Along Englishmen River

When Everette and I moved to Vancouver Island with our two little girls back in 1991 we settled in the no-building code  area of Errington where we lived in a 21′ motorhome while we fell, skidded, peeled and fully scribed logs for making this….log house

This is the log house Everette and I built with help from Mom and Dad Johnson. Having built several houses over the years being in construction this is the house we reminisce the most about, and this is the property that holds the most wonderful (and difficult) memories for us as a small and young family.

We wrestled with pulling salal & feeding the never-ending yard fire to clear the land; our phone was mounted inside a wooden box hung on the telephone pole in the middle of the yard; mice destroyed our belongings stored in a shed outback; mice climbed thru the floorboards by the gas pedal in our motorhome and ran along the curtain rod inches above my head to jump on the kitchen counter; flying ants rained on the tin roof and crawled in our bed; cats dropped salamanders in our living room; ants infested our stock of pine stacked in our dining room;  it was so black at night we couldn’t see each other in bed nor our hand held in front of our nose; we shovelled snow into our canning pot to melt on the wood stove so we could wash dishes; Rauchelle was given a hatchet at 4 yrs old to peel all the handrails for the front of the house….and never had an injury.

Money was tight so we started with just one free window and door.  When the time came to put another window in Everette would start up the Husquavarna and carve out the opening, filling the house with gas and saw dust.  Oh…those were the days!

End of Englishmen River Rd we took the path to the river where we spent many summer days playing in the water.  Always freezing cold, from that glacial melt.

Layne pointed out all she reminisces about.

Layne pointed out all she reminisces about.

Who'll get pushed in first?

Who’ll get pushed in first?  Mitchell, Maret and Anders.

Laars was wanting to go swimming, so Everette

Laars was wanting to go swimming, so Everette was helping him experience how cold it was no.  No Sea of Cortez here!!

Anders on the swing

Anders on the swing

Sibling Love

Sibling Love (Layne and Mitchell)

After our log house we built another house with Mom and Dad Johnson but it was placed on the property so it wasn’t viewable from the street and now the greenery is even thicker.  But we did take a walk down the path that wound through the forest past that property and we threw rocks and floated wooden boats (twigs and bark) and tried to sink them.  Toveli began building a bridge from rocks while I sat and enjoyed the gurgling water and the smell of the forest.

Forest walk

Danaka and Toveli were hoping to scare the others coming down the path.

Anders

Anders

Layne & David

Layne & David

Laars talked and talked while David built a little boat.

Laars talked and talked while David built a little boat.

Handsome Mitchell

Handsome Mitchell

Toveli enjoying the various greens of the forest

Toveli enjoying the various greens of the forest

Laars shot pebbles at the bull's eye

Laars shot pebbles at the bull’s eye

 

For those who are directionally challenged.

For those who are directionally challenged.

We drove up to Englishmen River Falls Provincial Park for another walk in the forest, and to practice spitting off the bridge!!  The simple things in life!

Mitch at the falls

Mitch at the falls

Looking north from the bridge.

Looking north from the bridge.

Spitting off the bridge to the water below, aiming between the channel.

Spitting off the bridge to the water below, aiming between the channel.

After a lunch break we made one more stop to absorb the power and majesty of the rainforest.  Cathedral Grove, on the way out to Port Alberni and BC’s own Long Beach (we didn’t go there, but if YOU were you’d drive right thru this beautiful grove of massive trees.)

Butt power

Butt power

Forest

Forest

Natural bridge

Natural bridge

Inside a tree

Inside a tree

Danaka gazing upwards

Danaka gazing upwards

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6 thoughts on “Along Englishmen River

  1. I really enjoyed this! I have life long friends who built their home from scratch the same way you did, north of Kingston, WA. But they did not have as much “fun” as you did with the critters and other challenges. I sent this blog to them. They built in the ’70’s and still live there.

    • Thanks, Lila. That log house still holds the biggest attachment probably out of all the houses we’ve built. Those critters are part of the fun of it all!!

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