Friday, December 2, 2011

Welcome December

Laundry Drying
December 2...and it feels like Spring.  We are loving the weather as it is allowing us to keep working outside.  We also feel a bit weird as everyone is telling us this is definitely not normal temperatures at this time of year. 
We are working on installing our water coil in our wood stove for our hot water supply.  A bit stressful and exciting at the same time to be able to create our own hot water and not rely on others.  Being self sufficient...is our goal!
Hot water...here we come!





 Our front door also is finished...can't wait for those summer evenings and watching the sunset with a glass of wine!  Enjoy the first weekend of December!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Princess is Here!

Home Sweet Home
The cook stove arrived this week!  She is beautiful and fits perfect into the space that we planned her to be.  She came just in time as we had a blast of winter here with cold temperatures and snow!

Winter arrives

We installed the chimney and had our first fire today.  Everything worked well and I can't wait to cook and bake with it.  I think it will be an experiment, and I look forward to the challenge.  As you can see from the photo, we also put on a little roof at the front and side of the building.  We needed something to catch the water from the roof and so made this roof which we will also install a gutter to catch the rain for outdoor watering. 

Adding the roof
Final touches to the chimney
Everything is coming together and putting the final touches on for us to move in!  Yahoo :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Spring in November 2

Spring in November?

The weather has remained mild...we are having temps up to 15 degrees!  Really strange, but we will take it as it has definitely helped us with moving forward with our project!

We had some exciting news this week...Karl's mom and dad are coming out to visit us for a few days at the end of December...we are really excited that they will be here and we can spend some time with them!

All else is good and moving forward...here is a video to show you...until next time.

Monday, October 31, 2011

She's Ordered!

Another big move made...our Princess is coming home...Pioneer Princess wood cookstove that is!  This will be our heating, cooking and hot water source for our homestead.  We are very excited and look forward to delivery in the next couple of weeks.  

We were able to do enough research to find the manufacturer of the cookstove.  They are Suppertime Stoves located in Aylmer, ON.  This Amish family business began in 1979 and we were very happy to be able to do business directly with them and to be able to ask them questions about what we were looking for. 

Definitely excited to bake our first bread!  You know there will be more photos once it arrives.  Things are progressing...and I will put on some new photos and updates later this week. 

Sweet Dreams all...I will be thinking of my Princess.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Project Pine Floor Progress

Finding Planks in the Barn...18" wide!
Next step...planing the wood for the floor...17' long!

A peak at part of the floor...not to shabby!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Moving Forward

Trench Diggers
It has been a while since I posted...things have been busy!

We are currently working on the project of bringing water into the building before the snow starts to fly.  We were not so far off this week as we actually had a bit of snow...it did not stay on the ground but it was flying.  Wide range of weather from freezing to 22 degress today.  Definately felt good being outside today. 

Wanting to wish everyone a great Thanksgiving weekend.  Today was the last Saturday Bridgewater Farmers Market http://bridgewaterfarmersmarket.ca/ so we stopped in and picked up some eggs from the Corkum brothers and  some hot peppers from Rumtopf Farm. 


Until next time!
 
"Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk."- Dali Lama

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Everything is OK at the End

Ok, so I am not usually a Negative Nelly...today was not a great day.  From the start, things just did not seem to flow.  A bit frustrating and stressful...saw a saying today that I held as my mantra...
Everything will be OK in the end.  If it is not OK, it is not the end.

Sweet Dreams...I know I will try.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Mowing the Lawn

  
Man and Machine
A great day for mowing "the lawn"...15 acres of pasture to be more specific.  I thought this was a great shot of Karl using the scythe and our neighbor (whose grandfather owned the homestead) with his tractor helping us mow the lawn.  We hope to have this field up and running for animals to feed, a goal that we are working on for next year.
Getting back to our neighbor...it is great that it was his family that owned the original homestead that runs back at least 150 years.  He is a great source of history of the land as well as the area.  I hope to have some information posted of the history when I have gathered all the information and some photos.

Priscilla's Palace
   
Meet Priscilla Porcupine
After the mowing, we decided to open up a building that we have been hesitant to open up as we really did not know what was in there,  Today we found out...a nice big porcupine...and oh yeah, more tires!  I am not sure what he did with all these tires...we now have over 100 of them...anyone have any suggestions/uses of what to do with them? 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Insulation

Spray Insulation

More of it...
Our latest project was the insulation.  We chose to go with Spray Foam as it was the easiest and most efficient to work with the existing building.  With the spray foam, it provides the vapor barrier, prevents mold and mildew, does not rot and gives us a higher Rvalue than the fiberglass option.  The spay was done on both the upstairs and downstairs walls as well as under the house to provide insulation to the floor (the house is on cement stilts so there is gap between the ground and the house).  We thought of doing it ourselves and in the end choose to go with a company out of Halifax that we would recommend if anyone is interested in this option.  They were efficient and clean and well worth the investment of having them do the job rather than doing it ourselves.

One step closer to being ready for winter and moving in!