There is so much happening right now, I don’t know where to start! So I’m doing a lot of pictures this time with notes about each one. But first, if you haven’t read about this week’s give-away (the first we’ve ever done!), read One Year Anniversary Give-Away! and enter the drawing to receive the DVD about living off-grid.
We’ve been prepping our 50 gallon plastic barrels we got free from a chemical distributor. They formerly held detergent, so while we are still on the grid we are detoxing them by filling them with hot water and letting them set overnight to leach out the chemicals.
Each barrel is done twice, so it takes a LOT of hot water! They will be used to store rainwater, and be part of the aquaponics system we hope to set up in the hoop barn we are converting into a greenhouse.
Silver Oak worked late into the night and again early in the morning to make use of the root rake and track loader we rented last weekend. One night he worked clearing palmettos and didn’t come home till 4:30 am! He got a lot done, in spite of some hydraulic hose problems, and it looks so lovely now where he cleared.
We had to go out to our old house to get some things we’d left in the barn, and saw the neighbor’s field was filled with blooming Black-eyed Susans again. That is a sight we will miss every fall.
We painstakingly moved the new shed Silver Oak built off the trailer and onto the ground at the new property. We couldn’t have done it ourselves without the help of our former neighbor’s tractor.
The children helped to spread hay on part of the newly cleared area since it will be a little while till we can plant grass. It makes it feel so much homier. The water-damaged hay is no longer good for animal feed, so we are putting it to another good use.
This site is now ready for our trailer to be placed. The children are very excited! What a beautiful place to live.
The children also piled up recycled fencing materials we hope to use soon for new fences.
Meanwhile, back at home we are packing and preparing food so we will not be overwhelmed with cooking right after our move. These are bags of our favorite bean recipe which we cooked and then dehydrated. Beans are economical and delicious when served with brown rice, but they take so long to cook. With this method all we have to do is pop them in the pot, cover with water, bring to a boil, and they are ready to serve. Sound yummy?
Hope you liked this little “tour.” I’d better get back to packing!!