When we took possession of the land in the middle of Summer last year, there was a road that led us up onto a "clearing". The "clearing" could barely fit our trailer because really, it was still a forest :)!
|The excavator came with a playmate for tDog2|
In order to have access to water in different parts of the land, we also installed some stand pipes (that are designed not to freeze by emptying all the water after each use).
|Great pressure from just the slope!|
|tBoy getting an excavator operation lesson ;)!|
Back to the electricity... Power did not come just with the cleared road. We had to put up a pole and because we wanted most of the wiring to be buried underground, we needed more excavation. We also had to build an electrical shed and as much as tBoy would have liked to tackle this on his own, he lacked the experience and knowledge and we wanted electricity before Winter. How did we power the tools to build a shed without electricity?
|Meet our other friend, the generator|
|Excavator friend AGAIN! Needed for the final touches on the roof (when tBoy couldn't lean out anymore!)|
All of our belongings (that we acquired living in a house for a year - sigh!) was in a storage locker that we were paying for monthly. We needed a longer term solution, so we purchased 2 shipping containers. One for storage, the other as a temporary workshop for tBoy until his real workshop gets built. Again, our friend was there to help us (thank you excavator!) How did the pioneers do it??
First the land needed to be cleared and flattened (as much as possible)...
Winter was imminent, and the temperatures were dropping fast, not to mention the record rainfall that happened this Fall (you don't see this in all the sunny photos, but it poured here! Argh! We moved away from the Coast and the rain followed us!) So we didn't have time to do the exterior finishing. tBoy was not happy about the prospect of living with TYVEK all Winter, but we had no choice. Cold temperatures meant that protective oils for the wood would not cure.
Speaking of the inevitable Winter, we had to insulate underneath the trailer because our bus experience taught us that a lot of heat is lost underneath the trailer (bus). So tBoy and the carpenter built a skirt ALL around the trailer and tBoy packed in insulation (crawling underneath).
So what did tGirl do all this time?? Well. I did take a 2-week hiatus to do the Permaculture Design Course learning about all the possibilities for our homestead...
Coming up: Homesteading 102: Home.
|The view of the Lake from the potential site of our future house|
|The view from our porch this Winter|