Our permits

Hallelujah!! Our final permit arrived today! These 3 pieces of paper mean it is finally legal for us to live here on our 6 acres. Many thanks to the kind folks at the zoning office for their patience with our unconventional plans. It’s been more than a year of paperwork and phone calls, (not to mention the $4300 gifted to us from supportive friends!) that finally earn us the right to build our life here. Thank you for your ongoing support!

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Plan C Has Arrived!

Many of you have been asking our winter plans, and have heard the long story of our logistics.  With these colder nights and shorter days, believe me, we have been working hard to find those answers too.

The short answer is: Plan C!

Plan A (building the house/barn/classroom) ain’t happening, yet anyways.  Plan B (building the outdoor classroom and temporarily insulating it for the winter) was just too tricky to sort out, with permits and building time etc.  Worst case scenario was that we’d move off the land to a rental or house-sitting gig for the winter.  On a brainstorming whim, I mentioned to Jonathan that maybe we just need to find an RV or something.  20 minutes later he texted me a Craigslist ad, and a few phone calls later, we have this tucked into the oaks up on the hill!…

Yup. It’s a school bus!

And it’s fully insulated and finished with tongue and groove cedar.

With a sweet little wood burning stove.

One bunk is already built, and some extra cedar for us to use.

And the beginnings of the kitchen.

This nook will be little benches and the kitchen table.

So obviously it still needs some work to make it move-in-able, but wow, we are so grateful to have a warm place to live on the land this winter!  Many thanks to Tom, who graciously let go of this dream project of his so that our family can occupy it!  If anyone has an afternoon to help Jonathan with setting it up for us, please let us know!  We can feed you and send you home with eggs!

It truly has been a beautiful summer, and I feel so blessed to be able to live here, however humble our living situation may be.  A friend stopped by a week or so ago and heard the story and conundrum with our building plans.  His response was, “Well, it sounds like a fun problem to have!”  Ha!  So true, my friend, so true.  Aren’t we lucky to have this blank slate upon which to create our future!

Love to you all!  Many blessings for this Fall Equinox time, may your harvest be full of beautiful friendships and warm memories this year.

Love,
Heidi

 

We live here now!

After a VERY. LONG. WINTER. and an intense transition this spring, we are so excited to say that we finally live here on the land!  As of June, we’ve been living here at our camp, sinking in with the daily rhythms of outdoor living with three kiddos.  We actually really love it.  It’s true, many folks think we are nuts.  We know we are, and that’s OK.  This is awesome.  Sure it’s a pain that we need to haul all our water from over at my parents’ barn, and yes, the ticks were a drag this spring…but it has been so nice to wake up with the birds and walk over to our kitchen in the tipi to cook our fresh eggs over the fire each morning.  And the girls are so much happier outside.  Slightly less bickering than normal.  😉

We of course still have many challenges, including raising the funds to pay for all the permits necessary for our home and business (more than $5000!) and the big question of where we will live this winter.  This colder weather recently has kicked in squirrel instincts, and we are sorting through our options to be prepared for the snow to fly.  We really could live in the tipi this winter if needed, but we’d rather have a more insulated option.  Our plans for natural building are relatively affordable, but the hoops to jump through for the permits are daunting.  All I can say is we are doing our best to dance with the challenges, and move at a steady pace towards our dreams.  We really are so thankful to even have the opportunity to live here and be the stewards of this sweet land.  Anyhoo…

Since I know some of you are curious how our life looks now…here’s a few photos of our new home:

Our entrance!

Our entrance!

The carport

The carport

Inside the carport, the tent is up on a raised plywood floor

Inside the carport, the tent is up on a raised plywood floor

The gardens!

The gardens!

The kitchen inside the tipi

The kitchen inside the tipi

The girls caught some sunnies at Perch Lake and we fried em up!

The dining/lounging area

Sunset glow

Sunset glow

Scarlet and her golden glow

Scarlet and her golden glow

The "fridge". A galvanized trash can buried in the earth.

The “fridge”. A galvanized trash can buried in the earth.

My ideal wash station. Notice the height is perfect for the girls helping.

My ideal wash station. Notice the height is perfect for the girls helping.

Jonathan has also been hard at work on the coop

Jonathan has also been hard at work on the coop.

A roofline that matches the slope of the land

A roof-line that matches the slope of the land

Finished just enough to move the chickens over!

We’ve been busy with our Earth Artists Kids Camp this week, and I will post some of the amazing photos soon.  For now, know we are well.  I hope you all are, too!

Many Blessings,

Heidi