Thursday, December 8, 2011

But the fire is so delightful!

My Compost box, this is where i have been dumping my ashs, humanue, and food compost waste

The Road in has been getting better but its only going to last until the next snowfall, I am going to be building a small loft in my yurt and possibly bringing out a larger woodstove for heating this winter, time will tell!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Dawna's Birthday!


Hope everyone had a great weekend, my floor is leaking like a sinking boat, I wish I Could fix it :< the cold weather will be here to stay soon....

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

finished fixing my small yurt, glad its up again, stood on the crown, pretty stoked! also bought three black garbage bages of wood shavings for $12 for my composting toilet, need some hay now also need to finish the Sauna, and get some hydro going on, almost there!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Yurt v1.5

I mostly fixed up my small yurt now, its almost back to new I should have it up and running tomorrow, I want to bring to down south with me next weekend, we shall see!!

bought a CUTE little desk, going to try and refurbish it, not quite sure how yet I think I might know some one who can give me some advice....


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

kindling, Kitchen, Naptha OH MY!

I fixed my naptha lantern, its much quieter now, and more efficient then that propane one, I still need to get onto a re-chargeable battery system, but that wont be for a few months yet....

Bought a cord of seasoned maple, and cut a bunch of dead dry pine for kindling, kitchen is operational, made a sweet Vege chili this past weekend, would like to finish the Sauna and small Yurt before snow falls.....

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Remember Remember

November has been pretty stellar so far, the official move in date is this weekend, still need to order myself some seasoned wood, but all is well at the homestead, painted part of my floor and started to get my kitchen in a good place!!

That fall last week, really bruised me up good too....

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Stove Stove Stove

Back from a busy camping weekend! I hastefully took advantage of the good Sunday weather, I cut and split some wood, put the damper on my stove pipe, and cleaned up the area around my yurt a little, there is still much to be done, and the season is growing shorter by the day....

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Yurt Tour & First guests

I figured I would get some mice, but so soon I was surprised, looks like one has decided to make my Yurt his very nice home!

Here is a little tour of my Yurt, still having water problems, and its sure getting cold, I relise that the firebox in my stove is not big enough to keep a fire going through the night.... I am going to have to start looking into other options

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Leaky leaky

Due to some poor planning on my part, while I was away in sudbury today for work my yurt floor flooded fairly good... I rigged somthing up hopefully it works for the time being, its been raining hard for the past 24 hours and has just started to let up now, I am going to be away most of the weekend but will have to make sure everything will be fine before I leave.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Good night yurt

Last night a came out with Dawna to work on my insulation, around midnight her dog started freaking out barking etc, she decided to let him out neither of us thought much of it thinking it was only a deer or bear cub, needless to say vagabond got a mouth full of porcupine, we ended back in town to call the vet, he told us that vaga would be fine if left alone till morning then to bring him in, he got all fixed up today and is certainly a sad doggy, get well soon vagabond!!

Just finished eating a nice oven roasted pasta, and relaxing while the storm rolls in, there is suppose to be crazy winds and rain so I came out to tie down th hatches and see how the yurt holds up.

Goodnight all

Monday, October 17, 2011


Despite the rain it was a beautiful sunday evning, I spent most of the weekend volunteering (as per usual) but got to spend Sunday afternoon & evening out at the Yurt!!

The priority of the night was getting the cook stove up and running, and I do say it was successful! I had to cut a few fire bricks to fit he stove, and remove a cast iron plate from the front (where you would insert the wood) not sure what the previous owners of the stove did, but I am sure it was a pain in the arse!!

once I got the new fire bricks in, I installed the stove pipe, and cleaned up the area, and oh boy did that baby burn! once going it was great, warmed the yurt up real nice and cooked our dinner perfectly, the oven works like a charm!

We were also blessed with a beautiful double rainbow!!!

My insulation is arriveing this week, I will be installing that ASAP!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Rainy October

After a week of beautiful fall weather, we were gifted with a week of gloomy wet weather, which was alright by me because I wanted to test how the seal in my roof turned out. Turns out it doesn't leak as much as my floor does..... turns out since I left my walls bunched up at the bottom the water was collecting on them and pooling underneath, Dawna & I cleaned it up while trying to put a temporary fix on the problem until my insulation arrives later this week and I can properly cut the w alls and fasten them to the floor, hopefully it works.

Kijiji is one of the best tools for anyone starting/working/or planning any project, I have had so much luck with using this site its unbelievable, including the land I am leasing for this yurt project!! Last week while browsing I found something amazing....

1920's Singer Sewing machine!!

The pedal, the wheels and the machine seem to work great, I am going to clean it out a little then test it out as soon as I can! I have no doubts that it works like a charm!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Yurt down 2011

Its been a crazy five months! I didn’t get anything planted this year but we did manage to landscape the ‘swamp’ quite nicely in preparation for a beautiful garden, it will be in full bloom this spring, we have heirloom seeds for all sorts of vegetables!!

The most important thing is I completed my large yurt!! I made some mistakes with my math and once it started to go up it turned out to be 18 feet in diameter rather then 24, so I had to readjust a few things…. But its beautiful!!

I will be working on setting up my 12 foot yurt beside it, and will be living in it starting ASAP, please follow along!

Mobile yurt test!

Testing out the Blogger app for my smart phone to allow me to updated on the fly!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Day #1

Spent the first night at the farm last night, very happy, this is certainly the life for me! after arriving I unpacked some of the minimal gear I brought; a weeks worth of clothing, books, beeswax candles, sketchbooks, and art supplies, the essentials basically!

My Parents gifted me a chainsaw early for my Birth day, so I am very grateful of this, I also picked up a 30 watt solar panel on sale at Canadian Tire, I am pretty excited to put both of them into action soon! (the chainsaw tonight I hope)

I cant describe how much I love the sound of a crackling fire, the crickets and frogs on a warm spring night, its truly how life is meant to be lived, every day, every moment embraced within nature.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The 2011

Spring has been very kind to me, I have arranged the lease of a 40 acre lot equiped with an off grid cabin, I will be moving in at the end of the week but there is so much to do for summer.... I need to construct at least half a dozen large raised garden planters so that I can grow all of my food for the fall and winter, also need to finish my 24' Diameter yurt so that I can set it all up, I am hoping for June *crosses fingers*

I also made my first real backpacking trip of the season, a 24km round trip into Killarney Park, we had amaizingly nice weather as always, and met up with the Russians from least year's easter weekend!! Certainly looking forward to my next trip, or better yet canoe season!!

The best way to predict your future is to create it.