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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!

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The tent stood the test of winter!

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I cut down trees

jbi-maylong17Jeremy cut down bigger trees.

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Mia worked the axe.

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A decent wood pile is forming.

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A bridge out to the car park is almost done.

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Fence posts for the HillyBilly Hot Tub area have all been cut.

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Looking really good after only 2 days up there!

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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…

DAY OF THANKS FOR MARCH 30

GA-display of energyLEO Jul 23 | Aug 22 “The national anthem of Hell must be the old Frank Sinatra song I Did It My Way,” declares Richard Wagner, author of the book Christianity For Dummies. “Selfish pride is Hell’s most common trait,” he adds. “Hell’s inhabitants have a sense of satisfaction that they can at least say they’ve been ‘true to themselves.'” Heed this warning, Leo. Tame your lust for self-expression. APRIL FOOL! I was making a little joke. The truth is not that simplistic. I actually think it’s important for you to be able to declare, “I did it my way” and “I’ve been true to myself.” But for best results, do it in ways that aren’t selfish, insensitive or arrogant.

 

I could not agree more.

September Long Weekend Project

axet-1Hell yes please!

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I won’t be building the chairaxet-2

but I am going to build one of these.

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Some drinks and friendly competition among friends.

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Beautiful, beautiful bulls eye!

axet-5It can get as serious as you need it to.

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Real Serious….

I went axe throwing for the first time last night. I was not very good but I loved it.

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Priority Number 2.

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.

outdoor toiletInteresting but I am not interested in cleaning it.

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Thanks Stanley

poweritI 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.

 

 

Just Broken In – The Power of Trees

When I first walked on my land I could not imagine cutting one tree down, everything was just perfect. Then I experienced black flies, lack of sunlight, missing stars and too damp of air. Now, I can’t wait to get in there and cut out a space to stretch my legs in.

Two times I helped take down a tree.

The first one was the window maker and we had intense tools. jbi-widow3 jbi-widow5 jbi-widow4

jbi-widow6The second one was a random tree too close to the deck that we decided to pull down.

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Both times, amazing .

Instructables

The biggest challenge I am facing right now is the simple fact that I am not a researcher. Never have been. My life’s choices have been made by my gut and without a lot of thought to ‘what might occur’ or is this the ‘best product on the market’.

The first year of my land I had a friend take the reins on all of the projects; hanging the sign, building the deck and then winterizing the tent. If it was not for her brains and my neighbour’s tools (and generous hearts) not much would have been completed.

Now I have a base camp up there and 6 months of research time down in Toronto.

I have to admit for the first time ever, I am loving the research side to a decision.jbi-july26-22

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