One super fun item I got to do today was fluff up and email over my digital scrapbook of cabins, chalets and treehouses to an architect who will likely be creating some graphic depictions of our proposed units to present to potential investors to give them a sense of our vision. A ‘market drawing’ if you will. This meant I got pour through internet images of treehouses and cabins and chalets and find the ones that most resonate with what we are looking to create. And this is my job?! I could get used to it. Just look at some of these beautiful structures from around the world that we are using for visual inspiration:
Meanwhile, yesterday at Mission HQ, Elovie and Rhiordan learned the fine art of stopping a sled that has momentum! There was just enough snow up there that the kids got to sled around for a little while, while Daddy painted linseed oil onto boards inside that he will later use to create a privacy screen for our makeshift bathroom. I guess they call that a “Wall.” Elovie is really excited for the bathroom and asks if John’s made it yet every time we go up! She says her cat (pictured below) named Silver really needs a potty.
This week, my focus is on tightening up the numbers in our Pro Forma P&L and transforming all of our raw spreadsheet data into understandable, compelling financials to present to potential investors hopefully just after Thanksgiving. Meanwhile Johnny has all the fun: turning the shell of a cabin that was on the property when we purchased last month, into ‘Mission HQ’ – installing a woodstove, insulating the basement, setting up safety rails, etc.
The kids and I are there to “help” (hinder) him every weekend, but he is the champion/workhorse on that front. On the weekends, my task is simple: occasional muscle, and kid-duty. Last weekend, John helped me put up an old swing my Dad gave us and at least that keeps the kids busy for a few hours each day, buying me time to prep and cook up some awesome camp meals! Saturday, after letting our appetites restore for a few hours following our Acadian breakfast of Mailhot’s sausage and ployes with Maine maple syrup, we ended up having grilled paninis on our camp stove. Sautéed zucchini, peppers and onions STILL GOOD from this years garden (yyyeeooow!!) with an herb/cream cheese spread and olive tapenade. Yeah, we really rough it when we’re there….
Thank you for your interest in our journey as we create our backcountry, alpine, food-focused eco-glamping accommodation in Greenwood, Maine! Our goal for this blog is to keep our friends and followers informed about the evolution of our Sanctuary.
My name is Karen Bolduc, and it is my voice you’ll hear in this blog. Writing this blog post is itself representative of the current step we’re on in our creation process: Develop a landing/shell website and open social media accounts. This is approximately step 12 of the many, many steps that we are tracking using a tool called a Gannt Chart, designed to illustrate a project schedule and show the dependency relationships between scheduled activities or steps.
I have 2 personal intentions for this blog: 1) to make the process of creating something big, overwhelming, unproven, expensive, and extraordinarily unconventional not seem so scary to folks – maybe it can inspire you do tap into your own passions and talents and do the same! And 2) to share the ups and downs of this process with our future guests. We expect it to be a crazy ride! We’re only 1 year into this journey so far and already the rollercoaster is yak-worthy!