Monday, July 27, 2009

Sum-sum-summertime!

They can't really be serious, but I am pretty stoked about this week's forecast:

30 degrees in Whitehorse? Practically unheard of, but awesome!


Saturday, July 25, 2009

Brown White and Khaki

I always think of myself as a person who loves crazy pattens and lots of colour in my clothes. So imagine my surprise when I looked at this, the first items of my closet that have been unpacked:
Apparently I am a lover of neutrals after all. Just wanted to take note. Back to your regularly scheduled blog reading. Nothing to see here...

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Summer Light

Is it crazy to live in a place where winters regularly see temperatures in the -40C range all because you are in love with the light? Tonight the sky was, as it has been regularly, glorious and kind of on fire in the north-west which made Grey Mountain glow pink and Golden Horn shine as though it was lit from within.
Yukon light is the most amazing thing. Okay, Alaskan light is probably in the same category (and likely in the NWT and Nunavut as well, but still...). It makes my heart swell and shivers run up my spine. In the right circumstances it brings a tear to my eye. I feel so lucky to live here.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Treasures and Trash

We continue to slog through some of the basic changes we want to make to the house. Basically this means ripping all the carpet out, cleaning, and removing parts of the house that we don't ever plan to keep (the valance in the living room, the fireplace insert, the cupboards between the kitchen and the dining room, the deck). I really enjoy thinking about the past history of the house and who might have lived here, what they did, etc. So far the neatest thing I've come across was in the fireplace - this wedding card:
I wonder who Sandra and Chris are and how long they lived here. They aren't on any of the title documents for this house (and there have been 11 owners since 1968). So presumably the house was rented out at some time. I guess the card looks sort of 80s to me, but then again a card like this could probably still be purchased today so who knows. As always - thoughts welcome!

Monday, July 13, 2009

In the Middle of Our Street

We bought a house. Actually, we bought it back in June, but we got possession of our house last week. I am very excited - and somewhat nervous/intimidated - about the renovations we want to carry out. Here's the scoop:
The house was built in c.1955. I say circa because there aren't actually any records for it at the land titles office until 1968 because until that date the land it is on belonged to the Canadian military and there were no records created about its construction (or at least the military didn't pass the records on to the Yukon Land Titles Office). In aerial photos of the area the house does not appear in 1947, but it can be seen by 1959. I'm working on digging up images of the neighbourhood in the intervening years to try and firm up a construction date.

Our place, and many other houses in our little 'suburb' was probably built ad-hoc. There are about 6-7 house styles in our 'hood and I call ours the Monopoly hotel (because that's what the core structure looks like to me - a 2 story rectangle body with a triangle roof). Apparently these designs were common to most Canadian miliatry bases of that era. Anyhow, in 1968 after the RCAF base was closed, the area was broken up into 126 lots (prior to that date all of Hillcrest was known as lot 421) and our house was sold, in September 1968, to a William and Mary King.

The archivist in me is now going to do some digging on past owners, actual date of construction and general history of the neighbourhood. Oh - and I'll be posting photos of our renovations as we go too. If anyone has any thoughts to share on renovations generally or design ideas, I would be happy to hear them.