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Aerial view of the island. Thanks to my brother.


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Another aerial shot of our end of the island. Our lots are about where the 'w' is in 'we'.


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A photo taken by our neighbour after the storm had passed. a lot of trees hung up in each other and more than a little dangerous.


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What was left of one of our cabins. Our neighbour was kind and brave enough to get a tarp in there and cover the cabin up in hopes that we could salvage somthing out of there.


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Another tree...funny that. This one took out the side porch roof, crunched the chimney stack and knocked off the corner of the main cabin roof.


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Homesteader Girl.


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The backhoe arrives to clear out the rest of the stumps and to collect the logs that were cut for the portable mill.


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Here it's still looking like a disaster. Miles from where we started.


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In order to connect the two roofs we had to run a new ridgepole and decide on the pitch we wanted the roof to have. That was a hard day. I remember I almost broke my arm. (well, I didn't but someone else had dropped a 2x4 on me.)


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Old roof off and ready for the new one!


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How exactly does an old roof come off? Very easily we found out. Just call in Jim the Demo Guy!


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This giant tree and his friend right next to him were 8 feet from the door of the cabin. Now they are part of the new cabin


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Another photo after the storm. A little farther out so you can see the perspective.


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Where the tarp is the once was a cabin.


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Ella loves the beach. Savary is essentially a giant sandbar the grew some trees. When the tide goes out there's acres of beach to enjoy.


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Here's a view from the road into our lot. Everytime I see this picture I can't wait to get back there to the cosy cabin.


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We recycled as much as we could from the crushed cabin. To construct the new cabin we rebuilt the destroyed cabin next to the remaining cabin. Then we joined the two together.


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You need a floor to join two cabins together. Here it is!


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The crushed cabin was 8x8. The main cabin was 8x12. When we joined them together we realized a perfect opportunity for a knitting and BBQ deck.


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Look at all those lovely logs. Perfect for building a cabin in the woods. Those are the salvagable lengths for the wood mill.


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All those bad trees get loaded onto the mill and chopped up for use in constructing the new cabin.


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Marv, the mill master, runs the logs on the portable mill. He's cutting them up into useable lumber.


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This is the bad boy that did it all. This tree was 5 feet across at the base! When we counted the rings we realized that it was also older than Canada! This was so big that it took most of the other trees with it when it fell.


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Here's the new cabin coming along. The new roof is on and we're just finishing up the siding.


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Front side of the new cabin. Roof on and tarped. This is when we decide to move the biffy.


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Side view after the dozer was in and cleared out a good portion of the mess. Now we had room to move and work.


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Back side of the cabin after the dozer and backhoe had pulled all the stumps and graded some of the land. Still have to add the overhang on the left side but the siding is up and we're dry.


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I found this interesting funghi/lichen/mushroom formation growing off some of the fallen trees.


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Side cabin view. The porch roof is on and it's all shingled.


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It really is starting to come together here. We can actually see an end and think about getting back to relaxing and collecting seashells!


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What more could you want? A fridge, a sink, drawers and some cupboard space and I call that a kitchen.


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Side view Sept 2004. The over hang is complete, the landscaping has been started, look at the tree that used to be in the middle of everything and had started it all! We gave his tree spirit the respect it deseved and we put him on display. He's now our yard art. We call him the 'Savary Spider' others like to call him 'The Octopus'.


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The view out the front door Sept 2004.


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The front view in Sept 2004. The woodshed has been built, the temporary dog run is up, the biffy got moved. All the hard labour is done.


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More Sept 2004. The deck is on, the yard art is installed, the umbrella is up. Looks like a days worth of log cutting and splitting for firewood and the lot will be tidy again.


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Now that's a cabin!