Wednesday, December 28, 2016

2016 Top Ten Float Cabin Living Posts

Come on a year-end tour of the most popular
2016 float cabin living posts.

Rotating chimney cap reduces smoke blowback
Woodstove Rotating Chimney Cap -- Last winter our rotating chimney cap rusted away. To prevent smoke blow-back during windy storms, we quickly replaced it. The woodstove is the heart of our cabin, without it we couldn't live here in all seasons.

Flying home with the spinnaker.
Spring and Fall Sailing -- Late last year, Wayne and I purchased a small sailboat named Ste. Marie. We've been teaching ourselves to sail here on Powell Lake. We have the most fun using the large red and white spinnaker for long leisurely trips home from town.

Marigolds in the narrow "gutter" garden.
Rain Gutter Garden (Sort Of) -- I was cleaning moss out of a notch along the side of my floating garden and thought it would make a great spot for a narrow self watering gutter-style garden. The strawberries didn't survive, but I had beautiful marigolds all summer long.

Pollen created artistic images in the water.
Pollen Art -- Each spring there's lots of pollen in the air and on the water. Some of the heavy producers are alder, fir, pine, and hemlock. This year it was especially thick, creating artistic images in the water. And it left an enduring "rings around" the rock wall.

Hungry hummingbirds at the feeder.
Hummingbird Feeding Frenzy -- I put up my first feeder at the cabin. There were so many birds at the feeder that it became a feeding frenzy. You can watch them at my YouTube channel. The first video is normal speed, and the second one is in slow motion.

Self-loading logging truck.
Logging Equipment -- Last summer Wayne and I took our barge to the head of Powell Lake for a camping trip and to ride our quads on the many dirt roads. Logging activity was in full swing. While we were there, we saw Terry's Edgehill Hauling and Towing tug bring in more equipment.

Lots of jam making and canning.
Concord Grape and Plum Jam -- Over the summer I did lots of canning and preserving. I made both blackberry and grape and plum jam. Cucumber and zucchini pickles and relish preserved my garden produce. Gleaned apples made an almost free addition to my pantry.

Mounted Mason Bee hotels at the float cabin.
Building a Mason Bee Hotel -- In March, the Mason Bees arrived. They are solitary bees that lay eggs in small holes. Wayne and I quickly made a bee hotel to hang on our porch. We drilled nesting blocks and redesigned an old birdhouse. Check here for my bee hotel update.

No-bake sourdough bread in a dutch oven.
No-Knead Sourdough Bread -- I found the perfect recipe for no-bake sourdough. First, I had to recondition my cast iron dutch oven. Each time I made the bread I learned something new. Here are some No-Knead Sourdough Bread Tips for making it even better.

Our cabin in Pacific Coastal's Soar magazine.
Powell Lake Cabins in Cottage Life Magazine -- Wayne and I enjoy sharing about our off-the-grid float cabin lifestyle. This year we were included in a Cottage Life and Soar magazine articles. Online we were featured at Cabin Obsession and Small House Bliss.

We hope you enjoyed the tour. You can read more about float cabin living in Wayne's Coastal BC Stories series of books and e-books. Go to for more information and ordering details.

Want to see a review from last year, check out 2015 Top Ten Float Cabin Living Posts.

Hope your 2016 was as eventful as ours. Give us an update in the comments below. -- Margy


  1. Now I have a lot of reading to do---LOL
    We always make sure the chickens are back in their house and up on roosts at night---and then we lock them in

    1. That makes me feel safer for them. But I do bet they enjoy going around and eating all the bugs and stuff they can't reach in their pen. - Margy

  2. That makes for an interesting review. I remembered almost all of those posts.

    1. Thanks. It has been a busy year living it and writing about it. - Margy

  3. I YEARN for a new YEAR


    1. Hope it's a good one for all of us. - Margy


We welcome your comments and questions. - Wayne and Margy