindly sprinkled the hose on his work to keep the dust down. 

It is very exciting. Slow motion, but exciting. I am going to go out now and take up to date photos to post.