week:4 & Summer Solstice!

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The other day we sat back and realized that we have now been here for one month and one day, and it is remarkable just how much we have accomplished over the last 4 weeks!

Any one who had the great pleasure of visiting the trailer at Easter wouldn’t recognize this place at all! The living room / kitchen space is totally funky and livable! We are running with a trailer chiq theme. And so far so good! Although we are still subscripting to a bucket flush toilet system, life inside this tin can has improved drastically. Next week I will post pictures of the refinished kitchen, but this week although the finishings look great, we have tools everywhere and are doing dishes in the tub while the solid fir butcher block counter top is being assembled.

Even more exciting the garden is bursting with life and lessons! I have implemented many permaculture principles already and I am creating some seemingly positive systems to deal with weeds but in turn I am building soil mass and quality as well as diversity! I feel very fortunate to have a great amount of well fenced green space to play with and try out a few different systems. Last week I dug a huge swale at the top of my garden, it will be an access trail that is essentially serving a dual purpose as a passive drainage system to catch and slowly displace rain and spring water through the garden. The mound below the swale has been cover cropped with inoculated field pea as well as some clover and has become home to all of my tomato plants.  Much of the material I dug out from the swale was sand so building soil on top of the sandy mound will be a really measurable test I am looking forward to. The whole mass has now been covered with grass cuttings as well as straw to retain moisture and of course grow dirt! The herb heart is exploding with life and is a stunning entrance piece to the now newly cedar chip covered walkways in our bountiful garden! We are cooking up a big-ol pile of compost (the largest I have personally done, classes and studies aside) looks good so far, it’s steaming and smelly.. and I am eager to get my hands on the finished product! Continue reading

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Stunning sunny weekend and we  spent most of the day yesterday exploring the southern end of Slocan lake by canoe! found some native cave art during our paddle which was unique. It’s crazy hot these days, 30º+ We live in the most beautiful place ever! Here are some pics I just wanted to share.. not much to report.. we are just plugging away on the trailer, and the garden, compost, and building a chicken tractor and mostly enjoying the sunny valley ! We bought a vintage stove wood / electric a couple weeks ago, and some of the guys from my PDC helped us load it and bring it home, we will install into the trailer this week!

*** ANY ONE PLANNING TO VIST FOR A BUILD, we are ramping up to get a good crew together mid July to help raise a roof on Dyl’s shop! So plan to join us and camp! we have some big tree’s to haul out of the woods, and we’ll be building with sandbag and cob, So there will be some fun projects to work on.

More on the chicken tractor later this week along with updates on the garden etc….

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I am proud to say I have completed an amazing all encompassing 2 week class with verge permaculture, and I am now a Certified Permaculture Designer! Yipee! I could write for hours on all the ideas I have, but I thought I would share some of the very exciting super high tech new devises we are implementing these days in our new rural life:

Our new ultra energy efficient dryer

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