Building a Stock Tank Shower or Bath

One thing we really wanted in our new sauna was a way to keep the cleaning process really contained. We felt that the quantities of water splashed about while washing up in the old sauna contributed to a number of boards with mildew stains on them and a generally icky feeling about how things were … Read more

Meeting a Salamander on the Road

N.B.: This post was suppose to have been published a few months back – not sure why the scheduler didn’t work, but I also didn’t notice it until now. So please understand that it is not seasonally accurate. Cheers! Several days ago on the way back from walking for the mail a little twitching movement … Read more

Modifying our Sauna Stove

Our sauna stove always seemed to have one fatal flaw – the fellow who welded it for us felt that he no longer wanted to weld regular steel to stainless steel. This meant that our stainless tank was just “hanging” off the back of the stove. There was about a 1/8″ gap between much of … Read more

Building a Sauna Platform

So we found someone to build us a sauna that seemed to tick off lots of our boxes. We wanted to have a bit of a deck to walk on around the sauna, so I opted instead to build another platform similar to the extra deck I built in the spring off the cabin. First … Read more

Canned Green Tomatoes

I’m not a big fan of tomatoes at the best of times. I am indifferent to ketchup, the blandest of the bland condiments (although invaluable if you get some really bad french fries). I also don’t really mind pasta or pizza sauce. Salsa (or better yet Salsa-Mayo 50/50 mix) is good on nachos, but after … Read more

Completed Wood Piles

Just some satisfying pictures of the last of my birch cut, split and (mostly – until my pile fell over) piled. Much appreciation for Donna and Kenny helping out with these to make less work for me!

Decommissioning the Sauna Water Tanks

So the notion of keeping our fresh water pumped into tanks in the loft of the sauna met cold, hard reality early on in our adventures here. We rapidly realized that keeping the sauna (or at least the tanks) from freezing in winter was a losing prospect. As such, for the first year or two … Read more

A Furry Snake Visits the Homestead

I was doing some fall chores, digging out the humanure hacienda, trimming some weeds around the cabin and prepping the site for the new sauna. While getting ready to warm up the ATV, I saw something dart past me in the garage – at first I figured it was one of our many chipmunks, but … Read more