Check out Daniel Norris
Check out Daniel Norris
Meet the heart of my home – The Grand Cook Stove.
6 loaves of bread, a tasty birthday cake or simple stir fry … sky is the limit!
as to how this is going to play out.
I am not interested in rushing or controlling the process but I am incredibly curious about this entire process. I headed up North last weekend with 5 friends to create a barrier between the snow melt and the actual tent. I now have a 1 foot moat around my tent and a deck free of snow. I also have an outdoor fire pit and a ice block couch.
I love that you can’t see the division between work and play. My heart expands a little with each visit when I see what we accomplished and how we decided to do it.
My dad was just in town for a visit. We started to talk about the actual building of the Ginger Shack. I realized that the only thing I had planned lately was my salt and pepper shakers. I have been stuck in the design/decorating part of this project. No surprise as that is my comfort zone/knowledge base. I have made a promise to myself that 2 times a month (or more if needed) I will be in a Home Depot, Home building, Fireplace type store.
My dad will be back in town for the first two weeks of August to help me build it. Meet the first of my family I have recruited. 3 more to go.
When I am living up on my land this summer, my first priority is to cut down about 50 trees. I need sunlight in there so the all the years of organic rot that make up the forest floor can start to dry up.
Second priority, an outhouse.
My friends seem to think this is something a person would have built right away but, to be honest, I really enjoyed the Farley Mowat peeing out my territory game.
I was going to make another hilly billy hot tub for my Ginger Shack but after seeing photos of Japenese Soaking Tubs I think I might be taking a different route.
Summer in the woods, you can feel very cozy and isolated. In winter you realize how incredibly close you are building to your neighbour and the main road. I have 23 acres and am probably 200 meters from my neighbour. WFT?!? Sorry Jeff, it was just the lay of the land.
I drew out the deck and the Ginger Shack in the snow and took stock of the winter view/exposure from the windows. I liked what I saw.
I grew up in a ‘normal’ home in the 80s. We had a lot of things that plugged in. Fridge, stove, lights, washer, dryer, microwave, Atari, television, VCR, hair dryer, lawn mower…the list goes on and it completely made sense.
When I left at 20 and spent a decade living with roommates, we too had ‘normal’ apartments. Fridge, stove, lights, microwave, stereo , television, VCR, phone among a few other things.
When I started living alone in my 30s, I prided myself on how few things I had that plugged in. I would say “take out the fridge, stove and lights and I have 5 things that plug in. Alarm clock, computer, stereo, phone and hand mixer.” I instantly liked going lean when I was left to my own space.
Next year I enter my 40s and I have decided to take my relationship with energy one step further. I am going to start the process of shrinking my reliance on the current energy board. I really don’t want to go off the grid. I just want the grid to shift. I love the little bit of convince and beauty that I live in right now but I believe it could be more intelligent.
The packing list so far – electric tooth brush, hand mixer, computer, cameras, phone and music docker.