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Cabins Through the Seasons|
UPDATED January 2005
on the shore of Lake Fairlee. We continue to use this historic name for our vacation property.
UPDATED September 2005
From Drawings to Foundation -- Spring 2004
Summer Visitors to Idle Pine
[added August 2005]
Archived Contents -- before June 2004
More Information [May 20th ,2002] I have just heard that my financing has been approved, pending a visit by the appraiser. Closing is set for June 24th. I have added a page with maps and satelite imagery of the property.
View from the Lake [August 14th, 2002] I took title to the property in late May but was only able to return for a few brief visits this summer. Next summer (2003) we plan to be in residence on the lake.
Tales from Lake Fairlee, Volume II [July 30th, 2003] Well, there has been some progress, but it sometimes seems like climbing up a sand dune. Making the cabins livable: electricity and water (pictures included!).
Tales from Lake Fairlee, Volume III [August 13rd, 2003] Since the last installment a great deal has been accomplished. We are living like civilized folk, now, with running water and everything. The infrastructure comes together. Lots of new pictures.
Tales from Lake Fairlee, Volume IV [August 18rd, 2003] By special request, here are pictures of the inside of thecabin we live in, so you can get an idea of just how "rough" we have it!
Felling Two Large White Pines [September 8th, 2003] Building our all season cabin would require the removal of two 100+ foot trees. The good news is that we will be able to use them as lumber for our building. Watching them come down was an experience. Pictures and story here.
Here is a recent memo summarizing our current thoughts about building details. Here is our proposed floorplan, with a tentative furniture placement. [you need Adobe Acrobat to view the plans]
Winter 2004 Pictures [added February 11, 2004] I visited Fairlee in late January to meet with our builder, Dave Colby. While there I visited Idle Pine. It was bitterly cold (about 15 F) and overcast, but there had not been much snow. I walked around the property and out on the lake and took these pictures.
At the Sawmill [added May 1, 2004] What happened to the two large pine trees we felled last fall? They have been cut into lumber which will be used to build our house.
to Blast or not to Blast [added May 9, 2004] A granite ledge protruded from middle-earth right where we wanted to put our house. In mid-March our builder recommended that we dynamite a hole for the cellar and foundation. The ensuing saga should be read as a comedy, not a tragedy.