"Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home." ~ Matsuo Basho

Now ...End of 2010, beginning of 2011

We ...are Gilles and Sheree. Gilles is a retired CBC newsgatherer and an awesome builder. Sheree's a writer, storyteller & lipslippery wordsmith. We have a resident dog named Burnzee (after poet Robbie Burns.) 

Are ...building a home we’ve dreamed about, and learning to live where we dream.

Home ...is Pictou County, Nova Scotia


Home is an ongoing creation no matter where we are. 

Home is the earth. 
Home is the Merry-times for this merry-ed couple.  
Home means each other.

We have no blueprint and Gilles is the designer, builder, contractor and jack of all trades. He's doing this almost all himself.  (He is like Bob Villa on steroids.)


So... this corner of the blog, complete with video podcasts, is a way for us to capture and reflect upon the process of home building.

A way to stay awake. Wonder. Learn. Keep a record. For us. For family. We hope to share some insights and info as we go along. Like how to build a house around a cabin? Like why did we install geothermal? Like what is a sheet metal break? Like how do you build a cornice? What's fascia? What do you feed a hungry man after a day on the roof? Why hands matter.

We plan on more audio/video than written words but sometimes things I'm working on, writing about and wondering over might appear here. As poem. Or essay. Or rant. Time will tell.

We are, literally, under construction.

Life as a work in progress.
Or maybe guess work.  
A dot to dot puzzle. 
Who knows exactly what picture we're making----

Here's to old ways of doing 
new ways of being, 
a New Year ahead.


Beginnings. Ring a ding ding.     
Endless Possibilities. 
Um.. endless mistakes, too. 

I see juicy metaphors in the building, being, discovering and dreaming.       

French Verb of the Day :  Commencer
Inuktitut Word of the Day :  Pijiarniq ...the beginning...or the start.