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After having spent 17 years on Ruxton Island, it's time to move on and to that end I am trying to buy a piece of property up at the North Shuswap. The piece in question is a small south facing lot just under .4 of an acre.

The entire area is indeed most beautiful, although very different from the Gulf Islands. Warmer summers and decidedly cooler and very snowy winters. But it will not entail having to use a boat in the middle of winter any longer!

A few pictures to introduce you to the area...the first one shows the lot and how dense the trees are. Walking through the lot before I got busy with the chainsaw was a real exercise in determination. At one spot, you could just make out the lake through the trees (second pic).

Next a couple of shots looking down Shuswap Lake followed by two of the houses across the road.
 

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The trees on the property consist of many silver birch, most of which are dead and in danger of falling without provocation.

Then there are many tall, very slender red cedars, but most of these are rotted in the middle of the trees at ground level. This is quite common with red cedars.

Then there are a few larger Douglas firs, some cottonwood trees, and several other deciduous trees that I'm not yet familiar with.
 

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As you can plainly see, the lot was a real mess when I arrived there. Trees fallen over in every direction...many hung up in the air, making it very difficult to pick your way through the property.

Several days have been spent trying to clear up some of the mess and get rid of the trees where the house, septic field and carport will go, plus of course the driveway area needs to be cleared.
 

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Wow, man, what a view, I hope you can start on your new house really soon buddy.
Hi Jim:

Wow! That was a fast reply!

Well, my lawyer says that if the house on Ruxton doesn't sell soon that he can direct me to someone who may be able to provide interim financing. I haven't investigated that in any way, but it might be a possibility to get a quick start.

You'll see that I entitled the thread Shuswap Life and I did that for a reason.

It seems that everyone up here is incredibly friendly and I'll get to that a bit more in the next few posts. But the first day I was at the lot with a chainsaw, three of the immediate neighbours came over and introduced themselves (maybe they were just being nosy...!) and they are the nicest people one could hope to have as future friends.

While I was up this past trip - just got back this morning - I stayed at my friend Al's house for a few days. The original intent of this trip was just to put my stuff into a storage unit and little else. I was to be back on the island in a couple of days.

But when I visited Al and his wife Linda, they asked if I needed a place to stay overnight.

I noticed that they had four large 6 x 6 posts sticking up in the air at the beginning of the walkway to their house and asked what they were for. Apparently, Linda has been looking at these posts for the last four years trying to figure out what she wants to do...and of course the time to do it.

She produced a picture of the concept that she had, whereupon I immediately offered to build it for them if they had the materials on hand.

Indeed they did, and so we got busy the next morning and spent the next two days building what you see here.
 

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Unfortunately there were no roofing shingles on hand, so I couldn't quite complete the job. Maybe next trip.

My friend Al is a hot rodder, and every year he organizes what he calls a picnic for several of his hot rod buddies down at the beach near his gorgeous house. This was last Sunday afternoon, and he invited me to come down and meet some of the good folks that made the run out there.
 

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...a few more...
 

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I didn't need the back seat in the Dodge van I bought, so I thought it would make a good "office" chair out at the property. Besides, it gives me a spot to rest between fights with all those trees.

The other shot is of the biggest fir I felled so far. Not much compared to the coast, but the fir was about 26" through where it was cut.
 

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Oh my stars, the cars are out a sight. My key board is slick from drooling, beautiful!!!

That car looks kinda like an ole Ford but don't know that I have seen one like it or remember seeing one like it. I know I have seen a few miles in a rumble seat like that.
 

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I have actually heard this name before Jim, but I have never seen the real thing. Until last Sunday that is. The car is completely original and in stunning condition. :thumbup:

If you can't read the name plate, it's a Rockne.
 

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Keith, I have never heard of that one, but man, it is stunningly beautiful, I love that color. Thank you for sharing the photos buddy.
 

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It's a Studebaker Rockne. Interesting car. It was introduced to replace the Erskine. Only made for a couple of years.
Yes, and that would account for the sticker inside the front window.

I didn't have a chance to talk to the owner as he was very busy fielding questions from several people. He only stayed for a short while, so I'm glad I got some pictures as soon as he arrived.
 

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"You'll see that I entitled the thread Shuswap Life and I did that for a reason."

I thought it was because of me!:whistling2: Shu
 

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"You'll see that I entitled the thread Shuswap Life and I did that for a reason."

I thought it was because of me!:whistling2: Shu
Hahahaha! That's pretty funny....I never associated it with your name Shu.

But now that you mention it...:)
 

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Yurts are usually round, aren't they? No more round for me I think. Although I have seen some pictures of some quite spectacular yurts. In fact, there is one right here on Ruxton island...still there not at the Shuswap just yet.

It has to be simple and straightforward...which means more or less squarish.

I have been discussing the groundwork and basement construction with a fellow builder, and he asked if I had considered a PWF (Permanent wood foundation) instead of a concrete foundation.

You betcha...much easier to build alone, way less costly, far easier to heat and the list just goes on. I think there is a pressure treating plant somewhere in the area (I haven't looked that up yet) but my friend is doing one in Ontario. His wood had to come all the way from B. C. if you can believe that. Apparently there are only two or three plants left still treating wood.
 
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