Our Country Cottage a Narrative
About This Show
Our Country Cottage, a Narrative, podcast is intended to be for those that want to, are in the process of, or have already realized their dream of building a retreat or retirement place in the woods. I will be sharing what I have learned from all phases of our project, from planning to enjoying and coming to terms with our cottage in the country.
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Episode #18 ITB Month 19 and an OCC Sleepover
7 days ago
This episode In The Beginning ,ITB, month 19 reveals progress in some areas and failures in others. An Our Country Cottage update has me staying over a couple of nights at our country cottage for the first time in over six months. And now on with ITB, In The Beginning, month 19, February. More pictures, texts and emails sifted through to give the best recollection of how Our Country Cottage came to be. This month was cold and snowy (February, go figure) with lots of challenges. There were seven trips made to Our Country Cottage, this month, some in weather I would have normally stayed home in, even in the city. There were reasons I had to make the trip whether I wanted to or not, mainly when power fails. One such trip I made was shortly after a major snow storm. Keep in mind that roads are plowed in order of importance. The main highways will always be the first followed by the secondary ones etc. Well, Our Country Cottage access road is about third and fourth down the list. And the kilometre of drive is all on me. It is a good thing to make note of the roads you travel on, to your retreat, and, the order in which they are serviced. Best done while you are not in emergency mode. So I planned my trip keeping to the main roads as long as I could. As I turned off, on the first secondary road I realised that one lane had been cleared. The plow was a couple of miles ahead, making a return pass. I was lucky that there was no other traffic. Then onto a lower priority road (read not plowed yet) where only several vehicles had driven, leaving me tracks to follow. The tracks became less and less numerous, until it was clear, I was following one track made by one vehicle. I was in luck, as he had gone where I was going, turning onto yet another lower priority road (read, lucky to be plowed within three days of snow fall). The track went for about a Kilometre, or so, before it turned off into his drive. I was on my own. The road was poorly defined with the snow being nice and smooth cross the road and ditches. Just stay in the centre, between fences, poles or what maybe ditch edges. My vehicle is a very capable four wheel drive unit, with good ground clearance. The eight or so inches of snow was doable. I remember informing our painter not to bother coming out as planned. That vehicle, a compact town car