FINALLY!! Got back up to the property over the weekend. We were hoping the well guy could come out to view the property while we were there, but he is booked through the month. So we wait.
Instead, Michael worked on wiring the shed for electricity. We can now run lights and outlets with the generator, or just lights with truck battery. If/when we get the inverter then the battery will run the outlets so long as the draw isn’t too great.
Our next step is solar.
While Michael worked on wiring the shed, my son and I cleared more brush from around the cabin so we can expand our porch and make our outdoor “kitchen” a little nicer. We also added a privacy tent (blue item in background) with a bucket toilet. Whoot! Downright civilized!
This was the first time our son was able to come see the property. We walked the entire parcel while I explained all our plans and ideas. We also saw the familiar signs of our resident badger… still haven’t seen the badger yet. My son is already talking about putting a small cabin on the property for himself, as well. I am a happy mama for sure! 🙂
One thing I didn’t do so well this weekend was remember how brutal the sun is up here. It has been so long, and winter lulled me into a false sense of security. I received a fairly bad sunburn. Note to self: long sleeves and hats! Duh.
Items on our to do list for this year:
- Build a bunk and shelves inside shed.
- Build a corner counter/workbench in shed.
- Hook up solar to the shed.
- Get well dug and install solar powered well pump.
- Buy a cistern for the well.
- Buy or rent a tractor.
- Look into foundation for permanent home-site.
Let’s see how much we can get done before winter.
Our next trip up will hopefully be over 4th of July weekend and we can have 3 days up there to work.
To read other posts about our property see below.
What to do when your power goes out?
There are many aspects of prepping and homesteading that occupy my mind on a fairly regular basis. A couple of biggies are – Does my family have enough food to survive a long term disaster and what will we do if we lose power. Continue reading “Alternative Heating Solutions”
Also known as Oregon alder, western alder, Pacific coast alder.
Red Alder is the most common hardwood in the Pacific Northwest. It is also the largest species of alder. Seasoned alder burns warm, but fast. Wet alder puts out a lot of ash and very little heat. Alder cuts and splits easily with an axe, but will leave an orange stain on hands and clothes. Continue reading “Woodlot – Red Alder”
Also known as: Hedge apple, horse-apple, hedge, bodark, Bois d’Arc
yellow wood, mock-orange, and bow-wood, is a very strong and useful wood source. Continue reading “Woodlot – Osage Orange”
Spent 4th of July weekend at the property! Had a great time, just Michael and I this time around. We got alot of work done, and are ready for our first temporary shelter/Tuffshed to go in on the 29th. 🙂
We got a late start on Friday and arrived at the property at 4:15 am. By the time we pitched the tent, and crawled into sleep the sky was already showing hits of morning light! Continue reading “Property Updates 7/1-7/4”
Last night we were chowing down on our wonderful home grown romaine lettuce and it occurred to me that when we move we might not have salad dressing. Unless we make enough to splurge and/or we stock enough ingredients for dressing to last a great while (which we ARE working on by the way), we may eventually have no dressing. Here’s why: Continue reading “What? No Dressing?”
Things to Think About
There are so many things that we need to consider in the upcoming months and years while we are building our retirement homestead. The logistics of building a standard home are bad enough, but our home will need to be off grid and as self contained as possible. There have been a few posts individually about many of these topics already. Continue reading “Homestead planning – 2016 Goals”
Deciding how to power our cabin has been on our minds lately. When deciding where to place our cabin, we had to take into consideration the placement of our solar panels as well. Continue reading “Solar Power (Math, Yay!)”
I can’t even tell you how I came across this gem. I think I was looking up how to cook with a dutch oven and I came across this forum post. The gentleman writing the post had these fabulous pictures of a very sturdy, homemade dutch oven cook table. Continue reading “My Dutch Oven Cook Table”