June 11th, 2015 – The Split Crow is in the water!

11 Jun

It has been quite some time since I’ve written on the blog so I will try and get everyone up to date by writing the condensed version of what we’ve been up to since September.

We bought an industrial building at 360 Water Street in Summerside, PEI. If you check it out on Google Street View, you’ll think we were crazy but we were given permission from the City of Summerside to turn it into our residence. The building is right on the water (the Summerside Harbour which leads out to the Northumberland Strait) and right downtown. It was exactly what we were looking for even though it didn’t really resemble a house. Dennis was the one who saw the potential of the building and we are now in the process of renovating it. Thanks to a number of Summerside people, Jeff Barry, Wilfred Smith, Scott Buchanan, Roy Kilbride, Denis the painter and especially William Jones (I will write an entire post about William in a few days but needless to say, he is one amazing carpenter!), the place is looking awesome! We should be able to move in at the end of July.

Here is a picture of before and after (so far…)

Before and after (so far...)

Before and after (so far…)

We bought 360 Water Street in August of 2014 and once the deal went through, we put the Split Crow away for the winter (in Souris, PEI) and went home to get ready to sell our house in the spring. Within a week of being home, we got an unexpected visit. Janice Hughes, the owner of Hughes Communications, had a boat to cottage on Trout Lake but was thinking that she would like to move to a more permanent location and had heard that our house was going to be for sale. She looked around and I knew within five minutes that she was going to buy our house. Long story short, she did and is very happy there roaming the trails with her dog Daisy and paddling around in Crow Lake. Here are the pictures of the place that I posted on Flickr.

We spent the entire fall, winter and spring getting rid of most of our belongings. Dennis had quite a bit of worldly goods that he had to “thin out”. He was going from 23 acres to about 50 feet so there was no room for his collection of treasures.

We finally managed to get rid of a lot of stuff, loaded up the rest in a 20 foot U-Haul and headed out on June 2nd for PEI. We arrived the next day in the evening and just about froze! There was a frost warning out – yikes! Over the next two days, we unloaded our belongings into two storage lockers and basically got in William the carpenter’s way because we were so impressed with the work that had been done. We could not believe the transformation. I will post pictures of it on a later date.

At 360 Water Street, part of the building is rented out to a computer company – LiveTechs. The owner, Allan Ramjattan, has been very patient with the construction. He is a great guy and so easy to get along with. The other part of the building used to be rented out to a hair salon but we will be turning that into Dennis’ workshop for our very small business, the PEI Wooden Spoon and Sewing Company.

We suspect that there were a lot of people wondering what we were up to. Somehow, (thanks William :)) we were interviewed by the Journal Pioneer. Here is the article.

Finally, finally, on to the boat! We have officially moved onto the boat for the summer and will be bringing it to Summerside on Saturday and Sunday if weather permits. The boat went in the water today and we are very comfortable on it. Here are a few pictures of it being moved from the yard to the water.

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If you’re interested in seeing the boat going into the water, please watch last year’s video – it was pretty much the same thing except that Dennis and Peter had different shirts on (we hope!). Here it is:

Anyway, that’s about all the news for tonight. As you can see from my final picture, the boat is safely in the water. 🙂



Posted by on June 11, 2015 in Everything Else!


3 responses to “June 11th, 2015 – The Split Crow is in the water!

  1. Ernie Berken

    June 12, 2015 at 2:03 am

    Congradulations on your move to greener pastures and Green Gables.
    It must also be a comforting feeling to be back on the Split Crow.
    We hope that you both have fair weather sailing this summer.
    We now have a very good reason to visit P.E.I. some day.
    Denese has been there once when visiting a friend in Moncton a few years back.
    I never have been but am anxious to get there.
    Bon voyage. Ernie and Denese in Yukon.

  2. Lisa

    June 12, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Sounds like a great retirement, so far!

  3. Jen Wand

    June 13, 2015 at 9:47 am

    I’m loving the progress! Everything sounds wonderful for your next adventure. Very excited for you guys. I wanted to thank you again for the wooden spoon/spatula. I’m using them this morning. Happy Sailing and renovating! Jen Wand (from Powassan/Parry Sound)


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