Well, here we are, back from cake land, and once again firmly rooted in the reality of building a homestead. Unfortunately, we have been rained out of our big moving day, which was supposed to be today. We will wait at the cozy town house until things dry up enough to move heavy furniture across wet ground. While I’ve been sharing endless photos of cakes and decadent icing, we’ve actually been hard at work creating a rustic camping situation that will be comfortable enough to live with for three or four more months, or until we finish the house.
So here is a little sneak peek of our soon-to-be home!
The garden is really coming along. I still have peppers, basil, and some okra and onions to plant, but the main push to build a sheet mulch garden is over, and now I’m enjoying planting, sowing, and watering.
Brian has been shaping and building a beautiful outdoor kitchen, creating level spaces with urbanite and earth moving, and using some lovely black walnut wood that we had milled up in Oregon to create counters and cook tops.
This photo is a week or two old, and shelving and running water has since been added, but you can see the sink, counter space to the left, and the cookspace to the right. The lower level will be the “pantry.”
Moving slightly east to the living room! That orange sofa was a total college move-out day score! Free on the side of the road for the taking. At first I gave Brian a “what are you, crazy?” sort of look, but I have to admit that it is comfortable and so useful for chilling out under the blue roof of the future house.
The Sun Oven at work! We will have a two burner Coleman white gas stove, a rocket stove, and this Sun Oven to cook with. I hope for lots of sunny days, as the Sun Oven is SO cool.
Tent, sweet Tent. Our neighbors lent us this enormous tent in which to sleep and play. The kids have loved spending time in there with their dolls and trucks; it’s relatively tick-free, cool, and spacious.
And maybe the most important element of our camping situation: Water. With this rain, we now have five 50 gallon barrels of water full to the tip top (and overflowing). The barrels we purchased from Pepsi for $10 each. They smell like Mountain Dew. To filter, we will be using a Berkey Water Filter.
I look forward to sharing more in-depth information about each of these elements as we move to the land and get more intimate with these systems. I know it will be a huge adjustment, but I’m really growing more and more excited to finally live on our land.