Friday, July 01, 2011

SkyWatch Friday ~ First night in the Cabin

As many of you know I started building a cabin on the dunes on Haida Gwaii, B.C. this time last year.  Several of us worked dilligently on it over the summer learning some lessons as we went along.  Getting supplies here and not being able to do everything ourselves were some of the lessons.   When I left in September to visit my grandson and family we were still waiting for the tin for the roof.  It was never our job to do the roof and it finally got put on with little time to spare.  Windows still hadn't arrived. 
When I first saw the above picture I thought it was someone's hut in the Alps(a friend had just come back from visiting family in Austria) until I realized it was our cabin!  Snow like this, we never see on Haida Gwaii!
 So this spring we were back at it.  The lower windows arrived back in February however the big plate windows front and back for the loft just arrived. 
 With the help of a friend who also just arrived back on island we moved the big plates of glass into place and secured them.
 Between putting in the lower windows and the loft glass we sided the cabin in cedar and trim out the windows.
 Some of you may remember our beautiful driftwood posts on the deck.  We thought they were great but anyone who built things said "take them down" so unfortunately down they came.
 So even though the doors were not in I decided to spend my first night in the cabin.  The cabin faces eastsoutheast so I had to get my first sunrise from the cabin.  When I first awoke it was just after moonrise at 2:52 a.m. (this photo was taken at about 3:30 a.m.)
 The night sky had been clear and full of stars as it neared new moon however as the sun began to dawn the clouds moved in.  Sunrise was at 5:10 a.m.
 Daybreak was beautiful... 
 and reflected a rising tide.
 So we are waiting again, for insulation to arrive on island so we can complete the inside and I can move in and enjoy more of these beautiful sunrises!
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Judy said...

What a cozy cottage that will be when it is finished! So glad that you shared your first night in it, with us!!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

What an appealing place! A cabin like that could be paradise for a writer!


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Enjoyed by both peasant and king;
No matter the eye
That sees the bright sky
The proper response is to sing!

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

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Barb said...

I remember your work on the cabin from last summer - it's fun to see how far it's progressed. Glad you're such an early riser - with a scene like that, I would be, too!

Powell River Books said...

What a view! You are really going to enjoy those windows in all seasons. The snow shot was lovely, but the insulation will make it warm and toasty. I assume you have (or will have) a wood burning stove. We just love ours and it really does the job, sometimes too good.

Our friend John (who built our cabin) is adding on a bathroom for a composting toilet and we are moving our bathtub out of the second bedroom. The extra space will be nice, but not having to walk up four flights of stairs to the outhouse in the winter will be great. I've heard the composting toilet attracts fruit flies, but there is no odour. I still think it is worth a try.


Gaelyn said...

It's hard to believe your cabin was buried in snow. Especially with the current views. Awesome first sunrise from the cabin! May there be many more.

Pierre BOYER said...

Great !
You're lucky to see that !
Greetings from France...


Anonymous said...

What gorgeous shots! That cabin looks so cozy!

VioletSky said...

It has been a long wait... but it is looking beautiful from the outside.

Annie said...

Wow, what a wonderful little cabin! Lovely photos.

Marion said...

Great photos...I can almost smell the beach, the early dawn (my favourite time of day, at the beach or anywhere).

Wasn't that an enormous amount of snow last doesn't seem that long ago, since it's been quite a chilly spring. but it looks as if you will be quite cozy and comfy in your cabin on the beach!! xx

jocodeane said...

How wonderful.
Every woman should have one.
Mine is not as romantic as yours and the sea is painfully absent from the setting, but I share your feelings, and waking up there is the best thing.
So glad all the hard work paid off.

Linda said...

Worth every muscle ache from carrying timber and hammering in nails!

Tammie Lee said...

I feel happy for you
such a sweet cabin
and so much glass making for wonderful viewing of your lovely realm.

EG Wow said...

OH, Carolyn! I love that your cabin faces east so you can capture the beautiful sunrises! The cabin really does look like it's in the Alps in the first photo. :)

Anonymous said...

Well, completion is near. Congrats on such a lovely cabin and ...what a view! Thanks also for your very interesting previous posts.

Monica Devine said...

The cabin looks great! We just finished building our cabin on the Copper River in Alaska after five years of working on it year round. Worth every moment!

Janie said...

Your cabin is so pretty, and in such a perfect location. Looking out at those sunrises is going to be a pleasure every single day.

Kcalpesh said...

Well written and nice capture! The cottage looks good....

Shirley @ The Gardening Life said...

Gorgeous skies! You'll have such great opportunities for more like this now with your lovely cabin!

JO said...

I love the winter look of the cabin.

My Skywatch is up -- Snowbirds!

Linda said...

Glorious! And wonderful tho the sunrise is, I can't help thinking how amazing the night sky must be, with no light pollution.


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