SAW nuh. SOW nuh

Started last year in early summer to construct a “ fun project”. The sauna ( or steam bath as they say up north) began with the concept of having a relaxation space that could be used all year round. Toss up between that and a hot tub, perhaps both eventually, time will tell. In the first pic, the floor pad is laid out and consists of a 6 inch thick ( overkill) pad of reinforced concrete.

Then the enclosure was framed and boarded with rough pine.

Steel roof to match the house, and a window to maintain contact ( a little ) with the outside world.

Roxul  insulation covered with aluminum  vapour barrier to retain the high heat.

One important point is the addition of fresh air intakes and exit vents.Rear west side view.

The interior views showing the wet rock heater, thermostat, hygrometer and thermometer as well as lighting and cedar lined walls.

Once completed, the sauna has performed tremendously. We estimate that with the current electric charges that each usage costs about 60 cents! 
The enjoyment factor is huge, and all in all, a VERY worthwhile project.

Family History

Starting a new year, I will make attempts at publishing all available information on the relevant Family History pages of this blog. I’ll try to include all photographic records as well, and anecdotal information known. If you are reading this and have information concerning any of the listed families, don’t hesitate to contact me via the contact page, and submit what you have to further the family trees.

The families ( ancestral to me) are:

Gall  Preston Cambridge Ontario as well as Hamilton Ontario

Rollo  Manitoba, Canada and Scotland

Turner  Calgary Alberta Canada and Ivybridge, Cornwall UK

Sobilo/ Sabila  Preston Cambridge Ontario and Zaklikow/Momoty  Poland


Just a test of the system

Just fooling around trying to figure the system out. Had some changes made to the site’s layout and method of publishing and need to be more fluent with its inner workings.

This was the address of Mike Gall ( half brother of my grandfather Joe Gall) early in the 20th century.
The house is in Hamilton Ontario


We travelled to San Antonio last week……and had an awesome time! Such a clean and interesting city.

Stayed in the King William historic area, and walked the entire downtown  for three days. Stopped and observed court proceedings at the Courthouse and met with two judges who spoke about the state of justice in that area. Interesting and very welcoming reception from them both.

Saw the Alamo, Governor’s home ( built in the early 1700’s) and lots of other interesting architecture.

Ate Mexican food at every turn, and even tried on cowboy boots! ( not for me….) 😉

A week well spent, and finished up with dinner at the Liberty bar with our hosts Mark and Gaby. A great night…..

Already considering a return in the autumn…….