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Forging a Way Through Shae's Opening

Way back in late August / early September I stumbled upon "Shae's opening" while forging the perimeter trail. I found his gloves next to the axe and road signs nearby... This will definitely be an area to explore further after tick season :) Tags: #offGrid, #DIY, #howTo, #frugal, #free, #nature, #natural, #landscaping, #livinmicro, #briars, #path, #hiking, #trail
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18v Ryobi Blue SawZall Mod (Cone of Safety)

Today, with leaves fallen allowing a better view of the size and girth of their parents, I explored the surrounding trees to maintain I was still within a cone of safety. After finding a few instances where trees had doubled in size over the past 6-7 months I decided to remove a few that were choking each other out due to over-competition & top a few of the taller ones that were beginning to overtake my house. It amazes me just how quickly some of these trees grew! Two of the trees I removed that were growing next to my house were baby saplings in May just months past when I began building but by mid-october they were already more than twice as tall as my home and close enough to hurt the structure if they were to fall upon it... Nature is alive and well on this property! In order to cut the trees I weighed purchase of a pole saw but found it would be just as easy, if not more effective, to to simply add to and modify my 25+ year old blue Ryobi 18 volt sawzall. Thi

Morning Project (Front Step)

During our Friendship Rendezvous, at Care Collective in Goldsboro, a few weeks ago one of the guests placed a "RED MARKER" upon my front entry. After inquiry it was explained to me that the front door required a step because it was too tall for most there to handle comfortably. I made it into a morning project a few days later and here are the results :) Tags: #tinyHouse, tiny House, #offGrid, off-Grid, #DIY, #howTo, how-To, #frugal, #free, #natural, #construction, #landscaping, #livinmicro, #doorStep, door Step, #doorMat, door Mat, #request

Forced-Air Wood Stove Surround

With only a short order of time remaining before my open house I had to finish the main interior of my tiny house as quickly as possible. I decided today's one day build would be comprised of creation of a forced air surround for my wood stove that not only protected the wooded interior walls behind the firebox but that would create both a natural convection current to fill the room with slow moving warmth but to inject some forced air to ensure circulation of the cold floor and under cabinets air pockets into the whole of the room to maintain my under bed and food storage areas would not freeze in the cold winter nights. I used the same extra thick sign metal sheeting materials as I did on the roof to not only ensure durability and heat separation but to also retain some of the stove's heat once the embers began to cool down. Over-all the project was a quick but successful venture. What do you think? Tags: #woodStove #convection #forcedAir #heating #tinyHouse #offGri

Party Prep: Benches & Driveway

Only two days to go before the gathering so I needed to prepare seating and parking for guests. I started off by walking two cinder blocks and a ten foot two by eight across the property to create a bench that skirts the horse shoe pits. My next move was to carry another two blocks and board up to create seating around the fire ring. Thankfully the two are close enough to each other to hold conversation between benches. There was another two blocks so I got a shorter board and created a forty-eight inch wide bench just outside the kitchen / food prep area window, one of the three new windows the yurt now has. I was onto the driveway after soaking the benches with bleach and soapy water then scouring them down to the fresh golden color of southern yellow pine with a steel wire brush. I needed to create a pad to lay under the rebar to spread the load of the traffic over bare soil. I was lucky to have had the waste wool and canvas from the rotted sections of the

Vid & Pics From The Property

Took a walk at the tail end of a short storm that came through. Distant thunder and drizzle gave way to an awesome sunset at the end of the trail in the main opening & a bright glow against the grains of the field against the dark sky at the road frontage. Nature is great :) Tags: #tinyHouse, #offGrid, #free, #nature, #natural, #livinmicro, #rainfall, #thunder, #creek, #sunset

Fall Campfire Gathering

๐“๐ข๐ฆ๐ž & ๐ƒ๐š๐ญ๐ž: OCT 30th from 6:30PM EDT into OCT 31st (if overnight stay) - Rain Date: Nov 6tth ๐€๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ & ๐œ๐š๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ!!! This is a "๐ต๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘Œ๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ ๐‘‚๐‘ค๐‘› ๐‘‡๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก" event due to limited resources. ๐Ž๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ: We have the yurt, one 10 foot tent, and several trail accessible campsites available for any that care to partake, one has a fire ring and the yurt has a wood stove. ๐‘๐ž๐ ๐š๐ซ๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐…๐จ๐จ๐: This is a "๐ต๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘ ๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘’ ๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘ , food, and/or drinks ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘ โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ (๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘กโ„Ž ๐‘›๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘˜๐‘–๐‘›๐‘ ?)" potluck style event (again) due to limited resources. We can setup the yurt for food dishes if need be. ๐’๐ฎ๐ ๐ ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ข๐๐ž๐š๐ฌ: Any suggestions or ideas for natural activities welcome!!! ๐ˆ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ญ: I would love to make this an annual or semi-annual event as seasons change each quarter and there are many things to enjoy here with more than half mile nature trail, our recen