Papa Builds a House ~ Nana Makes a Home

As you can see by the date, this post originally published in October 2010. At that time our family was anticipating our move to the Gaspe Peninsula in spring 2011, an adventure we called Life 3.0.

What we could not have seen, anticipated, or planned for was that 14 years after writing this post about my parent's and their home, Damien and I would move into that house, and call it our own.

That this is the building of my home is beyond my dreams.

My dad has been a professional builder his whole adult life. He started off as a young man building houses, then for many years he owned his own company doing mostly commercial work (these were my growing up years).

During that stage he was the man in the office. Bidding, estimating, planning, problem solving, and running a company while his employees did the actual building. Three years ago when my parents moved to Nova Scotia he returned to his first creative love - working with his hands. His latest endeavor is to build a new house for my parents on a sweet piece of property on Nova Scotia's South Shore. A piece of land that fronts a river running to the ocean a short couple miles away. It's beautiful. 

But while my Dad builds their house my parents needs a place to live. Enter a 30 foot long camping trailer.

On our visit last week this is where we all squished together to cook, eat a few meals (most were eaten on the deck) and spend our nights. Days were spent out of doors at the beach, around the property, and on a ocean/river boat ride. More of those photos coming later.

Visiting my parents was luxury camping. We had a solid roof over our heads, electricity, hot water, and a flush toilet but no laundry facilities (they borrow a friend's washer/dryer down the road) and close sleeping quarters.

Six of us in such a small space was a fun challenge. But my mom, homemaker extraordinaire was up to it. She always is!

I've told you before what a wonderful cook she is and it bears repeating; my mom is a fantastic cook. Even in a cooking area as little as my kitchen sink.

Photo does not do her cooking justice

 A lot of cooking was done outdoors; chopping vegetables on the patio table and setting up small appliances on the shoe rack. 

And the BBQ was used for everything from fish fillets, whole chicken and veggie patties to spanakopita & apple crisp. Spanakopita and apple crisp I tell you! I'm advocating she should write a cookbook and I'll do the taste testing and photography. 

I know all it takes is love to make a home but pairing a builder with a fantastic cook makes for the ultimate in domestic comfort. 

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  • Leilani

    Leilani on Oct. 7, 2010, 2:33 a.m.

    What an incredible house! Ah, Nova's on my 'someday' list. Isn't it funny how some people have the gift of hospitality that even a 30 foot trailer doesn't seem (too) claustrophobic? What a great vacation!


  • Kevin

    Kevin on Oct. 7, 2010, 5:15 a.m.

    I just found your blog from a friend of mine, and have been trying to read through as much of the back-posts as I can. I should stop though, because it makes me too jealous and guilty that I am not living up to my dreams :) I would love to build a house, but I seem to always procrastinate on just building a chicken coop.

    Anyway, we are also planning to partially home-school our daughter. Luckily the school in our village is small (she will only have 2 classmates), so it is almost like home-schooling, but we intend to send here there a few days a week for the social interaction, and teach her at home for the intellectual stimulation. I am certain I will be referring to your blog often.


  • Francesca

    Francesca on Oct. 7, 2010, 8:07 a.m.

    Impressive. I wish I had your father's skills, and your mother's abilities. But I must confess, I love space, and although I'm trying not to, I dream of a spacious house, where I can have little comforts like my very own desk!


  • Shannon

    Shannon on Oct. 7, 2010, 11:18 a.m.

    Looks like how we'll be living, Lord willing, in a year or so. Minus the electricity and running water part :). Looks like you had such a lovely time. I love to see a mother-daughter so close.


  • Rana

    Rana on Oct. 14, 2010, 1:31 a.m.

    I can't wait to see the finished product. I would have loved to have tried the apple crisp and spanakopita from the grill. That's some fancy cooking! Sounds like you had a great time with your mom and dad.


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