By 2001, however, that big detached deck on the front of the house was deteriorating and we decided that a verandah running across the entire front of the house would cut down on the seasonal evening sun glare and provide what amounted to a sheltered outdoor living room in the summer.

This addition we were able to finance without any assistance, and it made a serious difference to the house, pulling together all the things we had done to it over the years. All of a sudden groups of tourists walking by on their way to Jack London’s and Robert Service’s cabins were stopping to look at the place and snap photographs. We were surprised.

Since then, it’s all been maintenance – the bane of any home owner – but it’s our home, and we like it.