tiny house base camp

Did you celebrate Canada Day yesterday? Did you eat strawberry shortcake and wave tiny paper flags while waiting for the small town parade? However you chose to do-it-up, I hope your day was grand. We spent most of the day hunkered down at our place. Went running, soldered some new cables and sat outside with snacks and beers - all of which was very patriotic. It's been on my mind for a while to snap some pics of our current camp, but what can I say, I've been easily sidetracked - until yesterday.
I guess these photographs are for my own memory than anything else. So here we are, our tiny house in the country...

Our tiny house is located at the back of a large farm. We overlook a giant pond (which is clean and great for swimming) and have more outdoor space than the dogs know what to do with.
The house itself is just shy of 600 sq/ft, but suits us perfectly. There are tons of windows that let the light shine in, and at night showcase the brilliant firefly displays. Life is good.

Hope you've got some fun plans for the weekend. We've got a gig on Friday night then we're heading over to the Mariposa Folk Festival to catch Lucinda William's show on Saturday night. In-between we'll be working on Miss Winnie to get her fixed up for our July 25th test run.

Cheers to the summer finally arriving, we'll see you soon!


And then there were two


Holy smokes you guys, the weeks are flying by! It's hard to believe that June is practically over and July is just around the corner. We've been crazy busy with gigs the past few months and heading into the summer there's no sign of stopping or slowing - if you're interested in catching a show, here's the list of where we'll be.

In other news, we bought another RV.... Sometimes things just happen, you know. We weren't actively looking for another but we've found that when such things present themselves you just have to jump.

Our new girl is identical to our old girl - they're both 1976 Winnebago Chieftains (bizarre huh!). Winnie #2 is in way better shape than Winnie #1, plus she's undergone some super-beneficial engine modifications (she's basically a Ferrari). We brought her home from Sudbury last Sunday (she migrated the northern highway like a champ - as briefly documented in the video above). She's currently parked outfront of our tiny cottage, and everytime I look the window I can't help but smile.

Work is progressing on her interior at a quick pace, and hopefully we'll have some progress updates for you in the coming weeks. We've set a test-run date for July 25th when we're playing at a festival and want to make a grand entrance in our sweet rig (and have a comfy place to camp after the show).

Stay tuned folks, we'll see ya soon!


Long Weekend Rambles

Two years ago we steered our dusty, road-weary truck back through the familiar streets of Orillia, thus marking the end of our journey that took us to Texas and back. It was Easter weekend of 2013 and there was still snow on the ground. We've done alot in these two years, and I like to think we're just scratching the surface of adventures to come.

On the evening of Good Friday, I changed out of my trackpants, put on some fancy earrings and we had ourselves a date night. We ventured to Barnstormer Brewery for some pizza and beer (a very Eastery thing to do). Unfortunately the service was sub-par and the dim-witted employee messed up our order twice... it's pizza... and beer... not rocket science. After leaving there, we scooted down to Flying Monkey's Brewery and got a few bottles to take home (Oatmeal Stout and a tasty Nut Brown ale). Sorry for the lack of visual stimulation, I forgot my phone at home...

Saturday brought us to Collingwood for a gig at Northwinds Brewery (what can I say, we like Breweries). We played to a mellow happy hour crowd from 4-7pm, whilst sampling a few of their many over-the-top brews (I'm looking at you Route 26, an American Brown Ale to die for). After our last set, we were treated to a bite to eat (spicy chorizo tacos for me, a big ol' poutine for Brad) and then hit the road back home. It was nice to be home on a Saturday night before 9pm.

Sunday morning we laced up our sneakers and put in a lovely 6K run with Winnie up the Oro rail trail. The sun was shining, the trails were empty and it felt so good to get out and move.
After we got home, we gussied ourselves up and headed into town for brunch with the Campbell family followed by dinner at my moms. By the time Sunday evening rolled around, I never wanted to eat again.

Monday was our chill day. Reaping the benefits of my government job meant I had an extra day off. After the all-day eating festival that was Sunday, we hit the trails again and clocked another 6K. After sitting around bored for an hour or so, we hopped in the car and headed north to Gravenhurst for some more brewery action ('cause three breweries in a weekend is not enough). We took a quick pit-stop at Webers for cheeseburger before continuing on to Sawdust City Brewery, where we each ordered a 5-sample flight. We pop into Sawdust every Tuesday night after our Oar & Paddle gig to fill up our growlers for the week, but we never try their ever-changing feature beers, and so that's exactly what we did.

Here's what I had:
#7-Deforestation {bourbon barrel-aged imperial brown ale, super smooth and lovely}
#8-Cherry Pi {saison - a little too fruity for my liking}
#12-Hwy69 (collab with Stack Brewing - definately my fave of the bunch)
#6-Long Dark Voyage to Uranus {imperial stout - heavy stuff, brought back memories of beer fest...}
#9-There's No Way of Knowing {seasonal saison - light and fresh, but a little boring}

Brad's line-up differed only by one beer. Instead of the Cherry Pi he opted for one of their flagship beers - Skinny Dippin' Stout (which is quite tasty and in our regular weekly rotation).

