These incredible beings came for a visit in the past two weeks. Aren’t they magical?! Jonathan researched them (Amanita muscaria) and found that they only grow in pine and aspen forests. They have taken up residence in our lower stand of aspen. Apparently, they are what made Santa so jolly, and why his reindeer can “fly”.
That’s right! The posts have arrived!! Can you even believe it?! After all this time, it seems like a mirage that they are actually here!
Many thanks to our extremely patient apprentice, Shelley, for her continued help this season. While I was busy trying to keep the kiddos out of the way (and not doing a very good job of it), she and Jonathan managed to get the system down for setting the first 3 posts. Only 30 more to go! Hopefully, it will start to go a bit quicker now that they worked out a good strategy.
Do you see all those changing colors in the landscape? Yup, Mother Nature is reminding us daily of the shifting seasons. (Scarlet keeps noticing too and reminding us that it will soon be her 4th birthday. She knows she is named after the intensely beautiful color of the leaves on the day she was born.)
Soon enough the snow will fly. And how far will we be on the house when this happens? That is the looming question for us. Stay tuned for updates!
Have you heard the news?? We passed our initial building inspection last month! And we have some other really good news to share, too! An amazing investor has reached out and loaned us the initial funds to get the insulated outer shell of the house complete…possibly by winter! We just placed the order for the posts and roof lumber yesterday! Yahoo!!!
We have, however, continued to face some hurdles to with the inspector, getting approval for our unconventional building materials and methods. The latest is that we need to send in another $1200 to apply for a special exception to build our below grade wall with earthbags. (The other option is using treated, AKA toxic, lumber.)
As deeply frustrating as these hurdles are, indulging in the drama, of course, does no good. It is good practice for us to learn to be awesome in the face of these challenges. (Exhausted sigh.)
In case you missed the short video tour of the house site and building plans, you can watch it HERE.
We were able to get the topsoil scraped away into a pile, and then separate the next 12 inches of clay into another pile. (We’ll use this clay later as it’s the perfect mix for our cob rocket stove inside the house.) All and all, a pretty exciting day!
We thought you’d enjoy this photo from today’s Nature Club. Our theme today was water and all of its connections. The kids filled up this WHOLE garbage bag with trash today on our field trip to Perch Lake! They did so great working together and helping to clean up the shoreline. Gib had a great question at the end though…”So how do we stop people from coming here after we leave and dumping more trash?” Very good question, Gib, that is a VERY good question.