Monthly Archives: January 2014

Winterizing the Yurt

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Winter in the yurt has been quite cosy in comparison to last year. We have a “sunroom” which blocks out [most] the wind, carpets that keep our feet warm, and a newly-sewn breeze rejector (sounds like a superhero, does it not?) that keeps the wind from gushing in under the the canvas/felt.

Last winter can be summed up by this image of a very bundled new mother nursing her tiny infant near the stove.

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The drying diapers were daily art pieces in the yurt last winter.

This winter, so far, is quite the opposite. Although I continue to be quite well-bundled I am much warmer now that I am not restricted to life in a chair. Alma runs around most of the day, so she is always warm, and if I fulfill the day’s quota of cooking, cleaning, and playing, I also stay quite toasty.

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Yurt in the Summer

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Yurt in the Winter

 

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Yurt in the Summer

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Yurt in the Winter

 

Our weather has been strange and yet completely normal for a Canadian winter. We have had snow, ice pellets, freezing rain, rain, sun; snow that feels like mashed potatoes, snow that sounds like styrofoam, and fluffy snow that hides the menacing layer of ice hiding just beneath it. 

The yurt has been as warm as any “normal” house most days this winter (even when it is -25 outside); however, we have had a few chilly mornings that warranted enough extra layers of wool that we looked as if we were about to climb a mountain. 

Happy New Year!

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Happy 2014!

In 2014 we are hoping to:

Yurt

  • finish our bathroom (install a tub so that we don’t have to shower at the in-laws’ in the winter)
  • build a new front door for the yurt (one with a window that doesn’t let the frost in)
  • build a bed/room for the wee one

Farm

  • plant things on-time and stagger certain vegetables (lettuce, carrots) so we can enjoy eating them all summer and don’t have to harvest everything at once
  • join a farmers’ market and sell our produce
  • take a permaculture course

Life

  • stop being such hoarders and learn to live with less
  • become an organized person (develop a semblance of a regular schedule; keep house clean at all times (ha); dazzle husband with array of home-cooked meals)
  • succeed at random challenges (e.g. have nice hair without shampoo; bake gluten-free sourdough bread that actually tastes good; live completely off-grid for one week each season) – we are open to suggestions if you have a crazy idea that you’d like to see come to fruition!