We are home now. Thank God! Twelve days away and ten of them spent ‘a-buildin’, two in all-day transit. Our neighbours (our age group) went to Victoria as well. They went down to have high tea with the Lt. Governor at the Empress. One day of travel, one day of pomp, tea and ceremony and one day home. “We’re exhausted!”
Admittedly, ten days on the work site is easier to take than ten hours of pomp and ceremony but the point is that the last two weeks were pretty fatiguing. But satisfying.
We did good. See pics (don’t look too closely).
A dead-end laundry room was converted into a nice workable little kitchen. A back wall was opened and the little windows replaced with older French doors. The ‘age’ of the house and the doors is in sync. Looks original. A deck was built off the French doors and it is fantastic. 200 square feet of pleasant outdoor space sans the prodigious amount of backyard dog-poop ubiquitous to the rest of the yard. In effect, we built a space to get above it all.
The kitchen was re-wired and is about to be re-plumbed – we only got half of that done. And a small standing-room-only laundry closet was added by taking space from the little workshop. It was wired but remains not-yet-plumbed.
The old floor in the lower portion was torn up and the new flooring was purchased. It sits awaiting getting laid (something we can all relate to). Should be easy (something we all hope for). But it never is (something we are all familiar with). So, we’ll just have to hear about the affair afterwards (something all too common in this crazy world).
The W’fers came back with us and are in greater demand than ever. Interesting how that goes……………..
When W’fers come, we usually tell others so that the W’fers can experience another Canadian family situation if they so choose. Plus, we rarely have more than a week of project that we are going to tackle at any one time so W’fers for a longer time is burdensome for us and boring for them.
Not so this trip. This trip we worked the ‘boys’ pretty normally and filled their bellies pretty well for about ten days and then we took them to Victoria to help us with our little reno. Basically, they built the deck. And that took them 3/4 of their time down there but they did get to ‘bank’ some time for the future. Should they go back, they have a free place to stay.
We brought them back here because a neighbour had a small project and gave them the keys to his cabin. So they get their own place for a few days. And then they go to another neighbour who should keep them half-busy for another week. The schedule runneth over.
But, it gets better. Two neighbours hearing of the success of this W’fer experience stepped up and the ‘boys’ have at least two more weeks of W’fing opportunity available to them if they want it. Sounds as if they do. This small corner of Canada is having a major influence on two young men and – if I do say so myself – it is a good one, I think.