Men Who Build Stuff

I promised to follow up with two different men who both work on houses.  

One – John – has been working on a BIG house, restoring it by himself.

The other – Jean – creates tiny houses – for birds. When last we heard from Jean, he was working on his Xtreme Birdhouse.  While I was impatiently waiting for the photos of the finished product, Jean sent me these other ones, made from the corks of wine bottles and said:

“I can assure you that I was totally sober when I worked on those…. lol…..”

Jean Long's Wine cork Birdhouse

Jean Long’s Wine cork Birdhouse

I promised to believe him.  Which doesn’t mean YOU have to.

Jean Long's Creation

Jean Long’s Creation

As for his Xtreme Birdhouse, it’s complete, and it’s even larger than it looks in these photos:

Bird Cathedral by Jean Long

Bird Cathedral by Jean Long

 Which may explain why Jean calls it “The Bird Cathedral”.  Congrats, Jean, on one heck of a birdhouse! Here’s another view:

Jean Long's Bird Cathedral

Jean Long’s Bird Cathedral

So let’s go over now to Prince Edward County and check in with John, our intrepid house-restorer, and his wife Ann. When last we heard, they were about to move into the beautiful old house. Here are some photos, starting with Ann sitting on the step waiting for the truck:

Blog Photo - John's House Waiting for Movers

Blog Photo - John's House Moving Truck

John says: “The Move went as smooth as SILK!!  No surprises, no grief, and very good weather!”

Blog Photo - John's Hosue Ann unrolls carpetThe couple had spent the days prior cleaning the house,  and now it was time to roll out the rugs and put things in their places:

Blog Photo - John unrolls carpet

Blog Photo - John's living room with sofa

Blog Photo - Ann in Dining Room

Within a day or two, the dining room, living room, master bedroom and third floor den were partially set up.

Blog Photo - John's third Floor Partly set up

John’s office, meanwhile,  looks like it’s always been there….

Blog Photo - John at Office desk

Of course, there’s a lot of work left to do. They’re also keeping an eye on the garden, to determine how much work it will require. But one thing you and I know about John: he has a plan for getting it all done perfectly, and on time. 

Ann and John, congratulations.

Top 4 photos by Jean Long, remainder by John Garside.

 

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17 responses to “Men Who Build Stuff

  1. Pretty handy crafty people.

  2. Love the wee houses and the big house is wonderful too!

  3. Fabulous houses, big and small. Did Jean tell you which birds come to the Cathedral?

  4. What spoilt birds Jean must have! Ann and John’s house looks wonderful.

  5. What a lovely post Cynthia! I love the sweet birdhouses and the story of the move to the lovely large house.

  6. Wow – I am loving the third floor of that house! I could look at houses all day.And the birdhouses are spectacular – now that’s a labor of love.

  7. Nothing satisfies like a new home – soon to become A Good Home for birdies and people.

    • I asked Jean what kind of birds nest there. Wrens so far. He made the holes small, so big birds couldn’t enter. Meanwhile, there’s a wild turkey nesting on 11 eggs nearby. Maybe Jean will send me a photo. Spring is such a time of marvels and surprises.

  8. That bird cathedral has a bit of a jenga look about it. Very cool. Loved the cork ones, too. And John’s house! Wow, I love that day bed! Fantastic.

    Cheers

    MTM

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