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Old 12-27-2014, 06:22 PM   #211
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Congratulations on securing your Orcas Island dream!!! Orcas Island is not "just an island" it's magic! So happy for you. We're heading up to Blakely tomorrow - planning on making the boat run across Rosario Strait mid-afternoon between the Small Craft Warning and the Gale Force Warning, it's supposed to calm down to manageable sea state between the two systems - Silver Fern is staying parked in Portland for a bit- Boat and Island Time on the agenda for a while. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and it sure looks like your New Year will be fantastic!
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Old 12-28-2014, 04:35 PM   #212
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becoming an islander….

so…in spite of what lawrence of arabia said…"that nothing is written"…it is written that i have found my home…

Doe Bay store/cafe reopened after some minor renovation and we we there for breakfast this morning…getting acquainted with our new neighborhood..

a very "foodie" establishment…nothing served there that is not grown on the island…all natural…all organic…all good…i had "buttermilk biscuits" with mushroom, rosemary and thyme gravy with rosemary potatoes…..

different than my mother used to make way down there in texas…

and that sort of what orcas is…sustainability…a core base that has that most important factor at heart….

there is about 3% collected on all real-estate transactions that goes to the land bank…so much of this island is under the protection…so nature can rule….

parts of this island contain areas of old growth unspoiled forests unequalled in the northwest in the pickett preserve….

recycling is the norm here…i am getting used to my recycling procedures….

in texas where (they think.. in the sort run) that land is cheap…and landfills keep expanding exponentially…and the peoples are not charged accordingly….disposal is cheap in texas…there is no penalty for our throw way culture…..

on the island…land is dear…..and STUFF HAS TO RECYCLE…my first attempt here was rejected…as i placed my recyclables incorrectly in the can…

and it is 4 times more expensive for trash pick up here as over on the distant shore,…....

and so it goes….first your money…then your clothes…...
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Old 12-29-2014, 11:06 AM   #213
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welcome to a green state where the mindset is preservation of our natural resources.
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Old 12-29-2014, 03:39 PM   #214
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Welcome to the PacNW. I'm so happy for you. We demolished our house on Fidelgo and are in the process of rebuilding. Our contractor is from Orcas. Maybe when we're both moved and settled we can do lunch. (Presently camping in my AS and on the way to AirstreamNW to deal with that damn recall). Hope your closing is smooth sailing.
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Old 12-29-2014, 04:03 PM   #215
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that'll work

Oregon Ms……

the cold canadian air mass is upon us with winds swirling and gusting towards 50 mps from the fraser valley…

made for a beautiful dance on casade bay this morning…there were hundreds of …if on land they would be called dirt devils…but in the bay they were just mini tornadoes and rainbows were coming from several of them….
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Old 12-29-2014, 09:18 PM   #216
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I'll PM you when I get closer to getting the tons of stuff that I don't miss out of storage.

Any day that the sun is shining is a good day. Nice pics.
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Old 12-30-2014, 02:38 PM   #217
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storms never last

do they baby…bad times always pass with the wind…..

and the wind blew and blew and blew on Orcas …and this morning the sun shone gloriously and
a bright crisp 26 degree day dawned on Buck Bay

today.. i started my due diligence inspections on the dream house… I met a contractor at the house…his specialty is cleaning MOSS..living, growing moss off of ones roof

the roof on this house appear to be over an inch thick cement tiles…...

so i have 21 days to inspect the house and correct any deficiencies

this is such a house…we cannot believe that we can even get close to purchasing it…but peabody is leading thru

a picture thru the trees in front

HAPPY NEW YEAR
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Old 12-30-2014, 03:23 PM   #218
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Looks beautiful, Carroll!

If it is meant to be, it will all come together.

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Old 01-02-2015, 06:31 PM   #219
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new year is here

and we are knee deep in scheduling and attending inspections of the new abode…
roof cleaners to mop the moss off the roof and treat it so it does not adhere as easily

the typical real estate home building inspection…to reveal any defects or areas of concern,….

roof is concrete tile…shake type concrete rectangles about an 1 and 1/4inches thick…….a lifetime roof they say….

house built here on the island in mid 1990's…it seems there was a housing boom here in the mid 90's as most seem to be in that range…

it has an oil fired boiler……20 years old…..soon to be replaced with an electric one…radiant heating in the floors and baseboard heat as well and two fireplaces and one wood burning stove….

original owner built... after husband died... and 10 kids were grown…lived in it 10 years and died…kids have used it as a retreat for the past 10 years …and they have deferred some maintenance items…like servicing the boiler….and painting so there are some issues to address

but nothing is simple…

but the reward in this case is great….
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Very nice indeed. I guess on the island that electric is cheaper than oil? I'm also guessing with that fireplace you'll have a heat source if the island is without power.
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That looks nice and was built with the NW in mind. Too many houses here where I live were built Scandinavian-style with high angled roofs (for snow we don't get) and don't have large covered outdoor living spaces, which is essential for extending the outdoor season. The more porch the better.

A heavy downpour is no reason to not fire up the BBQ.
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it is curious

the house was designed as an "Adirondack" style house due to the fact the owner was from that region of upstate NY and wanted that style on orcas…i'm certainly no architectural devotee…..but it seems to blend with its place on the island.

the oil furnace is noisy and a new electric will be much more efficient.

it has a generator…in case of the certain, from time to time, island power outage….as we are only connected to the mainland by a gigantic extension cord..that has been broken by a ships anchor dragging it

island life
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Do like me. When the power goes out go live in the camper.

My husband keeps moss at bay with a sprayer full of water and Tide. It works. I like the moss but then again I leave it to him to worry about the roof. I like to think about other things (like camping).

That house is real homey and has a real PacNW look to it. Those your trees too?
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