Country. The "Barn"
This site exists to
help us keep track of our cottage and to show it to our friends and family.
John and I, with the help and support of both our parents, have purchased
this little piece of property just outside of Tobermory, Ontario. Situated
on Larry's Lake, this cottage is nestled amongst trees and has a gorgeous
view. It is our little piece of paradise.
changes have just begun. We are happy with the results. Here
we can keep track of changes.
Take Pictures and
Actually Pay for
Make parking Area
Paint Shutters and
Find rental agent
Pain soffet and
Level off Septic
Add retaining wall
along septic bed
Buy Picnic table
Buy Propane BBQ
Add banister on
Build new dock
Buy cordless phone
Replace front door
Clean out septic
Carpet 2 bedrooms
This first year has been a
good one for us. With the help of my parents and especially Bob and Urs
Paxton, we have gotten a great deal done. The rentals also went well, and
we have decided to continue renting. It certainly helps with the great
expense of keeping the cottage. Next year we are hoping to get some more
done *keeping out fingers crossed*
So far the second year has also been a good one. On a recent trip to the
cottage, we were able to get some work done. With more help from my
parents and from our "staff" Jug and Betty McGaffey, the cottage
is starting to feel like our own. The rentals for 1999 should start soon
as well. We hope our renters enjoy The Barn as much as we do.
A few words about our third upcoming year. July and August are fully
booked and the money will come in handy as we are looking forward to
replacing the windows. Every time we are at "the barn" it looks
better and better. The garden was a lovely addition last year and the
flowers are all doing well. We are happy to be able to use the cottage
more often now that we are living in Canada again.
The fourth year of owning and renting the "barn" will soon be
upon us. It will be a busy year for us, but not with weekend projects. We
will have 2 visits from family overseas. Luckily, there isn't much that
needs to be done this year, just some general maintenance. We will be
making good use of the "barn" before the rentals begin, and
we're looking forward to spending some quiet time up there.
This fifth year has been
a rough one. We have had numerous problems with the water
systems. 2002 has also seen us using the cottage less due to the
fact we have 2 small children. While we have many baby items up
there, they do not like to sleep there and we are all very tired after our
trip. Perhaps next year will be easier.