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Old 05-28-2011, 04:16 PM   #4696
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HERE HERE!

There have been some distractions along the way but I would also have to compliment Keith on the main-body of this great thread. It contains some really amazing ideas and accomplishments on the part of the OP a very talented and knowledgeable craftsman. It has certainly been a learning experience for me.
Bud, as usual you're being far too kind.

If it wasn't for your generous way of sharing your tiling knowledge, I wouldn't be anywhere near done yet.

Yesterday, I did pick up an additional 80 square feet of tile for the ensuite wall. I was dead certain there was enough here to finish, but it seems the tile gremlins have wandered off with a few boxes of the stuff.

The top 3 1/2 feet of the high wall in the ensuite will be covered in painted cedar, so I'm going to do that before I set the tile on the wall. I figure all the nail pounding might loosen up the odd tile if I were to do the tile first.

Yes, I'll get you some pix when it's underway.

Just waiting for the paint to dry now...thrilling, ain't it?

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When the two grandson's were over last week, the 3 1/2 year old made this little fence for Grandma. His mum and Grandma helped him paint it up and stick the shells on, which he collected in the bay.

He was pretty chuffed about the whole thing.
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Well, the ensuite is progressing apace...I had to end up running the water supply lines under the floor after all. It ended up being easier than trying to route them through the wall.
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This is what we get when it's playtime for the pooch...throw the ball or else...!
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This is the high wall currently the center of attention.

As of now, the top wood is on the wall.

Hopefully tomorrow will see the tile cut and some - or all of it - applied.
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A couple of days ago we actually had some sun and a good sailing breeze. Out in front this very nice catamaran zipped by. I would guess it was around 40' or perhaps a trace longer...lovely boat.
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Later that evening, I heard the drone of a powerful tug off toward Danger Reef.

By the time the tug and barge had got close enough in front to take a photo, it was getting pretty dark. But between the Canon and Mac it came out not too badly.

In all the years we have been here I have never seen a log barge pass in front.

He has only two options heading in that direction...either keep going straight up the channel and try to get through Dodd Narrows. Maybe at dead slack water he could make it, but it isn't called "Narrows" for nothing.

His second choice would be to go through Ruxton Passage immediately north of us, then head over to Gabriola Passage which has some notoriously bad water when any tide is running, following which he will need to make a sharp turn to clear Breakwater Island.

I wouldn't want to have been the skipper on that tug with that massive barge in tow.
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One for the ladies...the first clematis of the season is out.
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When the two grandson's were over last week, the 3 1/2 year old made this little fence for Grandma. His mum and Grandma helped him paint it up and stick the shells on, which he collected in the bay.

He was pretty chuffed about the whole thing.
He is one happy little guy! What a great smile! I bet he didn't want to go home at the end of the week.

Is the wall you're tiling tomorrow in the ensuite?

The clematis is beautiful!

It must be pretty interesting to look out and see all the boats going by. Would you have heard the sounds of the barge hitting the rocks if he hadn't made it through Dodd Narrows?
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He is one happy little guy! What a great smile! I bet he didn't want to go home at the end of the week.

Is the wall you're tiling tomorrow in the ensuite?

The clematis is beautiful!

It must be pretty interesting to look out and see all the boats going by. Would you have heard the sounds of the barge hitting the rocks if he hadn't made it through Dodd Narrows?
He's an absolute ham when a camera comes out!

Yes, that's in the ensuite.

Dodd is about 5 miles north west of us...and even if he bounced off the rocks I doubt we would have heard it. They very likely would have had a second tug standing by in case he got in trouble. We quite routinely see two tugs handling log booms when the weather kicks up...although it was nice and calm that evening.
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Your grandson looks like he is one happy little fellow, I can see why. That is really neat not leaving the little fellow out of the projects. I know you are proud of him, I would be.

Keith for some reason your dog is just the way I pictured he would be, he reminds me of my granddad's pup, the poor thing didn't have a tooth in her head though. That sure didn't stop her from trying to bite you, scare the dickens out of you when she went to growling and gumming your leg or foot.

That was a big sail boat and pretty too.

Do you think that the barge was delivering some logs to someone in that area or maybe picking some up? I am sure glad I wasn't the pilot of that thing.

Thanks for all the pictures buddy, your home and flowers are beautiful, we do appreciate the time and effort to allow us to share with you a part of your life.
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Hi Jim:

The barge was full of logs, probably 40' long. They stack them two across the barge (which is 80' wide) that way the logs don't fall off.

Most likely either going up to the mill in Nanaimo, or perhaps going over to Vancouver to be sawn there. Or worse...being loaded on to a freighter for shipping overseas, along with the jobs it produces.

Here's a telephoto shot I took, where you can see the logs and the two cranes which they use to load the barge. I'm not sure if this is a self dumping barge or not...most likely.
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Got all the wood on the top of the walls this morning, and now just going to mix some thinset to get started on the tiling. Back later.
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Gooooood Gravy that is some serious wood. There is no telling how much draft that ship is drawing with that kind of weight. I have never seen such a ship like that. I heard that Japan use to come over here with huge ships and buy a lot of lumber. They would pull out beyond the line and process the lumber and bring it right back and sell it to us. I can't say I can prove that but that is what I heard.

How far are you from Nanaimo? I have several places on my desktop that tells what the temps are for that day and I have yours at Nanaimo.

I hope you have a good one buddy.
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Gooooood Gravy that is some serious wood. There is no telling how much draft that ship is drawing with that kind of weight. I have never seen such a ship like that. I heard that Japan use to come over here with huge ships and buy a lot of lumber. They would pull out beyond the line and process the lumber and bring it right back and sell it to us. I can't say I can prove that but that is what I heard.

How far are you from Nanaimo? I have several places on my desktop that tells what the temps are for that day and I have yours at Nanaimo.

I hope you have a good one buddy.
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More than 50 years ago when I was working for a shipping company in Vancouver, we used to send boatloads of prime Douglas fir cants, 24" by 24" by 42' long over to Japan. They didn't process it offshore and bring it back...they stored it in freshwater lakes in Japan, and much of it was earmarked for rebuilding their old temples.

All the best wood cut here in British Columbia goes out of the country. We only consume about 5% of our annual production within the province.

We are about 15 miles from Nanaimo here (south east) and while our weather is very similar, it isn't always the same. Temperatures are always close, but they usually get more rain than we do.

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