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Renee Stubbs

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Planting, Building and Finding water...

So here we are, already into June and time has been flying by so fast I can hardly believe it. Life is so busy here that there's really no time to look at clocks or calendars... Time is not irrelevant, but here, more than ever,it seems to be another bizarre fabrication of our insane society.

We go to sleep when it's dark and wake when the light begins to return and the rooster crows. There's no tv or internet to keep our brains busy, so we do real life stuff,(ie:chores :) -and listen to cbc radio2, (the local stations are like audio junk food, all ads and crap music with absolutely no real substance whatsoever...)

We have 30 meat chicks on the go, potatoes are planted, and we found a spring! We've been boiling lake water and carrying drinking water in, so this development is very exciting to us. It's up-hill from the cabin, and not too far away, so it should be relatively simple to set up a gravity line to a reservoir closer to where we are...

I was talking to our closest neighbors recently, they were kind enough to invite us to dinner last week, and they are interested in doing a sort of co-operative gardening project, they have land and we have workers. This is perfect for us, as we are living on virgin land that needs so much work, and they are on land that's been farmed for generations... And I have lots of seed potatoes left to plant, so YAY!

Our meat chicks are getting a deluxe hexagonal log dwelling, the bugs have been decimating the spruce trees and if we don't use the wood one way or another it will just rot into the ground. The other day we found an ancient spruce tree fallen, too big to get my arms around, it had bug damage at the core and just snapped right off at ground level. Still good for firewood, but what a waste of lumber...

I really wish I could post some pictures, but I haven't quite figured that out yet...
Soon, I promise!



Thanks for reading my meandering thoughts, it's nice to think that someone is listening!

♥ ♥ ♥Renee J.♥ ♥ ♥

Saturday, May 15, 2010

How we save $ on and conserve nutrients in hot rice cereal...

We used to buy Bobs Red Mill rice poridge at $5.49/7.50g. It's a great product and I would buy it again, but I got this great grain grinder on sale for around $15. at Princess Auto... Now, we buy a 2kg bag of long grain brown rice and run it through the grinder once or twice. 750 grams of that rice costs us about 1.50, well worth the time and energy spent grinding. 2kgs of the pre-ground stuff would cost $14.64, so the grinder paid for it's self after 2 bags of rice... Also, because the rice is ground immediately before cooking, it has higher nutrients than if it sat on a shelf for who knows how long waiting to be bought...

Undacovamutha*Renee Janet

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Still Plugging Away At It Tho...

This week we put a "new" window in the cabin, we'd scavenged it from an old mobile home last year and all the window trim and paint were on hand from past projects. We're getting really good at doing stuff like that for free, and it's more than a little gratifying to be able to use things we saved or collected over the years... I wish I could post photos, I would show the daffodil yellow wall and crisp white window trim, it is stunning.

Undacovamutha*Renee Janet

Mothers Day is a GREAT idea! I choose Sunday...

Sunday, May 2, 2010

THIS IS A TEST!

Here I am, sitting on the dock at the lake, trying to figure out this mobile blogger thingie. I tried to post a photo yesterday, but it showed my secret mobile blogging email addy... SO, I changed it and here we are again. Fingers are crossed!

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

We are here...

We are finally all moved and settled, living off-grid in that one room cabin on the lake... Eagles calling to each other wake us early in the morning, along with the crows of Foghorn, our American Leghorn rooster, the latest addition to our small flock. Loons are going off at all hours of the day and night, and the other morning we saw two of them doing what must have been some sort of mating ritual, they were almost running on the water with their wings, like windup toys, going around and around the lake tirelessly for at least 15 minutes, very strange indeed.



We've built a henhouse, set up a laundry shed with a generator, washer and propane dryer. Six people make a lot of dirty laundry in a hurry, so that was a real priority for me after a few trips to the laundrymat in town with a dozen loads to do. A bathtub will be installed as soon as I can find a big old clawfoot tub for cheap or free...



A garden is going in as we speak, sunchokes(jerusalem artichokes), oregano, potatoes, salad stuff, and lots of flowers are on the go, the kids have started some sunflowers, beans and birdhouse gourds on a window and they are increasingly excited to see their plants growing and stretching out towards the light...

We have no internet connection but I am learning to use my mobile phone for email and will soon work my way through the stacks of unanswered mail, my sincere appologies go out to all who've been neglected over these last few months.