Thursday, 28 January 2016

Tiny Cottage Dry Shed

This dry shed has been brewing in James' mind for quite some time. In December, he had a few days off to make it a reality.

James and Dad spent about a week building a 12x12 dry shed on to the back of our little cottage. The metal roofing is recycled from an old barn/shed, and measures about 144 sq feet. Lots of rainwater collection area!

The best things in life are free.. And get you pulled over when the polive officer wants to make sure you actually strapped this massive thing in properly! This was a safe load and we were cleared to go.

I'm not able to help too much at this point, but at least I can help cut the braces.

It's beautiful! Next up: Water collection!

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Tree Cutting

We had some massive trees right behind the cottage that needed to come down. One needed to come down because it was leaning towards the cottage, and would probably come down on it's own in a few years or so. The second was coming down to make room for our new dry shed.

We attempted to shoot an arrow with a rope attached to it over the bottom limb of the birch so we could direct it's fall. That went about as well as you could expect, and our arrow got stuck in the tree. So then...

We sent our smallest party member up the tree. She's afraid of heights!! Mom did such a fantastic job!

A couple of stopped hearts and tie downs and come-alongs later... They're down and able to be cut up into firewood. That will have to be work for another weekened.