And that, in a nutshell was our Easter weekend of brewery visits and eating. Not too shabby.


Sunday Morning Syrupfest

On Sunday morning after the pot of coffee had run dry and neither Brad nor I were making any advances to start cooking breakfast, we decided to trek down to Shaw's Maple Syrup for a big ol' pancake breakfast. Shaw's is just down the road from our place, and since it was such a bright and sunny day, we laced up our sneakers and headed out on foot.

When we arrived the place was packed. So we stood in line and waited our turn, luckily it didn't take too long and before we got ravenous we were seated.

The portions were huge and the cups of syrup were generous. We inhaled our way through stacks of fluffy golden pancakes and a side of maple baked beans - so good! After licking our plates, we were stuffed and happy to have the walk home to digest our massive feast.

We were greeted by these guys once we got back to the farm. Not a bad welcoming crew.


Into the wilds

Alot has changed since the last post (from last September... gah), so here's the skinny on what we've been up to.

We closed up our guitar shop at the end of January so that our plans of hitting the road in the fall of 2015 could be put into motion. While the shop was holding it's own (business-wise), we knew that all the money brought in from my day job had to be sacked away into savings, and didn't want to take a risk of not having a nest egg in place for go-time. And so, on a blustery cold afternoon when all the glitz of Christmas had faded, we loaded the last few guitars and a few boxes of strings into the back of the truck and drove away. It was bittersweet, but I think Brad and I both realized that staying in one place for a long period of time, was not a good fit for us. We loved everything about Ironside and it was truly a dream-come-true to design, open and run our perfect guitar shop - but it was also very refreshing to realize that this wasn't our forever spot. We met alot of great folks from all over, and for that, we're forever grateful - thanks friends!

With the closing of the shop came a re-location to quieter grounds. For those that didn't know, we lived in a tiny apartment above the shop. While the commute was great and being in the heart of downtown had its many advantages (I'm looking at you, liquor store...) we felt we needed to get away from the scene, and give the dogs some space to roam (secondfloor living has its disadvantages if you're a dog...). We were incredibly lucky to have this little gem offered up to us by some amazingly-awesome folks that we've been blessed to get to know. Sitting at the back of a 60-acre horse farm in the beautiful wilds of Oro, lies our own tiny house (on the banks of our own tiny lake). We're incredibly happy here and if it were not for our roaming hearts, we'd likely stay forever.

Hopefully things will start to pick back up around here. Miss Winnie still has plenty of work to be done before she's in tip-top shape for her big trip next fall. She'll be joining us up here at our new place in the next few weeks - so stay tuned.


and then it was fall...

I can’t believe we’re half-way through September. I’m still trying to figure out where June went, not to mention July and August.

We had a crazy-busy summer including a 5-day road drip to Cape Breton Island (basically straight there and back), our first music festival (as hired musicians) up in Thunder Bay plus a small-but-mighty Ontario tour.

Being that we were gigging so much, it didn’t leave alot of time for working on Miss Winnie (sad face here). We finally finished gutting the interior (fully, completely) and removed the many layers of the old rotting roof. She remained a convertible for most of the summer, but we’ve been back down to the farm a few times in the last couple of weeks and she’s sporting a brand new plywood roof. The rubber membrane has yet to be applied, but this was a pretty major step.

The plywood has only been cut and laid into place, not secured yet - but progress none the less!

Hank has already claimed his spot. 
Those chairs will be re-covered, not down with the dusty rose or the ruffles.

Helping out with the roof, before getting called out for taking a selfie (in overalls no less).

We're hoping to have the drive lines inspected and wheels back on by Thanksgiving - when she'll hopefully be making her migration up to Oro to spend her winter in a lovely horse arena - and will receive the major interior work.


Getting ahead of myself

I realize we're a long (looooong) way off from getting the interior of Miss Winnie ready for livin' the high-life, but that won't stop me from dreaming up what she'll look like.

A few weeks ago I won some super-luxe wallpaper from this blog - I nearly shit my pants when I found out I had won. It was a pure and utter coincidence that the giveaway was for the exact wallpaper that I was dreaming about for Miss Winnie, but with a lofty price tag of $125/roll, I was really on the fence about pulling the trigger. Clearly it was meant to be.


So here's what I'm thinking:
For the kitchen cabinets, we're going to use Ikea wall units for the bases. Why wall cabinets, you ask? Since they come in a shallower depth (13" vs 26"), it'll help open up the floor space - making the kitchen/living room feel slightly bigger.

I'm trying to decide whether to go with laminate wood flooring or commercial-grade vinyl tiles. Still on the fence, but I think I'm leaning towards the vinyl tiles. For one, I love the look of a black floor and two, I think the installation will be waaay easier.

I'm going to order this chair from Amazon, hoping it will help create an airy feel - again, trying to make the tiny space feel bigger than it is. Optical illusions, y'all.

The fold-down table is also from Ikea and will be great to tuck-away to open up the space even more. On the other side of the table, we'll be building a bench seat/mini-couch with hopefully lots of comfy pillows (that I'm sure Hank will claim right away).

but alas, there's still so much to do...