Now that we have officially transitioned from the season of plentiful electricity to the season of wood fires and supplemental butane burning, it has become very, very helpful to be able to carry hot water from one of our burn times through to a time when it is required. Usually now we are having a … Read more
Whelp, another day, another scheme to try to reduce the amount of iron in our well water. This time through aeration. I’ve read a bit of information that says that iron (and manganese) can be oxidized and I suppose form larger particles that can actually be removed by a physical filtration system. That sounds a … Read more
I probably haven’t spoken of it in detail, but we’ve been living with a Berkey water filter now for the past three or more years. It’s been the exclusive source of our water for cooking and drinking. Since the new well went in last year, we’ve had a fairly large problem with iron, and as … Read more
Whelp, it was time to get new tires on the Ranger… The old ones I purchased used about five years ago already, and I don’t swap them out seasonally the way we do with the Echo. As such, I thought it made sense to get the ATV readied for winter at the same time. I … Read more
I guess we’ve had a long summer season here this year. In fact, it seems to have shattered previous records. More worrying evidence of climate change – even if the immediate effects seem more beneficial to us here in Thunder Bay, I don’t want to think it comes at the expense of others in the … Read more
Ha! The other day this fellow acting like a cock of the walk came strutting up around the sauna. Sheesh, it’s like he owns the place!
Yikes! We woke up to this the other day! At least it was predicting sun! Yup, 16 inside, and almost 7 below outside! The pond hadn’t frozen, but small puddles elsewhere certainly had! Thankfully we got a cheery fire going eventually.
With the new tile work around the inside and outside of the sauna stove complete, and much of the trim, it was time to add the heat shield on the inside. This should also protect the walls a bit from thrown water, which can tend to stain the walls with drops or water spots. Leftover … Read more
Back in Kitchener, I found having extra pegs in the bedroom for hanging clothes was invaluable. Donna and I both like to wear clothes more than once before tossing them in the laundry if they are still clean, and having a place to hang them to ensure they are aired and dried is a real … Read more
As the weather gets colder, I have been increasingly aware of the humanure pile freezing up for another season. This past summer I had been emptying our buckets into a smaller trailer I had purchased LAST year for just this purpose. I was unimpressed with having to muck out the entire half of the hacienda … Read more