February 15, 2014

The Ice Hut and Auction

Happy Saturday, this is one of two posts for today.  This one I wanted to keep on it's own. On Thursday we headed up to Sudbury to see Ben, Big Red, attend his presentation and ice hut auction! Thankfully we had sunny skies and dry roads heading up to Sudbury.  It can be kind of dicey going up north this time of year, the highways are more often snow covered than not, so it was a good day.

This is Big Red before going to auction--Ben was apparently wishing it was the playhouse he had as a child.  LOL

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At the auction


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The floor was painted by two of the group members. the large squid head comes off  to expose the hole in the ice to fish from.


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Yes it was a cold as it looks up there, my fingertips were numb after taking a few photos!


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The presentation:

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The auction: the opening bid for Big Red was $1000.  It closed at $2100. Not bad for a 6 x 6 x 12 house with a hole in the floor and no heating.  LOL

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Couldn't resist sharing a photo of Ben with his card making girlfriend (yay me), also one of the designer's of Big Red.

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A really fun day 4 1/2 hour drive each way. Ben was originally coming home with us for his reading week. However, he really felt he needed to attend his Friday classes to make sure he had everything together for assignments to be done over his break. He is taking the bus home today.

Thanks for popping in.  Have a great weekend!

25 comments :

Alanna said...

This is so cool. I'm glad the roads and weather cooperated for you.

Anita in France said...

How great to see Big Red ... and your handsome son ... and how creative was that team! Ben must take after his (rightfully) proud Mom! Anita :)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

How fun!!!! Loving the photos!!!!!

Janet Zeppa said...

very cool hut! So glad the weather was agreeable for you to go!

canadian_liner said...

Great post, thanks for sharing. The ice-hut is such a Canadian thing! Although it is pretty popular in Wisconsin, too, where we spent 10 years. If you ever get the chance to see the musical "Guys on Ice," take it!

Kara said...

how cool! love the squid!:)

Marybeth said...

What a fun post Tracey! You must be so proud! How fun that you got to go and make the visit...the ice / fish house is amazing...love the painted floor! How fun for his GF that you have so many supplies to play with :) beautiful picture of Ben and his GF...TFS

Virginia L. said...

AW...what a proud mama moment and post, Tracey! I am SO happy for Ben and his team. That is SO AWESOME that they got such a high bid for the ice hut ( love that name Big Red)!! It looks like such a fun house to be in! Even though I don't/never do ice-fishing, I felt that I want to go ice-fishing with that house over me!! Ben and his GF are such a cute couple! Big happy hugs to you!

Jacquie Southas said...

What a fun project - love that it is red!

Joyce said...

Fantastic--that ice house is so cool, and amazing that he designed and built it just practically moments into his college career. Love the pictures, especially of him and his cutie pie girl friend. You should adopt her.

Marisa said...

LOVE Big Red!! what a fabulous design and love the floor LOL! Cheers to his success :)

Lisa said...

They did a great job!! Big Red would be easy to find in a snow storm LOL, nice and bright! Happy you had a safe trip. Cute photo of Ben with his new girl ;)

Cathy Weber said...

This post made me smile! You must be so proud...and LUCKY you...the girlfriend likes to ma4ke cards!

Bobby said...

Wow! Ice shanties aren't that gorgeous around here. I love the painted floor. Congratulations to Ben for work well done. TFS

Katie Ann Brooks said...

How neat is this and love that his girlfriend is a card maker!

Laura B. said...

Soooo cool! What a handsome and talented son you have!

Annette Allen said...

aww your family is so sweet.. great photos glad they had a great time..

~amy~ said...

AMAZING...how fun Tracey...such a proud momma moment, eh?

Extra perks that his girlfriend is a card maker!!! Such a cute couple:)

Kim Heggins said...

Tracey, this is amazing...I am sure you are so proud of Ben and all he had done in college so far. Love that floor too, so creative! What an adorable girlfriend too, and that she loves to makes cards is a fun bonus!

Kelly Griglione said...

Awesome post, Tracey, thanks for sharing it with us! The fun red color and shape of the house almost tricks me into thinking ice fishing wouldn't be so bad : ) Way to go, Ben!!

Lynn Mangan said...

Tracey, so very cool...love seeing all the pictures. Fabulous auction! Hope Ben had a safe trip home...enjoy your time together!

Lindsey said...

Wow! This is so awesome, Tracey! What a happy mom you must be...and so proud, too!

Michelle said...

That was a fantastic story! The little ice house looks fabulous. What do people fish for when sitting on ice in these little huts? I assume FISH, but what type of fish? When I moved away to university as a 17 year old, I was five hours from home. I rarely got a visit, usually just dropped off at the beginning of the year and collected at the end - I used the bus in between for breaks. I bet Ben loves that you made the trip! Oh, and his girlfriend looks very cute - bonus that she is a card maker. ;-)

Jill Norwood said...

This is so cool!! You must be so proud! It looks like it was a fantastic experience!!

Michelle said...

It sounds like an amazing day! You must be so proud...as you should be, not easy raising an independant and respectful person today!