Camp Just Broken In feels way more comfortable

imageJuly 1st to September 30th is my 3 month sabbatical. I have spent the bulk of it working up on my land and I am impressed by how much can be done when I am up there on a regular basis. It is definitely feeling a lot more livable and a lot less broken.

Realizing that I am small

and that my land is big and that Mother Nature even bigger.

 

 The area in front of the tent is a complete mud pit with no hopes of drying up so 3 drains are going in, the ground has to be graded and 10 more large trees need to come down so more and more sunshine can pour in and the mosquitos breeding grounds can dry up.

The deck did not settle evenly and there is a 2 inch slope down to the one corner. If you ever drop anything at least you know where to start the searching. That will have to be fixed – thinking a car jack and a couple of patio slabs should do the trick but maybe not.

I won’t be building my little artist studio this year but I will be finishing one kick ass campground and starting the prep work for the Ginger Shack to be built the following summer.

After all these years I know that it is not about sticking to a time line but not losing sight of the end line.

 

Nailed it!

I found these rain barrels on Pinterest and have to say …. I think they turned out A-Ok!

rainbarrel2Took all of 10 minutes to make.

rainbarrelsUp on my land and hopefully they will be upright and full of water when I return.

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I grew up in Manitoba and a couple hours North of my hometown is Riding Mountain National Park. A few friends have cabins up there and May Long weekend is the time open them up and mark the beginning of summer!

I spent May Long weekend opening up my tent and my land to sunshine and stars!

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The tent stood the test of winter!

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I cut down trees

jbi-maylong17Jeremy cut down bigger trees.

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Mia worked the axe.

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A decent wood pile is forming.

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A bridge out to the car park is almost done.

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Fence posts for the HillyBilly Hot Tub area have all been cut.

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Looking really good after only 2 days up there!

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Thanks, yet again, to some amazing help from some awesome friends!!

Summer is coming and Camp Just Broken In is getting ready for the season…

BRUCE AT HOME DEPOT!

I finally went to a Home Depot to look around and this was in the first aisle that I turned down. Bruce is my last name.

I really have no idea what I am doing right now in the sense of the construction part.  I own a glue gun and basic tools so I like that I am already a name in the world of construction!

BRUCE

 

The smallest travelling me, ever

Over the last 20 years I’ve been fortunate to see as much of the world as I have.

Most times when I travel, I shop. I’m a sucker for pretty things and love bringing art home from far away places.

The goal of my 14 day trip through Panama and Costa Rica was to bring home only memories and I am happy to report I did just that.

One small backpack, everything  was used, I stayed on budget and have nothing to declare. Mission accomplished.

Small space living here I come!

I hope he has a solid left

 

tigger couchMy neighbours told me the red squirrels are bad right now and this might be a summer full of rodents.

That made me think about how many animals Tigger is going to have to contend with.

My best guess is that none of them will actively seek out a cat, but I really don’t know.

Wild turkeys and cats?  Deer, squirrels, owls and cats?

Bears, coyotes, wolves…. you don’t have to read about those combos.

I will have to do a little research.

No cat outside unattended and not after dark.

He has his claws. He has a bell. I really hope he has the ability to hold his own.

 

 

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