June 12/16 part 1
The last 7 weeks have been an unplanned adventure for us. On May 4th (2 days after my last post) Ross was evacuated from Fort McMurray with the wild fires burning out of control. I could write pages of that experience with he and Michael (who made it out a couple of days later) being in a camp with NO supplies (food, water and diesel for power generation) coming in but it being on the only road and direction that Fort Mac refugees could take once the highway to Edmonton closed. Ross said it was very emotional to have families arrive in shorts, sandals and their pets but nothing else seeking refuge under the camp roof.
“We Can See Land!”
I’m sure THAT is what Noah said after 5 months in the ark. It has been about a 5 month journey for us to get to this point. As of last week, the lot is cleared and ready for the next phase – the building phase.
We chose our demo guy well! One of the firefighters is a contractor and had all the equipment needed and so we decided to go with him. Nick from Huxham Contracting is an artist with an excavator and watching him was impressive as he picked apart the travel trailer and separated it into recyclable and burnable parts. Continue reading
House warming the non traditional way!
After a lot of effort on many people’s parts in the previous 3 weeks, we got the demolition permit in time for the Oyster River Fire Dept to burn it on their schedule. We didn’t think it was going to happen because asbestos was found in 50% of the flooring so a Haz Mat team had to come in to remediate it. We found a gem of a company in Home Soulutions Remediation that pushed us to the front of the line so that the fire dept could keep their schedule. They were thorough, fair and before quoting on the job, found more than the assessment company found so we knew what we were getting ourselves into. Highly recommend these guys!
- We’ll BURN – April 3/16 is the target date! Stay tuned for pictures and video of the event.
- But a Bulldozer will probably get involved afterward for the final cleanup.
This last 10 days has had a number of hurdles thrown at us Continue reading
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March 9, 2016 – It’s ours! All 1.6 acres of it! What a great day even though the weather was typical March winter weather. We packed a lunch and Ross and John Wason took the truck and tool trailer and … Continue reading
To March 8, 2016
The last 6 weeks have flown by in such a flurry of activity, that there has hardly been any time for reflection.
- For one week, we were completely debt free –That is an unreal feeling after all the property that we have held the titles to over the last 3 decades.
- All our earthly possessions are put into a 8×20 storage locker except for living essentials for the next few months. It is crammed full!
March 1st, Ross and Karen are no longer landlords and responsible for anyone’s but their own living situation. Wow! Our experience as landlords started in 1985 in the home we built on Falaise Crescent in Victoria. Will this be the end of us providing nice places for others to live? Continue reading
Goodbye Victoria, Hello Black Creek
After 34 years of living, renovating and loving in Victoria, we have decided to move our adventures to Northern Vancouver Island. With the boys are not planning on settling here, there is nothing holding us to city life anymore. Where do we want to go? Continue reading