I found these rain barrels on Pinterest and have to say …. I think they turned out A-Ok!
I grew up in Manitoba and a couple hours North of my hometown is Riding Mountain National Park. A few friends have cabins up there and May Long weekend is the time open them up and mark the beginning of summer!
I spent May Long weekend opening up my tent and my land to sunshine and stars!
The tent stood the test of winter!
I cut down trees
Mia worked the axe.
A decent wood pile is forming.
A bridge out to the car park is almost done.
Fence posts for the HillyBilly Hot Tub area have all been cut.
Looking really good after only 2 days up there!
Thanks, yet again, to some amazing help from some awesome friends!!
Summer is coming and Camp Just Broken In is getting ready for the season…
Heat. This is the biggest question right now.
Wood burning stoves are romantic and gorgeous but they also throw a lot of heat! The stove that I posted a while ago would basically melt my space once it was up and running at full capacity.
I looked propane heaters but the standard ones sold in Canada are for garages and well ventilated spaces. My homes it going to be well insulated and sealed to combat heat loss so this type of heat make me a little leery. There are also Catalytic Heaters found in RVs, but they are not CSA approved and infrared heaters are not allowed in living/sleeping spaces due to safety issues.
Thankfully I stumbled on the website LivingLightly and their post on Small Wood Stoves.
Looks like the Hobbit Small Cast Iron Stove is what I have been waiting for!
For more information on Small Wood Stoves click here.
Just found out how awesome it is ….
A Tale Of a Town – check out some great Canadian stories
LEO Jul 23 | Aug 22 The hill where I take my late afternoon hikes is teeming with the six-petaled purple wildflower known as the elegant cluster-lily. Every one of them – and there are hundreds – leans hard in the direction of the sun in the west. Should I deride them as conformists that follow the law of the pack? Should I ridicule them for their blind devotion? Or should I more sensibly regard them as having a healthy instinct to gravitate toward the life-giving light? I’ll go with the latter theory. In that spirit, Leo, I urge you to ignore the opinions of others as you turn strongly toward the sources that provide you with essential nourishment.
As July 1st gets closer and closer I realize why people take 3 years to plan a move like this. Holy shit there are a lot of things coming at me from all directions and a ton of emotions come with each new thing. I keep oscillating back and forth between, I am brave, and, I am completely unprepared and insane.
As much as taking another year to do this sounds like an option it is not.
This month marks the 18th year that I have lived with Tinnitus (chronic ringing in the ears). In the last year in Toronto I have had to leave coffee shops, restaurants, clothing stores and bars all because of the volume at which they play music. A lot of the time it is overwhelming and frustrating for me to be out and about in my city. Lately due to the state of my health I feel like I am fleeing and not moving from Toronto so no matter how unprepared I am or how many issues present themselves that I did not see coming, I am rolling the dice and hoping like hell that being out on my land will help to bring some much needed quiet back into my life.
I have a great mom. She is amazing. She had a great mom. My grandmother was amazing too. The really great thing about good parenting is that you create really great offspring.
Today I would like to thank my Mom for giving me my childhood and one super cool sister to grow up with.
For more cool up cycled ideas check her and her partner out on Instagram @Eddie_And_Inas_Vintage
April 11 – Quebec City …. make yourself heard!
Mother Nature and all her hidden beauty needs a little support right now
From the beginning of this process I have never wanted to be the Building Foreman but I had to be the Architect! I love organizing space and making it work for me so this part of the journey had to be mine and mine alone. Originally I had a friend on board who was going to take over the construction side of things once I had the floor plan in place but life happened and that has changed. Thankfully there are hundreds of Tiny Home people out there so now I am on the search for my BluePrint person!
I have emailed these two guys …. so here’s hoping