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Forever home

In October 2017 my partner Jordan and I bought a wonderful piece of property to call home. We've been busy cleaning up old logging debris and putting in a road, and in July moved the tiny house to its new space... making it year 6 living tiny. We could not be more excited and grateful! As we begin this new journey in tiny living, you are welcome to join us on instagram until more detailed posts can be made. Instagram.com/rowanstinyhome 
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Morning woods

Morning mist and smoke from one of our many brush piles combine  to create even more stunning woods. One of the benefits of living tiny means we've been able to save up for this breathtaking land. Land to call home.

New shower (finally) installed

After 5 years of sponge bathing the shower is finally complete. This ad hoc tiny home shower system  uses hot water heated in a kettle on the stove, pressurized through a camp shower unit, and sent to the shower head through a military style pull chain. The result is absolutely divine!!! The wooden bathtub is currently getting refurbished, so the pressurizing unit is crammed into the edge of a plastic feed trough. It makes it a little tight in there for the time being, but we'll hopefully solve that when we do our next round of improvements. For now though, just going to enjoy the opportunity for easy rinses. See my post on plumbing for more info on the rainwater catchment and gravity system.... Plumbing updates

Upcoming Forum

This Saturday at the Woodstock Library I will be giving a presentation on building and living tiny. I'm also looking forward to having conversations with residents about how we envision the various shapes and ways mindful living could be encouraged in our community. It all starts at 5pm. Hope to see you there!

For more information visit: http://www.woodstock.org

Plumbing update

It has been a long time posting because, well, Willow and I have just been enjoying living. Exiting yet another long and very cold winter, the house has stayed snug despite a cat door that has decided to stick in the open position during subzero evenings. This year I estimate that I used less than a cord of wood for heating, and found that temperatures rarely dropped below 60 degrees, even first thing in the morning. 
I have received a few requests for more information on the plumbing so here you go.  As of yet, the shower is still not hooked up, so it is sponge bathing using a pitcher and water heated in a kettle on the stove and then mixed into a two gallon bucket of cold water. Laundry is done in small batches in a 5 gallon bucket with a plunger. 





These two 'piglets' hold about 70 gallons combined. An insulated plywood box then covers the sand filled area. The tanks did not seem to freeze at all, although twice I had to thaw out the intake pipe due to my own negligence in d…

Spring!

Spring is here and I have been celebrating by not being on the computer, so apologies for the lack of updates. While there is still much to do on the house, I have been enjoying the other aspects of life- the reasons why building the house was so appealing in the first place.
Spring began with my trying my hand at sugaring. Tree identification during winter turned out to be not as easy as I originally thought, and accidentally tapped some ash (although no sap, so the harvest was safe- and yes, please enjoy the pun). I did ultimately find 3 new trees, and I think a few more for next year. I went low tech with a fire pit out back this year, although I think I'll try making a barrel stove for next year since my teaching schedule conflicted some with the needs of the sap boiling process. Still, was able to produce almost a gallon of syrup this year, and had a reason to enjoy the brisk beginnings of spring outdoors.


The garden has been sorely neglected for the past few years and is fu…

The winter that keeps on going.....

This winter has certainly been the one to put the house through its cold weather tests. I am very happy to report that it has passed with flying colors, and has proven to be more comfortable than some of the apartments I have lived in. I wouldn't even consider the house as fully winterized as of yet (skirting was not completed, some of the older windows still need storm window), but if it could make it through these past few months without a hitch, than I am certainly not worried about future winters. 
The cold, unfortunately, was the least of my worries this winter. On New Years Eve I found out that my cat, Willow, had Injection Site Sarcoma, an aggressive tumor cause by one of her previous inoculations. Lesson learned... cats should get injections only in their hind leg, where the surgery is more apt to get all of the tumor, or in the tail, which won't be missed if needed to be removed. The only option was radical surgery which required amputation of her front left leg. My …