Off The Grid

Living off the Grid on a west coast island

bit of bubbly


We are progressing and it’s all very exciting.

The foundations of the decking were complete so E was able to lay a lot of the deck boards and Craig was able to get a staircase to the dining room constructed. There was much discussion at 8 am yesterday as we tried to decide how we wanted to build the stairway… We are literally deciding on the deck design as we go. It’s very hard to imagine how to proceed until it is built stage by stage… very complicated. We are after all, on the edge of a cliff.img_5923

That being said. We have a stairway to the deck and a large area completed which is suitable for nature watching. Railings will come when the deck is complete. I moved a couple of chairs down and waited for the show to start. The sea lions soon came and didn’t disappoint. Sea lions and fish flying in the air right below me…  It’s like my own private aquarium.

At this point the exit to the deck from the dining room is covered in a sheet of plastic but the door is ready and might go in tomorrow.

E has also been splitting wood, dry walling and sanding. Our new furniture arrived by barge yesterday and is now sitting in a giant pile at the front door. We really aren’t ready for it but I wanted to get it here before the winter rains arrived. I don’t mind stepping around a few more boxes. At this point I don’t even take notice of the mess anymore..

I am knee-deep in research for some papers I want to write. It’s time-consuming but fun work… With any luck I will have an article finished in time to submit to the island newsletter.

We are beginning to feel like life is returning to new kind of normalcy. We even had time to christen the deck with our neighbours and a little

bit of bubbly




Author: Off Grid Islanders

We are a retired couple living on an off grid island on the West Coast

7 thoughts on “bit of bubbly

  1. Looking fantastic. Could I drink a beer on that deck next summer? You were right you needed the deck this year.

  2. What an incredible place, love your aquarium. Thanks for the bubbly 😀

  3. Looks wonderful, glad things are all coming together.

  4. Must be nice to have a barge that will do deliveries. Everything on the lake has to come up in our own boats, or a friend’s. We did buy a small barge of our own, but we keep both of our quads on it, limiting the other items that can fit. Of course, we can take the bikes off, but that isn’t too easy since our place is next to a granite cliff as well. – Margy

    • The barge is pretty great. before the reno we had only used it to move here.. its expensive…. but well worth it!! The difficulties of building on this site have been daunting.. as you well know.. but worth it in the end….

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