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The Ceiling - Part 1

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Over the Christmas holiday's we started covering the ceiling in the gallery space with tongue and groove cedar. Dad won the cedar at an auction last spring for a very good price. We won a large stack of boards almost all of which were 16' long, 8" wide and all were tongue and grooved. Unfortunately about 40% of the boards were in pretty bad shape: worm-eaten, weathered, rotten, or warped in some way. We've been cladding our various sheds in the crappier boards and putting aside the good ones to use inside. This fall Joanne and Mom sanded and finished some of those good boards and that's what we've been using.

Over time the Tuck tape that sticks the vapour barrier to the beams has lost it's tack so I'm re-taping as I go.

Fitting the long boards is much easier with a helper. By the end of a day working over your head like this your arms feel like they are about to drop right off.

For extra fun every board in the middle row had to be custom cut to accommodate the light and fan junction boxes. Also because the boards need to be staggered the scaffolding had to make the full trip back and forth across the gallery about a half-dozen times over the course of the project.

We didn't have quite enough boards so we'll complete the job in the spring when we can finish the boards outside - the stain that we use for colour really reeks.

As usual when Dad works so do the children. What's remarkable about this picture is that Gil is actually hammering real nails, into real wood with a toy plastic hammer. No I don't know why there is a parking lot beside the board. Look at how long those legs are! Wonder where he gets his build from?

Happiness defined

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Tobogganing

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The tobogganing conditions the last couple of weeks have been stellar. We have 2' of hard pack snow than runs smooth down the back hills and almost right to the house. Conditions are best in the morning after a good cold night when the crust is still frozen. By mid-afternoon this crust is slushy and the hills are slower.

This is the view from the top.

The view from the top

Of course to get there you have quite a walk ahead of you.

Climbing to the top of the hill.

Savour the view for a few minutes, catch your breath and then it's time to come down.

Tobogganing. Tobogganing.

The run from the top is too long and steep for the kids to do themselves but there is a nice hill about half way that Gil can handle on his own. The longest runs are around 300m. We toboggan from the back property line almost all the way to the house for our final run.

Tobogganing. Tobogganing.

Though sometimes speed gets the better of you and you and the GT part company.

Tobogganing. Declan thinks that a soother counts as protective headgear. Declan.

More Pictures of Declan

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As requested:

Declan Hunter

Declan Hunter

Declan Hunter

Declan Hunter

Gil sands the door

New Gil Picts

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There are new Gil picts up.

The Obligatory Baby Picture

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The Obligatory Birth Announcement

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He's a week early, but Gil Hunter was born October 18, 2003 at 6:20pm. He's 7lbs 4oz, 21" long. Everyone is healthy and happy.

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