Thursday, December 16, 2010

We're back...

We're back from a great 9 days in Barbados and being on the ground seeing the build for ourselves.  We had a whirlwind time of selecting and purchasing everything from tiles to drawer pulls.  We're loving the process... the pictures speak for themselves...

Just off Air Canada and can't believe it!!

Now THAT'S a boom truck!!

Hmmm, this could lead to a design change.

Len (Tracy's Dad) & John checking out the second floor

Coffee on the upstairs patio.  Note the Caribbean Sea in the background.

Who needs a roof with a sky like that??

The Friday Tradition - Beers at quitting time.

What a view...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

And the winner is...

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest.  There were 12 participants with correct entries and one who danced on the wrong dead man’s chest.

The correct answer to the question is Samuel Hall Lord, commonly known as Sam Lord.

The names of all participants who submitted the correct answer were transcribed onto individual ballots.  These ballots were then placed into the hoody of one of our contest officials.  To ensure anonymity and complete fairness, the winning entry was pulled by the contest master, who donned a welding mask as a further control measure in this blind and completely impartial draw.

So it’s yo ho ho and a bottle of rum to Bill and Sue Little of Stratford.   Congratulations!! 

Look for more contests in the coming weeks with prizes direct from Barbados.

John & Tracy
Our contest officials at work

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December Contest

The Question: 

Name the real pirate of the Caribbean, whose castle estate located in St. Philip, Barbados, was later turned into a hotel.

  • Eligibility: Open to anyone who is on John and Tracy’s Blog Email Mailing List.  (If you received this email directly from, you’re eligible)
  • Contest Period: Starting on December 3rd, 2010 12:00am EST  to December 12th, 2010 11:59pm EST
  • Participants may enter the contest by emailing their answer to
  • Contest Entry: Upon submission of the correct answer by email, eligible participants will be entered into the Contest for one (1) chance to win the Prize.
  • Contest Entry Restrictions: Participants are restricted to one (1) entry per person, per household. 
  • Awarding of Prize: The Prize will be awarded to the participant whose entry, with the correct answer, has been randomly drawn.
There will be one (1) prize awarded for the December contest as follows:
  • One (1) 750ml bottle of Old Brigand Rum, product of Barbados.  (naturally)  This is not available in Canada. 
  • Prize Draw: The Prize will be awarded by random draw.  The draw will be from a hat, by a third party.  (Somebody in the Stratford Shakespeare Festival Scenic Carpenter Shop)
  • Notification of Selection: The selected Participant will be contacted at the email address used to enter the contest.  Notice will also be posted on the blog.  If the Prize is not claimed within 14 days of notification, John and Tracy will consume on behalf of the contest winner.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Flying Along

After just one month, it looks like they are ready to pour the second floor.
Check out the blog in the next few days for the first contest.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Catching Up

It’s been just over three weeks since the start of the build and we can hardly keep up.  These guys are moving fast!!
Here are a series of shots to bring you up to speed.  From here on, we’ll blog once a week with updates. 
John & Tracy

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

We've Broken Ground

After almost two years of dreaming, planning and working with an architect, we've finally broken ground(October 29th) and our house project is underway.