Bunkhouse – A bunkhouse is a barracks-like building that historically was used to house working cowboys on ranches in North America. As most cowboys were young single men, the standard bunkhouse was a large open room with narrow beds or cots for each individual and little privacy. The bunkhouse of the late 19th century was usually heated by a wood stove and personal needs were attended to in an outhouse.
We are calling it a bunkhouse, but it’s really just a shelter to slip in to when it rains and you’re picking haskap.
And I don’t know why it happens this way but it just does. It’s the hottest day of the year, and the humidity is extreme, and I find myself on the roof of a building, roofing. Last year I was on a friend’s roof shingling with a crew of six. And a few days ago I was on the roof of a summer kitchen/bunkhouse that we put up this past week screwing down metal. It took me four hours to complete this task and I took three breaks, drinking nearly a gallon of water each time, and changing my clothes, which were so drenched that I was able to wring water out of them. But it got done, finishing just as a thunderstorm hit and it started to rain.
We are hosting Mass tomorrow and a cookout, and then berry picking for the church, which really was the impetus to get this all done and which we had been planing for so long.
Anyway, here it is. Not fully completed it needs doors made, a couple of windows cut and installed, vertical strips added to seal the cracks between the spruce board siding, and a good coat of pine tar mixture.
Let all guests who arrive be received like Christ,
for He is going to say,
“I came as a guest, and you received Me” (Matt. 25:35).
– RB 53.1