A few days before Christmas I posted about a gift I was giving my friend Jeanne and her husband Mike. It is a scrapbook that I made of one of their favorite places on earth. Their new cabin. I thought I'd share a few of the pages with you. What you need to understand as you look at them is - they are not "FooFoo" people. Clean and classic - less is more - masculine (it's Mike's fishing cabin) so the book really needed to not be country or papery or frilly. Some of you might not like how "simple" it is. Also, the pictures were taken with Mike and Jeanne in mind - to remind them what is waiting for them up in Montana. Some of the shots won't mean anything to anyone other than them. There is pretty much a story behind every photo. This cabin is Mike's dream. They just happened upon the land with the pond on it, amazingly right next door to the house they already owner. It fast became another part of their ranch.
So enjoy! Let me know what you think!
Page 1 If you enlarge - you'll see the fishing rod resting on the fence
They built this cabin with every detail in mind.
It is a tiny little one-bedroom.
They won't usually stay here, but they can when they want.
With a killer view from their bedroom window.
The little details . . .
See the Eagle charm on the photo below?
With all of the construction for nearly a year,
they needed to restock the pond with fish.
Do you know how expensive fish are? Well, the story is
the stocking had no more taken place - and Mike
was standing on the porch when a huge Golden Eagle
flew over and divebombed the pond and flew away
with one of the BIG fish. Mike yelled at him
"Hey! Do you know how much that fish cost?" :)
Thus, the eagle charm
The story here is the apple orchard out back. Their land backs up to
National Forest. Lots of wildlife.
When they were landscaping and trying to bring
the land back to all of it's natural plants and grasses, they asked how they
could provide an extra food source for the animals.
The expert suggested apple trees.
"Will we get bears?" Mike asked eagerly. "Yup!"
So they planted an apple orchard.
And just when they were ready to pick the apples and enjoy
the "fruits of their labor" a bear came down before hibernating last fall
and promptly ate every apple off each tiny tree.
He just sat there - grabbed the tree, brought it down to
his level and had a feast. Well! They wanted bears! They got them!
That's what the "bribes" journaling is about. :)
This is my favorite shot. I was down on the dock looking back up.
It is a spectacular cabin. Just perfect for Mr. Mike.
And that is just a few pages of my gift to them for Christmas. And they loved it. YAY!
Well, back to putting the Christmas decorations away. . .