May was a beautiful month. A little cool, but rather dry and no mosquitos! Most of these posts will be showing our building progress so I thought I would do one on what our life looks like when we are here.
Cool evenings usually lead to a fire, and when there is a fire there are
Our campsite adapts a bit more each time we are there. Having two tents set up has given us a bit more space, and the tarp stretched over our table has given us some shelter from the hot afternoon sun.
One thing we are of course always fighting with kids is the dirt. So we have done a couple things to help.
This was the first set up of our shower. A camping style water heater that runs on propane, a water pump hooked up to a DC battery, which is charged by a solar panel. We have several 5 to 7 gallon
The second thing we did to try to keep things clean was spread wood chips all around the campsite. We rented a wood chipper one day and ran most of the branches from clearing for our house through it. Moving the wood chips was a family project, even our youngest enjoyed showing his stuff. This
Being on the land in the spring has been a wonderful time. There isn't much undergrowth so getting around is relatively easy. Seeing the leaves come out on the trees made the woods change daily. It evolved from an open wood of trunks and branches to a series of enclosed rooms where visibility past the next tree quickly disappeared and trees became walls. It is amazing how the leaves change our perception of distance in the woods.
Because of the dry spring there was no flooding early, that came late this year, and we were able to explore lots of areas that are usually under water this time of year.
There is a lot of geometry
And here is what happened to them in under a month of growth. And as you can see
This is our dog Gunnar, he is 12 1/2 now. Starting to show his age, but he loves the walks through the woods with us and often follows the kids as well. More and more of his downtime is spent sleeping around the campsite. We hope he keeps holding on.
Here is a pocket of water trapped a few days after a big rain. June has been wet, so we have been spending more time on high ground and in the field. And we have been starting to make some progress on our work up there. I'll share that next.