Building the Boathouse – Brunyfire’s collection of international clay cooking pots, until recently, resided at the ‘shack’ property of Brunyfire and forever partner John in the Boathouse on Bruny Island in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, off the south eastern coast of Tasmania.
The Boathouse was designed and made by Brunyfire and husband John over a 2-3 year period from 2008………
……..and has a passionate significance as John passed away there after a gallant battle with a rare form of cancer in 2015, soon after it was completed. During the course of the Boathouse’s construction, this project was aided and abetted by numerous generous family members, starting with preparing the footings…….………and pouring the foundations.……with Daniel, Pat and Jethro. One of the main helpers in this project has been young Jethro who relished working with his Grampa on many Bruny projects…….…….such as the greenhouse that came later.
Once the shed footings were completed and a base slab cast for the under-croft with the position of the water tanks marked out……. ……the spare tanks were installed – for collecting any extra water for watering the garden, washing the dome and combating bush fires.Once the tanks were installed, the main structure to the under croft was built and the floor joists constructed in readiness and the flooring laid.The two side walls were built in situ on the floor and as they were hinged from the base, were lifted up and propped temporarily into position. Brother Pat then helped to unload the steel arches that John had prefabricated at our home workshop on Mount Nelson…..…….and with Tristan’s careful manoeuvering from the crane on his truck, the arches just reached to their destined positions.The framing was then clad with mini orb……..…….then, balancing long sheets of pre-curved roofing iron on our heads, we tentatively scaled our ladders and hauled the roofing on – a somewhat scary operation but one that we managed successfully without damaging ourselves! The installation of the massive glass sliding doors (to the rear deck) and the top windows was the most nail biting procedure of all, but the finish was worth all the effort
We then spoiled ourselves by employing a couple of brickies (rather than attempting it ourselves) to lay the pavers we had had stored for several years.And after all that effort, so many times have we just sat together in silent but contented exhaustion, looking out over our bay with no name, watching a pair of sea eagles swoop from our very own Bruny widescreen.But since then, the adventures have continued – traveling to the far flung corners of the world in search of those illusive clay cooking pots is Brunyfire’s future, catching up with friends and family along the way.
To my love……….
…….and passing on the baton. A lot has happened since finishing the Boathouse – completing the sub-division at Mount Nelson – selling the home dome – domestic and international travel (always with the sourcing of more clay cooking pots in mind) – finding a new home in the burbs – renovating said new home, and finally, selling the Bruny property. As with the sale of the home dome, Charlotte Peterswald, local real estate agents, did a fantastic sales pitch, and despite the difficulties of CoVid, we found the perfect purchasers who promise to run with the baton of cooking with fire.
Above – Brunyfire with family and friends at a last pizza bash before leaving for good.
As the property appeared for sale…..
The cooking pot collection continues to expand, and some of the ongoing stories relate to these new finds – all the pots now find themselves in their new home…….